Using non-EMV (Mag stripe only) credit cards in Brazil

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    There has been a lot of discussion about using mag stripe only cards in Europe. Brazil is almost completely EMV, but mag stripe cards are accepted almost everywhere cards are accepted. However, many merchants will ask for identification to confirm identity, which means you'll need to carry your passport or national ID. Driving licenses often are not acceptable as ID.
     
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    Good point about ID requests for credit card usage.... its not usual practice in the US and some visitors dont expect to get 'carded' when using them for payment.....
     
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    Is it similar in Argentina? I have never used a non-EMV card there.
     
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    Argentina often wants to see some sort of ID - I carry a passport copy, or show my US Driver's License and sometimes they take that. As long as they can put a number in their computer to process the transaction (and some places, they actually have to put in an ID # for the transaction to complete).
     
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    I guessed that since it is similar in Brazil. Thanks.
     
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    And Argentina is now full of Brasileros, spending $ like things are free :D - but WHY WHY WHY must they all end up at EZE in the security line when I'm there? :D :p It makes things so dramatic!
     
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    If we believe our press (I do:)) we Brazilians now are 40% of teh foreign visitors to both Argentina and Chile, and we account for 1/3 total sales on Fifth Avenue in NYC. I don't know, but when I'm in those places on shopping trips I see mostly Brazilians, most of us who are very frequent shoppers seem to have dual citizenship. We may be the only winners in the very, very, very strong Real.
     

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