What is a Chip Card?

Chip cards are cards with an embedded microchip on the face of the card.

Greater security

Chip cards store encrypted and confidential information, and therefore offer greater security than magnetic stripe cards. The chip technology is more effective in preventing your cards from being copied to produce counterfeit cards.

Acceptance

Both chip cards and magnetic stripe cards are welcome by merchants around the world.

Usage

The processing of a chip card is very similar to that of a magnetic stripe card. Merchants that are capable of handling chip cards will insert the card into the terminal instead of swiping the card. The cashier will keep the card in the terminal until a sales slip is printed out (A typical chip card transaction). Merchants that are yet to be upgraded will continue to swipe the card through the terminal.

The way you use the chip card at ATMs and other self-service terminals will remain the same.

A typical chip card transaction

Chip cards generally function where you insert the card into a machine; enter the sales amount and then print the receipt for signature

Cardholder identity verification

Cardholders will still need to sign a sales slip to complete the transaction.

Card conversion

The migration of existing credit cards from magnetic stripe to chip will follow the existing expiration date shown on the card. All new and replacement cards will be issued on chip.

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