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Sevici bike- credit card problems?

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Sevici bike- credit card problems?

Recently in Paris we used the Velib bikes- great fun, but the terminals did not take US credit card as we do not have "chip and PIN". We were aware of this issue before we left and registered 2 weeks in advance. We had no problems when we got to Paris. We would love to do the Sevici bikes in Seville, but are we going to have the same problem with the credit card? I do not see the option of preregistering on the website.

Aguadulce, Spain
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for Almeria, Province of Almeria, Province of Almeria
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1. Re: Sevici bike- credit card problems?

Chip and pin is a europe wide security measure and is spreading around the world, US banks are a little slow it that respect. The answer ia yes you will have the same problems in Spain as you encountered in France.

Aguadulce, Spain
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for Almeria, Province of Almeria, Province of Almeria
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2. Re: Sevici bike- credit card problems?

There are pre-paid currency cards that you can get on line, with chip and pin, these are the new alternative to travelers cheques and can be used everywhere and also at ATM machines, that may help you where your US cards wont.

Brussels, Belgium
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for Seville
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3. Re: Sevici bike- credit card problems?

Paris' system Velib is runned by the exact same company as Seville's Sevici, so chances are payments are done in the same way

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4. Re: Sevici bike- credit card problems?

Looks like we will have the same problem as Paris, but there is no way to pre register with the Service berfore we go . Is there any actual store in Seville that is run by Sevici that we could have our credit card run through?

Brussels, Belgium
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for Seville
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5. Re: Sevici bike- credit card problems?

they have an office in Plaza de San Francisco (Edificio Laredo), 41004 Sevilla, Sevilla (that's close to the townhall, and also close to Plaza Nueva)

schedule: Mon-Thu 10:00 - 14:00 and 15:00 - 19:00, Fri till 18:00

nevertheless, if you have the opportunity I would try to contact your bank and get a PIN credit card, even a pre-paid temporary one-off one, as Vic said.

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6. Re: Sevici bike- credit card problems?

unfortunately all US issued credit cards are at best "Chip and sign" no true chip and pin card, The preloaded chip and pin card by travelex is being pulled by aprils end, so that leaves us no alternatives. If we get to Seville and see that we want to use the city bikes, we will try to get a week pass at the store, Thank you myscreen123 for the information.

7. Re: Sevici bike- credit card problems?

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