Contactless Limit Updates

Merchant Notification

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Please read a message from Angela Brown, President & CEO, regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Credit Card Contactless (Tap) Limits Increased to $250

In support of recent card brand announcements regarding contactless (tap) transaction limit increases, we are pleased to inform you that Moneris will be applying an update to its systems on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 to enable contactless limit updates for the following card brands:

     • American Express contactless (tap) transaction limits have increased to $250
     • Mastercard contactless (tap) transaction limits have increased to $250
     • Visa contactless (tap) transaction limits have increased to $250
     • Union Pay contactless (tap) transaction limits have increased to $250 (May 26, 2020)

This action has been taken by the card brands in support of current requirements and recommendations around social distancing exercises due to the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak.

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  • In order for your standalone terminal(s) to start accepting higher value contactless transactions, you will be required to re-initialize it. Please refer to our Terminal Initialization Quick Reference Guide for step-by-step instructions.
  • While your point-of-sale (POS) solution should be utilizing the data from the Moneris initialization, if you use custom software or other applications to manage your business, you may need to contact your POS software solution provider or integrator. They may need to make modifications in order for your POS solution to accept the new contactless limits.
  • It is important to note that while the card brands have made these changes, the contactless limit is set by card issuers. Please note that each card issuer may set their own contactless thresholds for their cards. If a customer is unclear why they cannot tap up to $250 on their card, please advise them to contact their card issuer at the number on the back of their card.