QCOSTARICA – Starting February 1, a new guideline by the Banco Central de Costa Rica (Central Bank) will come into effect when paying for products or services, with credit or debit cards, in any retail store in the country.
All cardholders must enter the PIN number of their card for purchases greater than ¢30,000 colones, a mandatory requirement as of that date. Some retail stores, such as Pricesmart may, as they do currently for the signature required, have a higher threshold for the PIN.
It is for this reason that all cardholders must know the PIN number of their cards, which is the same used at the ATM.
With this new guideline, for amounts greater than ¢30,000, the printed voucher will no longer be required, nor will you have to sign it or show your ID (ie cedula or passport).
Currently, if the purchase is less than ¢30,000, the printing of the voucher or signing it is not required, only if the customer requests it.
Whether the purchase is less than or greater than ¢30,000, the transaction notification, to your email or text message, should reach you in less than a minute.
The use of the PIN for card purchases greater than ¢30,000 was to have taken effect last July, but the Central Bank extended the term.
The Central Bank says the new guideline is a way of giving security to the purchases, to avoid fraud or scams.
As of February, it is important that users be careful when entering their PIN at the point of purchase, basically taking similar precautions as they would at an ATM
Important also is not to share this password with anyone, nor should it be written down on a piece of paper in their wallet or card or stored in their cell phone
This measure is also applied in other countries.