Visa Outage In Europe Halts Some Transactions

Visa Outage In Europe Halts Some Transactions

Visa News Europe Tweeted at about 5pm: "We are now experiencing a service disruption which is preventing some Visa transactions in Europe from being processed".

"Currently, we are unable to accept payments on Visa cards across Europe".

Shoppers faced frustration yesterday as Visa card payment systems crashed across the United Kingdom and Europe.

The company released a statement on Saturday morning, saying its systems were now working at "full capacity".

HSBC's UK Twitter account replied to a customer query on Twitter: "We believe there may have recently been issues with Visa's payments processing".

Permanent TSB also said that customers can withdraw cash at ATMs as a number of customers had experienced problems when trying to purchase items at point of sale outlets.

After the hardware issue was resolved, Paymentsense said customers continued to experience "intermittency" because of a backlog in transactions. "ATM and MasterCard transactions are not impacted", it said.

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"Thoughts go out to all the single card-holders stranded in airports, petrol stations, pubs, shopping centres, and restaurants with no cash in their pockets".

The cash out feature on Visa cards appears to still be working.

People using their cards to make payments in shops - either real or online stores - will not be able to pay for their goods.

Several business were forced to place temporary signs on their doors explaining to customers that they were unable to accept card payments due to the fault. "We fell well short of this goal today", he admitted.

About a third of payments in the United Kingdom are processed by Visa.

Consumers in Britain, Ireland and other European countries reported having card payments declined.

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