7

I only have the magnetic credit cards not the chip/pin card. Can I still use my magnetic card in Sweden? What should I do if I cannot use my card?

6

I was in Sweden in 2014 with an American credit card, and it was accepted literally every place I used it, both ATMs and shops. (Two different cards.) I don't recall trying an automated ticket dispenser (e.g., bus ticket) which I think would be the most likely to fail.

  • I was wondering if you had the chip or magnetic strip card that you used? – Deee6 Jun 4 '15 at 2:15
  • @Deee6 Magnetic stripe cards. Although I am changing banks accounts within the same bank to get a chip-and-pin card (only some types of accounts get them?!). – Andrew Lazarus Jun 4 '15 at 5:16
6

Lacking a chip is not an issue. Almost all card readers are outfitted with both chip and magnetic strip readers. The only time I've seen a card reader without a magnetic stripe reader was in a food truck.

Not having a PIN is never an issue when there's a sales clerk around. You'll likely have to tell them that you don't have a PIN number (in Sweden, magnetic strip cards have PIN numbers too), but they should be able handle the transaction via a signed receipt instead.

Some vending machines do require PIN numbers (the vending machines used to top up the metro cards, most notably), but you can just visit a nearby Pressbyrån (a chain of convenience stores often located in the metro) or similar store to top those up instead.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.