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.
You can, but it's not as widely accepted as Mastercard and Visa. If you want to use it somewhere specific, check the accepted countries on Discover's website.
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