A common question we get asked on this blog is about the use of debit cards when renting a car. We’ve had a lot of questions on our original blog post entitled ‘Information on accepted credit cards’ so we thought it would be useful to create a new, updated post.

We appreciate it’s a confusing topic so hopefully this up-to-date info will put your mind at ease when renting with Avis.

Payment in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA)

Most countries within Avis EMEA accept Visa debit and credit cards and MasterCard debit and credit cards. The countries that do not accept debit cards are Spain, Ireland, Belgium and Luxembourg. You must have a credit card to rent in these countries.

Many countries in EMEA also accept American Express, Discover and Diners cards – in the UK we will accept them for Avis rentals but we recommend contacting our reservations team on 08445 818181 if you wish to use these in any other country.

Please note that we do not accept Visa Electron, Maestro, Cirrus, Solo or any other type of payment card in Europe, Middle East or Africa.

 The name on the payment card must match the name on the driving licence of the main renter/driver. You are not able to pay on anyone else’s behalf.

Payment for higher value cars

If you are renting from our range of large premium or luxury cars you are required to present two payment cards at the time of pick up as an added security measure.  The cards must comply with the above terms and must each be from different providers. For example, you can use one Visa credit or debit plus an American Express.

Whilst members of Avis Preferred do not have to present a credit card every time you rent you do still need to present two cards when renting a large premium or luxury vehicle. This excludes those Avis Preferred renters with a corporate AWD who do not need to present a credit card. 

Payment outside Europe, Middle East and Africa 

If you’re renting with Avis in the USA you are able to use Visa debit and credit and MasterCard debit and credit cards, American Express, Diners, Discover and JCB cards.

Avis Canada do not accept debit cards – so you will need a credit card. 

Australia, New Zealand, Latin/South America and Mexico accept the same cards as the USA with the exception of JCB cards and the Discover card.

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