Visa payWave Contactless Transactions

Open the door to seamless payments. Explore how to accept contactless transactions, whether by installing integrated terminals with Visa-enabled readers or by adding peripheral readers to your existing POS terminal. Stay ahead in the modern marketplace by embracing the convenience of contactless payments.

The Visa payWave experience

Visa payWave uses an embedded computer chip to send payment information to a secure reader at the point of sale. Users may wave their contactless card or device within 2.5-5 cm (1-2 in) of the contactless card reader to make payments.

How it works

Visa payWave’s contactless transaction technology lets users pay with just a wave of their contactless card or device.
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One wave

No swiping, signing or PIN needed.
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Seamless capture

The secure reader receives contactless payment information through radio frequency or Near-Field Communication (NFC) technology.
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Efficiency can result in shorter lines

Faster checkout can support greater transaction volume.

How to accept Visa payWave

There are two ways to start accepting Visa payWave contactless transactions:


Faster and more convenient electronic payments.

Frequently Asked Questions

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