Visa Experiences 'Service Disruption' in Parts of Europe

Visa has said people should be able to use their cards with operating systems "close to normal levels" after a major outage affected users across Europe.

Businesses are unable to process payments made using Visa cards.

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

Visa said some card payments are now failing across the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe.

Payment processing company Paymentsense said late Friday afternoon that transactions were starting to go through after a period of disruption but "there is still some intermittency" because of a backlog.

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Bank social media accounts also confirmed the outage and informed customers of the issue. "We are doing our best to help our customers and apologise for any inconvenience".

"This is an issue with Visa and not us I'm afraid".

A number of British banks said it should still be possible for customers to take cash out from ATMs using their cards.

A Bank of England spokesman has said they are "aware of the issue" and that they are "engaging" with Visa in order to "resolve the situation".

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