Visa customers have been unable to make payments with over 200 reports made across the UK, according to Down Detector.

Several businesses are experiencing issues with card payments because of the Visa outage.

Customers have taken to social media to express their concern as the card company experiences issues.

One user said: “So Visa is down with people reporting problems and not being able to pay, and people want to go into a cashless society……”

Another said: “Oh dear it appears card payments are down in multiple businesses today. McDonald’s, M&S and Tesco reporting card failure this morning.”

Downdetector only reports an incident when the number of problem reports is significantly higher than the typical volume for that time of day.

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Several businesses are experiencing issues with card payments because of the Visa outage


Many stores are reportedly only accepting cash transactions because their card transactions aren’t going through.

On X, one user said: “@asda Card payments not working at Asda Waterloo road, Wolverhampton. Anyone else having this issue?”

Another replied saying: “It’s all stores nationally – not just Asda. I tried to go to M&S, Sainsbury’s and McDonald’s this morning and same at each place. Apple Pay worked on the app in McDonald’s so I got breakfast!”

“Queues at #mcdonalds drive thrus in Hemel Hempstead because card payment is down and no one has suggested or bothered to put up a sign to inform people who have no cash in their pockets, that it is ‘cash only!,” another tweeted.

A Sainsbury’s customer was turned away for only having a card. He said: “I thought I had gone completely #Cashless and #Cardless until the payments problems this morning with #Visa and #Mastercard.

“I had filled my basket at Sainsbury’s only to be told cash only and to use ATM outside to withdraw cash. I have no card on me.”

Most people are having problems making payments, it’s been reported, with some also struggling with the purchases and log in.

A Visa Spokesperson has said: “We are aware that some cardholders are experiencing issues when making payments.

“While Visa’s systems are operating normally, we are working with our partners to investigate.”