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Visa contactless is the fast, simple and secure way to pay every day. No matter if you’re an Olympian buying a healthy smoothie double-quick, or a commuter craving your coffee in a flash, Visa can help you pay in record time. As a proud Worldwide Sponsor of the Olympic Games, Visa will be the exclusive payment services sponsor at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 and the only card accepted at the Olympic Games through to 2020. The games run from February 9 to February 26 – find out more about our Team Visa athletes and how you can follow the action and support the team in PyeongChang.

 

5 Things You Didn’t Know About PyeongChang 2018

  1. Team Visa will be taking a roster of 43 Olympians and Paralympians from 19 countries to PyeongChang 2018.
  2. The Olympic Winter Games will assemble 2,500 athletes from 90 nations – including Team GB, of course. Since 2000, Team Visa has helped aspiring Olympic and Paralympic athletes pursue their goals, both in and out of competition.
  3. The region will become PyeongChang with a capital ‘C’ for the duration of the games, to avoid confusion with North Korean capital Pyongyang. In 2014, Masaai tribesman Daniel Olomae Ole Sapit mistakenly arrived in the latter on his way to a UN conference in the former.
  4. Great Britain’s best ever medal haul at the Olympic Winter Games is four – in both 1924 and 2014.
  5. All the Olympic venues will be Visa contactless enabled at PyeongChang 2018. Athletes will also be showcasing new contactless-enabled wearables, including gloves, stickers and pins, at more than 1,000 terminals across Olympic Winter Games venues.

Team Visa Athletes

Download the Team GB app

You can follow your Team GB stars in action at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 with the official Team GB app, in partnership with Visa. Download it in a flash and you have event schedules, results and medal updates at your fingertips.

The Team GB Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 app will give you live medal alerts and a quick and easy way to share your support on social media. With regular updates of when each event will take place in UK time, you won’t need to miss a single moment. Download the Team GB app today from the App Store or Google Play store.

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Fast. Simple. Secure

Pay quickly and securely for your purchases everywhere you want to be. Simply tap and pay up to £30 with Visa contactless, or more for some mobile purchases.

On your card

With more and more places in the UK where you can make contactless payments, tap and pay is the easy way to make your daily purchases1.

On your mobile

Just add your Visa card, then tap and pay with any NFC-enabled or iOS 6 or later smartphone. And for mobile payments, you can even make purchases over £30, depending on approval from the retailer and your bank.

Everywhere you are

Make contactless payments with a variety of devices – whether it’s a wearable smart watch, wristband, fob or sticker. Pay effortlessly with all using the power of Visa contactless.

 

FAQs

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How do I get Visa contactless?

As contactless payments become the standard method of payment for purchases under £30, your bank will usually issue you with a contactless card automatically when your existing one expires. Otherwise, you can apply for a new contactless card from your bank in the same way you would apply for any other Visa card. Check with your bank for an update on what Visa contactless cards are available.

You can also download the Visa app onto your smartphone from Google Play or Apple App Store to make mobile phone payments.

How do I use my Visa contactless card?

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Where can I pay with Visa contactless?

There are more than one million places where you can use your Visa contactless card, mobile phone or wearable in Europe, 400,000 of which are in the UK. So it’s everywhere you want to be, including retailers like M&S, McDonald’s, Starbucks, WHSmiths, Post Office, EAT, Pret A Manger and The Co-operative Food, as well as many pubs and bars, independent stores, and across all of the Transport for London travel network including London Underground and London buses.

What's my spending limit?

While the contactless card limit is £30, you can now make payments over £30 using your mobile phone, providing your bank and the merchant in question authorises them. It’s safer than carrying cash, and quicker than Chip and PIN.

How secure is a Visa contactless payment?

Contactless payments are more secure than carrying cash for a number of reasons:

  • The information on your card is protected with secure Chip and PIN technology. Data transmitted during transactions is encrypted and protected with a digital signature that is much harder to forge than a handwritten one.
  • If your card is lost or stolen, you’re protected against unauthorised payments provided you inform your bank as soon as you realise it’s gone. Your card will be blocked immediately.
  • If your card does fall into the wrong hands, the maximum amount per transaction is £30, and after repeated payments, the person will be asked for a PIN. For payments over £30, authorisation is required, so nobody can make purchases without your PIN or mobile phone passcode.
  • Each time your contactless device interacts with a payments terminal, it generates a one-time-only electronic signature and cryptogram, making it just as secure as a normal Chip transaction.
  • For payments over £30, the person would first need passcode access to your mobile phone. Even then, PIN validation would usually be required, especially if your bank noticed unusual spending patterns or locations.

Has card fraud increased since the introduction of Visa contactless cards?

No. Visa contactless cards are very safe indeed. In fact, fraud levels for contactless cards are lower than for non-contactless cards. Thanks to the chip and PIN technology, contactless payments are very unattractive to fraudsters.

Couldn't I accidentally use my contactless card by walking past a terminal?

No. First of all, the contactless chip needs to be very close to the terminal (always less than ten centimetres and usually less than two centimetres) – so generally a tap of the card or phone above the terminal is required to make the payment.

Also, in a typical transaction, the sales assistant has to enter the amount for you to approve first, and then your card or mobile phone has to be held within a couple of centimetres of the terminal for longer than half a second. You should never be asked to hand over your card or mobile phone for a contactless payment.

Can a fraudster with a bogus contactless terminal steal information from my card by brushing up against me?

No. None of the information useful to today’s fraudsters, such as the three-digit CVV code, PIN, Visa passcode, card security code, billing address and other hidden security data, can be read from a bogus terminal.

Could the data on my Visa contactless card be changed without my knowledge?

No, your data is safe. Only your bank can update or change the data on the card.

What if I present my Visa contactless device twice by mistake? Could I get charged twice?

No. You can only pay once for any transaction. The terminal will not accept two payments for one purchase – just like if you were using Chip and PIN.

If I have two contactless cards, could both of them be read simultaneously?

No. The Visa contactless technology has ‘anti-collision’ features; this means that if two cards are held to a terminal only one payment will be processed. Or, in some cases, the entire payment may be cancelled. If you do have more than one contactless card, it’s always best to present the one you want to pay with to the terminal – and leave the other in your purse or wallet.

What if I want to pay for a London bus fare and I have both an Oyster card and a Visa contactless card?

If an Oyster card and a contactless card are presented simultaneously, the Oyster card will generally take priority and be used for the payment. In some cases, the entire payment may be cancelled. You can be sure that only one card will ever be charged. But it’s always best to present the card you want to pay with to the reader – and leave any others in your purse or wallet.