Accepted Cards

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Read about all of the types of cards you can accept when you use Square.
Cards accepted: Visa, Mastercard

Square works with any Canadian-issued and most non-Canadian issued credit cards with a Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB or Discover logo as well as Interac Debit cards. Square processes all accepted credit cards with the same standard rates.

Using the Square Contactless + Chip Reader, you can accept INTERAC Flash® transactions (e.g., tap debit) up to $100.

Square Invoices, Virtual Terminal and purchases made through your Square Online Store and our API can be paid with Visa or MasterCard co-branded debit cards in addition to credit cards (but these will be processed at credit card rates).

Accept Interac® Debit Cards

To process Interac Debit cards, you will need to use the contactless and chip reader as these cards can only be processed by tap. You will not be able to swipe, insert or manually key in Interac Debit cards.

Interac Debit cards are processed at $0.10 per tap and have no other associated fees. Currently, Interac tap payments have a $100 transaction limit.

Accept Prepaid Cards

Square can process prepaid cards bearing any of the logos above at our low 2.65% per-swipe rate or 3.4% + 15¢ manual-entry rate. Any remaining balance will display on the receipt.

Note: When manually entering a prepaid card, check that your customer has registered the card with a billing address and postal code, which can be done by contacting the card issuer. Information on how to register the card may also be available on the back of the card.

Accept International Cards

Square can process most internationally-issued cards bearing any of the logos above. Keep the following tips in mind when processing international cards:

  • If you experience issues processing an internationally-issued card, have the cardholder contact their issuer.
  • Cardholders may be charged for currency conversion by their card issuer since payments must be processed in your country’s official currency.
  • You must be located in the country where you activated your Square account to process payments.