Table: Contactless payment transaction limit increases around the world

Updated 27 August 2021 Countries around the world are increasing the contactless transaction limit in a bid to lower cash usage 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, India, 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 132% 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 51 countries in the list.

CountryCurrencyCurrent limitNew limitIncrease
AlbaniaLEK2,0004,500125%
ArmeniaAMD12,10020,00065%
AustraliaAUD100200100%
AzerbaijanAZN50100100%
BahrainBHD2050150%
BelarusBYN20100400%
BelgiumEUR2550100%
BulgariaBGN50100100%
CanadaCAD100250150%
CroatiaHRK100350250%
CyprusEUR2050150%
EgyptEGP300600100%
EstoniaEUR2550100%
FranceEUR305067%
GeorgiaGEL45100122%
GermanyEUR2550100%
GreeceEUR2550100%
HungaryHUF5,00015,000200%
India INR2,0005,000150%
IrelandEUR305067%
Israel 1ILS20030050%
KazakhstanKZT5,00020,000300%
KenyaKES2,5003,50040%
KosovoEUR1540167%
KuwaitKWD1025150%
KyrgyzstanKGS1,5252,50064%
LatviaEUR2550100%
LiechtensteinCHF4080100%
LithuaniaEUR2550100%
LuxembourgEUR2550100%
MaltaEUR2550100%
MauritiusMUR5002,500400%
MoroccoMAD200400100%
NetherlandsEUR2550100%
New ZealandNZD80200150%
North MacedoniaMKD7502,000167%
NorwayNOK40050025%
PolandPLN50100100%
PortugalEUR2050150%
QatarQAR100300200%
Saudi ArabiaSAR100300200%
SpainEUR2050150%
SwedenSEK200400100%
SwitzerlandCHF4080100%
TajikistanTJS14020043%
TanzaniaTZS55,00080,00045%
TurkeyTRY120250108%
UgandaUGX90,000135,00050%
UK 2GBP45100122%
United Arab EmiratesAED30050067%
UzbekistanUZS52,500250,000376%

Notes

1. To be implemented ‘by the end of 2020’

2. To be implemented from 15 October 2021

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

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