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Coronavirus contactless card limits of Visa and MasterCard in Europe 2020, by country

Contactless card limits across Europe grew substantially in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, as contactless payments were promoted across the continent. Changes become evident to see when compared against a similar overview for 2019. Back then, there were only six countries in Europe where the contactless payment limit was 30 euros or higher. North Macedonia, for example, had a contactless card limit of 12 euros. In 2020, this had more than tripled and reached 41 euros.

Contactless card limits on Visa and MasterCard in Europe as of May 2020, by country

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Release date

May 2020



Survey time period

May 2020

Supplementary notes

Figures have been converted in some cases from original currency and rounded.

Figures displayed are the maximum limit of contactless usage before a PIN must be entered for authorization. It should be noted, however, that the limits above can vary from bank to bank and card to card within a country. Therefore, the data is a rough guide.

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