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I just got back from the Netherlands recently and had glitches paying for many things because my credit cards were not accepted. It turns out, Europe is moving away from magnetic strip credit cards in favor of an embedded chip version. Their cards look the same but they don't have a magnetic strip. Instead they have a little picture of a microchip on them. A lot of places did not have a reader that could read a magnetic strip. I didn't have problems at any of the hotels I stayed at, but I ended up having to pay cash for a lot of transportation and restaurants.

Here's an article SGSpouse found on the subject:

So now I'm getting ready to leave for Taiwan in a little over a week. I'm wondering if anyone knows whether I'll have the same problem there and will it be better or worse than Holland. I didn't have any problem at all in India last month.
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