Small purchases are often made in crowded places such as kiosks, bars or fast food restaurants. Using contactless payment not only speeds up the buying process but also reduces the risk of your PIN falling into the wrong hands.
Contactless payment is made by holding a contactless card or sticker close to a POS terminal. When your purchases add up to a maximum of 50 euros, a PIN or signature is not required.
You cannot accidentally pay for someone else's purchases, because you will hold the contactless card or sticker at a couple of centimetres distance from the terminal until it informs you of a successful payment transaction with a text, indicator light or sound.
Random PIN request
When you pay for the first time with a new contactless card or sticker, you will need to enter your PIN on the payment terminal as usual. This simple operation activates your card and enables you to use it for contactless payments.
Later, your PIN will be requested occasionally in order to ensure that you are the card's legitimate holder.
With a contactless-enabled card, you can always pay conventionally by inserting the card into the POS terminal and entering your PIN.
This is how contactless payments works
- Take your card at a couple of centimetres distance from the POS terminal. Wait until the terminal indicates with a sound or light that your payment was successful.
- You can recognise contactless-enabled POS terminals and cards from the contactless symbol representing radio waves.
- You can use contactless payment for purchases up to 50 euros.
- If, for security reasons, the POS terminal requests a PIN, follow the terminal's instructions.
- The merchant will give you a receipt, as usual.
Cards with a contactless payment facility
Contactless payment facility is automatically included in all our payment cards. If you like, you can also choose a design for our OP-Visa Electron card and OP-Visa combined credit/debit cards, in which case your card will have no contactless payment facility.