Discover cards are accepted by more than 9 million U.S. merchants. That covers just about everywhere credit cards can be used domestically. Discover cards are also accepted internationally: in 185 countries and territories, to be specific. You can check Discover’s international use map to where, exactly. But there are some noticeable gaps, including Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and Taiwan.
Even in the countries where Discover Card is accepted, you’ll still find a many merchants that only accept Mastercard and Visa. That’s a big reason why Discover ranks 7th out of the 10 largest credit card companies in WalletHub’s International Travel Credit Card Report.
Here are the regions where Discover is not accepted:
Caribbean: Cuba, Haiti
South America: Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana, Bolivia, Chile
Europe: Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, Belarus, Moldova
Asia: Myanmar, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Taiwan, North Korea
Oceania: New Caledonia, Vanatu, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Brunei
Africa: All but 7 countries
Middle East: Almost all countries
The truth is, Discover cards really can’t compare to Visa and Mastercard credit cards in terms of international acceptance. You can use a Visa or Mastercard virtually anywhere on Earth that accepts credit cards. But there are plenty of countries where Discover cards won’t work, which means you’d either need to bring a lot of cash or a different credit card.
Discover is accepted in 185 countries and territories internationally. That includes India, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Puerto Rico, the United Arab Emirates and most other popular destinations for American business and vacation travelers. But just because a Discover card is accepted by at least some merchants in a given country does not mean you should rely on it exclusively. Even Discover classifies its acceptance as low in places like France, Russia and Spain. So you may want to bring a Visa or Mastercard along, too. Those two networks are accepted worldwide.… read full answer
Here’s where Discover cards are most & least likely to be accepted internationally:
High Merchant Acceptance:Argentina, Brazil, China, Dominican Republic, India, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Puerto Rico
Moderate Merchant Acceptance:Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Netherlands, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom
Low Merchant Acceptance:Egypt, France, Russia, Spain
No Merchant Acceptance:Bolivia, Chile, Cuba, Iran, Pakistan, most of Africa and the Middle East
There are more countries in each of these groups. And you can check out Discover’s international acceptance map for a complete breakdown. But this list will give you a good idea of what to expect in the most popular international travel destinations.
If Discover is widely accepted in your international destination of choice, you should definitely consider getting a Discover card to bring with you. Discover credit cards are well-suited to the task in the sense that none of them charge foreign transaction fees. The Discover it Miles card is an especially good choice, giving you 1.5 miles per $1 spent and doubling the rewards you earn the first year, all without charging an annual fee.
You can use a Discover it card nearly anywhere in the U.S., as it’s accepted by more than 10 million merchants. Outside of the U.S., the Discover it card is accepted in around 190 countries and territories. Refer to Discover’s international use map, to find out exactly which countries accept Discover cards. By comparison, Discover lags behind Mastercard and Visa, whose cards are accepted in more than 200 countries and territories. Discover still ranks higher than American Express in terms of global acceptance. Its cards are accepted in around 180 countries and territories.… read full answer
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