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Credit Cards Accepted

I know there are lots of ATM's in most of the villages but do most of the establishments take US type credit cards (magnetic stripe) or do they require the European type card with the pin? We are considering whether or not to get a pin type card.

Thanks for your help!

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1. Re: Credit Cards Accepted

A magnetic stripe card should work anywhere when the transaction is processed by a person. You may have difficulty with vending machines such as fuel pumps or ticket machines.

Most "chip" cards available in the USA are "chip-and-signature" rather than "chip-and-PIN". These cards offer little advantage over a mag stripe card.

Be aware that many smaller establishments do not take cards at all.

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2. Re: Credit Cards Accepted

These villages are very small. "Lots of ATMs" may be a bit misleading.

I note that one of my ATM cards, the fee free one I use OS, does not have a chip, even though we do have chip and pin technology here. My CCs have chip and pin.

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3. Re: Credit Cards Accepted

In Monterosso, we only have one ATM in the new section of town (Fegina) so if it's not working (it is usually not working) you have a bit of a walk to the old town to withdraw money. Most places do take credit cards, though very few take American Express.

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4. Re: Credit Cards Accepted

Not sure what you mean by "pin type card". Just call your card issuer and see if they can set a pin for you, they usually mail it since the person you talk to can't know it, then you can reset it by phone or on line perhaps.

But not every machine will ask for the pin

Edited: 06 September 2013, 11:35
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