During the Covid-19 pandemic, New Zealand’s payments industry will progressively roll out a temporary increase to the PIN limit for Contactless card payments to $200. The increase, which is up from the current $80 limit, aims to help reduce the need for customers to touch PIN pads when making in-store purchases during the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, you can now use your Farmers Mastercard during this time for Contactless purchases of up to $200.
Given the number of cards, payment terminals and businesses involved from across the country – it’s expected to take a few weeks for the roll out to be completed by retailers. Whilst our Farmers Mastercards are activated with the benefit now, we require merchants to activate contact payment capabilities at their terminals.
For Contactless payments over $200, the terminal will still ask for a PIN number so just follow the prompts.