Table: Contactless payment transaction limit increases around the world

Updated 24 August: Countries around the world are increasing the contactless transaction limit in a bid to combat the spread of Covid-19. NFCW has collated into one table the increases for each country and will keep it up to date during the crisis.

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The countries which have announced increases to date are Albania, Armenia, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Estonia, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritius, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, UK, United Arab Emirates, and Uzbekistan.

The average (mean) contactless limit increase is 130% and the median is 100%. The mode (the value that occurs most often) is 100%, while the maximum increase is 400% and the minimum is 25%. There are 50 countries in the list.

Country Currency Current limit New limit Increase
Albania LEK 2,000 4,500 125%
Armenia AMD 12,100 20,000 65%
Australia AUD 100 200 100%
Azerbaijan AZN 50 100 100%
Bahrain BHD 20 50 150%
Belarus BYN 20 100 400%
Belgium EUR 25 50 100%
Bulgaria BGN 50 100 100%
Canada CAD 100 250 150%
Croatia HRK 100 350 250%
Cyprus EUR 20 50 150%
Egypt EGP 300 600 100%
Estonia EUR 25 50 100%
France EUR 30 50 67%
Georgia GEL 45 100 122%
Germany EUR 25 50 100%
Greece EUR 25 50 100%
Hungary HUF 5,000 15,000 200%
Ireland EUR 30 50 67%
Israel 1 ILS 200 300 50%
Kazakhstan KZT 5,000 20,000 300%
Kenya KES 2,500 3,500 40%
Kosovo EUR 15 40 167%
Kuwait KWD 10 25 150%
Kyrgyzstan KGS 1,525 2,500 64%
Latvia EUR 25 50 100%
Liechtenstein CHF 40 80 100%
Lithuania EUR 25 50 100%
Luxembourg EUR 25 50 100%
Malta EUR 25 50 100%
Mauritius MUR 500 2,500 400%
Morocco MAD 200 400 100%
Netherlands EUR 25 50 100%
New Zealand NZD 80 200 150%
North Macedonia MKD 750 2,000 167%
Norway NOK 400 500 25%
Poland PLN 50 100 100%
Portugal EUR 20 50 150%
Qatar QAR 100 300 200%
Saudi Arabia SAR 100 300 200%
Spain EUR 20 50 150%
Sweden SEK 200 400 100%
Switzerland CHF 40 80 100%
Tajikistan TJS 140 200 43%
Tanzania TZS 55,000 80,000 45%
Turkey TRY 120 250 108%
Uganda UGX 90,000 135,000 50%
UK GBP 30 45 50%
United Arab Emirates AED 300 500 67%
Uzbekistan UZS 52,500 250,000 376%

Notes

1. To be implemented “by the end of 2020

• Please email [email protected] if you aware of any country missing from the list. Thanks!

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