In Norway, as in many other countries, Visa and MasterCard are the two most common global payment systems that offer cards in the local currency — Norwegian kroner (NOK). This solution is highly convenient for both residents and tourists. Besides, there is an opportunity to change Visa/MasterCard NOK online for replenishment or withdrawal.
Banks issuing cards in Norway
Quite a few banks in the country issue Visa/MasterCard cards in Norwegian kroner (NOK).
Some of the most popular card-issuing banks in Norway are:
- Santander Consumer Bank
Each of these banks offers its conditions and benefits for cardholders.
One of the main advantages of using Visa/MasterCard bank cards in Norway is their wide acceptance. Cards are accepted everywhere, including supermarkets, cafes, hotels, petrol stations and tourist attractions. This makes them an ideal payment method for travellers who want to avoid the inconvenience of exchanging currency or carrying large amounts of cash.
Advantages of cards in Norwegian kroner
Visa/MasterCard cards also offer several additional perks for travellers and residents. For example:
- Many cards provide insurance against loss or theft and travel insurance.
- Some cards are willing to offer loyalty programmes that accumulate reward points or generate discounts/cashback on certain purchases.
- Most ATMs accept Visa and MasterCard, so you can withdraw cash in local currency if necessary.
- Minimal processing time. It is enough to open a bank account. The card is issued within two weeks (regular, personalized) or instantly (for virtual and non-personalised cards).
Most NOK cards can be linked to Apple Pay/Google Pay to pay with your phone using NFC.
If you are interested in exchanging to local currency or back with Visa/MasterCard NOK, online exchangers can be convenient. To find among them working honestly and steadily, having good reviews and offering the most favourable rate, it is convenient to use BestChange monitoring. Also, remember to conduct your analysis before choosing a service.