Visa applauds the move to temporarily raising the contactless payments limit in New Zealand


By Marty Kerr, Country Manager New Zealand and South Pacific, Visa

People, businesses, communities and governments in New Zealand and worldwide are adjusting to the dramatic changes to everyday life caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

At Visa, one initiative we have supported is to increase contactless payments PIN limits. We know people want to make contactless payments, and increasing the contactless limit enables them to do so without having to enter their PIN as frequently.

Over the past two weeks, the New Zealand payments industry, led by Payments NZ, has worked together temporarily to raise the contactless payments limit to $200.

We applaud the swift action taken by Payments NZ in coordinating the industry to make these changes and we commend financial institutions and merchants for the efforts they have made to implement the required technical changes.

New Zealanders can rest assured that contactless payments experience among the lowest fraud rates of any type of payment and that fraud at the physical point of sale has remained at historically low levels in countries where contactless payments have been widely adopted.

Visa has also been working with financial institutions, merchants, governments and industry bodies in many other countries around the world to increase contactless payments PIN limits, allowing consumers to simply tap to pay with a card, phone or wearable – no PIN required.

We stand ready to support this change, with retailers and our partners in financial services everywhere Visa is accepted, and to work with these partners to determine next steps following this temporary measure.


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