Relocation to London – UK Credit and Debit Cards with a Side of Chips

If you’re an American moving to London and have visited here before, you’ve probably been asked to provide additional identification at some point when paying with debit or credit with your American swipe card. Or perhaps the vendor didn’t have the equipment to read a swipe card because the magnetic strip readers have been phased out.

That’s because many countries outside of the US use a smart chip technology in their cards that provides