Visa service now back to normal after payments chaos across Europe

VISA card payment system problems hit local shops and services in Wrexham

VISA card payment system problems hit local shops and services in Wrexham

Credit card company Visa is experiencing a service disruption across Europe which is preventing transactions being processed.

Worldpay, the UK's leading payments provider, said: "Customers may be seeing intermittent transaction declines due to an issue Visa is now experiencing in Europe with all acquirers".

Visa account holders should now be able to use their cards for purchases and to withdraw cash, after the issues yesterday caused long queues in shops as customers were unable to pay.

Angry customers also took to social media to vent about their cards not working. "This is an issue with Visa and not us I'm afraid".

A statement from the company, released in the early hours of Saturday morning, claims that all payments are processing normally once more.


Banks Barclays, Santander, HSBC, Natwest and Lloyds Bank told customers they are working to resolve the outage as soon as possible on Twitter. The Irish Times reported that Irish tourists as far away as the United States were unable to access their money.

Payment network Visa has confirmed that it has been disrupted by a service outage. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $0.86 earnings per share. research analysts expect that Visa will post 4.48 earnings per share for the current year. ATM and MasterCard transactions are not impacted.

Ultimately, this latest incident highlights the importance of having an alternative payment method with you at all times. We will keep you updated.

And Jay Curtis, from Swansea, had two cards declined in B&Q when he tried to pay for £240 of goods. One had to go to Santander, get cash and come back.

Initially stores around Galway came to the solution that it was an internal problem within their own branch, until realising pretty quickly that it seemed to be a nationwide problem with Visa cards.

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