“Question was useless.”
Responses on Facebook to last week’s Mr. KnowIt-All column (“Why are there no debit cards in Hong Kong?” June 24, issue 1151), in which we explained that while EPS is widespread, Visa Debit cards are rarely found in the city. cards, accounts etc. That’s up to them, but HK should at least be up front about having the option to get a debit card rather than persuading people otherwise.
Debit cards are called EPS in hong kong.
Those are not the same debit cards as you have in Europe. I had a debit card which you can use both online and offline. In Hong Kong for online purchases you have to apply for a credit card.
Narmi Rafi Rah
Not the entire Europe. The Netherlands’ debit card system is also a bit flawed as in Hong
Kong. You cannot use their Maestro “debit cards”, which dominate the country, online for international purchases (only offline when the merchants accept Maestro, basically only select areas of the world; and online local Dutch shops). In this regard, Hong Kong’s debit card system is on par with “western” standards. Besides, our Octopus card system is so much better than many countries in Europe.
EPS cannot make online purchases, cannot pay for a meal at a restaurant, cannot pay for a hotel, rent a car, book a flight... but go ahead. Tell me all about how it’s the same thing.
so why is there no EPS in europe?
Jan Ching Ching