Visa contactless payments

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Visa contactless payments are the easiest way to pay for low-value, everyday purchases in less than a second.

There’s no need to insert the card into a terminal, sign your name or enter a PIN. Instead, you simply hold your card in front of a special contactless card reader. Transactions take place in less than a second.

It’s fast, convenient and secure and means you can wave goodbye to cash.

How contactless works

  1. If there’s a contactless symbol on the front of your Visa card, you can start paying with contactless right away
  2. You can make a contactless payment at any retailers that display the contactless acceptance symbol . Lots of retailers already accept contactless payments, such as The Cooperative Food, Costa Coffee, London Buses, McDonalds, M&S Food and Starbucks, and more are joining all the time
  3. Just touch your Visa contactless card to the contactless reader and hold until you hear the beep and the display confirms your transaction has been successful.
  4. You can pay for anything that’s up to £20. As an extra security measure, you may occasionally be asked to enter your PIN. And as with all Visa products, your payments are protected.

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