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novir Feb 19th, 2010 01:48 PM

Credit Card acceptance
I vaguely recall that European traders (restaurents, hotels etc) nowadays require that ALL credit cards are micro chipped. I will be travelling in Italy and Switzerland in April/May and need to check this point out as one of my cards does not have such a chip.
Can anyone comment please?

eliza61 Feb 19th, 2010 01:58 PM

I contacted both of my cards (chase visa and american express) just to make sure in time for my upcoming May trip. both assured me that my card was acceptable but I may be asked for id. Hope they are correct.

Seamus Feb 19th, 2010 02:03 PM

Your recollection is not only vague, it is incorrect. Cards with mag stripe rather than chip are accepted by merchants. They may not work with some unattended machines (e.g., toll booths, gas station pumps, ticket vending machines) but there is no problem at places of business. The merchant may need to key in numbers rather than their being read electronically but they do work.

minorc Feb 19th, 2010 02:39 PM

Are American Express cards accepted in most restaurants in Italy? I remember that many places only took Visa/Mastercard.

richardsonsnm Feb 19th, 2010 03:15 PM

AMEX is not as accepted as visa but I have used AMEX alot there, hotels no problem but maybe less so in restaurants.

nytraveler Feb 19th, 2010 05:12 PM

AmEx i s accepted at more moderate/upscale places, but some more modest places may not take it- but only Visa or MC. In any case you should always take at lest 2 different CCs - just as a back-up.

novir Feb 24th, 2010 01:22 AM

Many thanks to all replies!

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