Shoppers and travelers were unable to make payments with their cards since at around 2.30pm on Friday across Europe.
At the time of writing, Visa confirmed the widespread problems but did not provide any details on the cause.
Visa and major banks informed their customers also through social media, while major retailers confirmed that users were not able to pay with their cards.
The problems suffered by Visa Payments are currently affecting also MasterCard and Amex because the two services were rerouting some transactions via Visa’s IT network.
We are currently experiencing a service disruption which is preventing some Visa transactions in Europe from being processed. We are investigating the cause and working as quickly as possible to resolve the situation. We will keep you updated.
— Visa UK (@VisaUK) June 1, 2018
We are aware some customers are experiencing Visa debit card issues. This is impacting multiple banks across Europe. We will update when we know more. Cash withdrawals can be made at any BOI ATM.
— Bank of Ireland (@bankofireland) June 1, 2018