Re: Advance travel info for IETF-78 Maastricht
Iljitsch van Beijnum <iljitsch <at> muada.com>
2010-04-01 18:07:32 GMT
On 1 apr 2010, at 2:56, Phillip Hallam-Baker wrote:
> In theory it is possible to use a US issued credit card in Europe.
> In practice, forget it unless you are willing to face the
> embarrassment of 50% of places declining your card.
What you have to remember is that in many European countries, including the Netherlands, there is no
tradition of credit card use. Rather, people use debit cards. Of course restaurants, hotels etc that
cater to tourists accept them, and these days more places that sell expensive items do as well. But I would
be very surprised to find a super market in the Netherlands that accepts credit cards. And credit cards are
also not universally accepted in restaurants (the bigger / more expensive, the more likely they accept
credit cards). So you really need to carry enough cash to at least pay for a meal and a train ticket or taxi
ride. You can find ATMs with the Maestro and Cirrus logos all over the place, so this shouldn't be a problem.
(Although because of lack of regulations that forbid this, y
ou're likely to pay a hefty commision for cash withdrawals and of course your bank has to allow them.)
> My experience in the UK is that outside London you are very likely to
> find that the only cards they accept are chip and pin cards.
I don't think places in the Netherlands that accept credit cards require a chip, mine didn't have one until
last year. Without having been able to test this, I'd say that in any place that accepts credit cards in the
Netherlands (logos on the window) you should be ok: since Dutch don't use them much and rarely if ever
depend on them, places that accept them do so mainly for the convenience of international travelers. Also
note that the most widely accepted credit card type is Mastercard, followed by Visa. With other cards,
your milage may vary even more.
> I have a UK card just so I can spend money in the UK.