Where EMV credit cards are the status quo
Some globetrotters may get a culture shock when they pull out their traditional magnetic-stripe credit cards. More countries are adopting EMV credit cards, which stands for Europay, MasterCard and Visa. The cards contain an embedded microchip, and merchants in these places may reject a mag-strip card. This map illustrates the percentage of terminals that take special-chip cards in different regions of the world outside the U.S. and the proliferation of these cards across the globe.
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EMV adoption rates by region
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