I am moving to France from the USA in the next 1 week. I just read that North American chipless credit cards will probably not work with several merchants in France and that they would most likely get rejected in RER ticket kiosks.

I will arrive at Paris CDG and the picture of people queuing up by an ATM is less than confidence promoting. I may not be able to get foreign currency before I leave, given the remote location of my US town.

In the first few hours or days of my being there, how do I avoid this potential pitfall of credit cards presumably being rejected?

Some of the other questions that I have read on this SE are:

  • I have a chipless card and had no problem using it for the 4 days I was in Paris. It was common that the clerk would have to swipe the card, rather than me using the customer keypad, without the chip, but I was never unable to pay.
    – Flimzy
    May 5, 2014 at 23:44
  • @Flimzy But I am guessing that my chipless credit card will not work at automated ticket kiosks? Or am I wrong on that count as well?
    – dearN
    May 5, 2014 at 23:45
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    I think some places accept USD, but I wouldn't count on it.
    – Flimzy
    May 5, 2014 at 23:53
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    You should certainly be able to buy some Euro at a currency exchange place at your international departure airport. Presumably your flight doesn't go directly from your remote town to CDG. May 5, 2014 at 23:57
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    @drN you can leave it, it will help when searching in google or other search engines. You can flag it as duplicate. May 6, 2014 at 1:16


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