24 March 2020, 15:40 PM
  • The limit will be upped to £45 from £30 in response to the coronavirus outbreak
Contactless limit increased in light of “extraordinary circumstances”

The limit for in-store contactless card transactions is being increased as a response to the coronavirus epidemic. In order to the physical contact required for PIN entry the limit is set to increase from £30 to £45. The changes will be rolled out across a number of stores from the 1st April but the BRC says that it may take longer for those retailers currently operating at full capacity.

BRC head of payments policy, Andrew Cregan, said, “The last contactless limit increase to £30 took two years to implement but, given the extraordinary circumstances we face today, this new £45 limit will be rolled-out from next week. Some shops will take longer to make the necessary changes, given the strain they’re under. In the meantime, most customers can continue to make contactless payments for higher amounts using their smart phone.”

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