Visa cards affected by major processing outage in Europe

Payment card company Visa reported a service disruption in Europe on Friday, leaving businesses and customers unable to make purchases or receive payments.

ATMs are out of cash after Visa problems hit Europe on Friday. File photo by wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock
ATMs are out of cash after Visa problems hit Europe on Friday. File photo by wavebreakmedia/Shutterstock

The cause remains unknown and Visa offered no information of when the problem will be fixed. Card users began reporting difficulty in using the cards Friday afternoon.

In Britain, the cards could be used to withdraw cash from ATMs, which quickly ran out of currency. The Bank of England, which regulates Visa in the United Kingdom, said it is aware of the issue and is working with the company to solve the problem.
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We are currently experiencing a service disruption which is preventing some Visa transactions in Europe from being processed. We are investigating the cause and working as quickly as possible to resolve the situation. We will keep you updated.

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The Bank of Ireland said some of its customers were experiencing problems, telling the Financial Times the issue “is impacting banks across Europe.”

Long lines were reported at train stations on Friday and businesses lost sales because customers’ cards were declined, MarketWatch reported.

Visa competitor MasterCard, which has a smaller presence in Europe, reported no problems in its network.

By Ed Adamczyk