My daughter received a Visa gift card for Christmas that does not contain a chip. She wants to use it when she travels to the U.K. in April. Will it be accepted?

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    as far as i know, in a great number of countries in europe ( atleast in mine , france and belgium, where i've been) , swipe-only cards aren't widely accepted as payment form, and most payment devices have only chip/pin or approach (NFC) payment as options.
    – CptEric
    Dec 31, 2015 at 8:44

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Most cards do not work internationally - "As of April 1, 2012, federal regulations prohibit gift cards from being used outside of the continental United States."

See this link for more details: http://www.giftcards.com/gcgf/giftcards-work-internationally

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    In fact, I received such a card for Christmas, and there was a message to the effect of "Valid only in the United States" printed directly on the card. Reading the terms and conditions of the card should tell if it would be accepted internationally.
    – phyrfox
    Dec 31, 2015 at 16:23

In my experience they will not work internationally.

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