Visa says it is suffering service disruption in Europe

Nobody panic but Visa payments are currently down across the UK

Northern Ireland shoppers experienced widespread problem with Visa cards after the company said its service was severely disrupted after a hardware fault.

Visa card payments are failing across the United Kingdom and Europe.

This has left some customers unable to use their cards to make payments for goods and services in shops and at tills.

Some non-Visa branded cards could also be affected, with a range of banks using the payment system.

The Bank of England, which oversees Visa, says it is "aware of the issue now affecting Visa and working with the firm to resolve the situation".

We have been informed that Visa has corrected the outage and transactions are now starting to go through.

A member of staff in Penney's Portlaoise reportedly told customers that cash only purchases were allowed. Some wondered how they would buy groceries, access money they needed to get to work and much more.

"This is an industry wide issue which is being investigated as a matter of urgency and we apologise for any inconvenience".

"ATM and Mastercard transactions are not impacted".

'Had to leave my trolley with staff whilst I drove to another cash machine'.

Customers are still getting served reasonably quickly though, despite the added delay of calling up to authenticate individual cards.

European Visa debit card users voiced their frustration online.

Despite reports that huge tailbacks at the Severn Bridge, which links England and Wales, were caused by the Visa problems, Highways England says a broken down auto was responsible for the congestion.

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