Taiwan Set to Ban Crypto Purchases Using Credit Cards: Report

The country's financial regulator sent a letter to the banking association asking credit card companies to stop taking on crypto firms as merchants.

AccessTimeIconJul 22, 2022 at 8:41 a.m. UTC
Updated Jul 25, 2022 at 12:51 p.m. UTC

Sandali Handagama is a CoinDesk reporter with a focus on crypto regulation and policy. She does not own any crypto.

Taiwan's Financial Supervisory Commission (FSC) is looking to stop the use of credit cards for crypto purchases, according to local media reports.

  • The FSC told Forkast News on Friday that it had issued a letter to the local banking association in early July, which asked credit card agencies to stop bringing on crypto platforms as merchants.
  • In the letter, the regulator had reportedly warned of the risks associated with virtual assets, and is giving credit card firms three months to comply with the new requirements.
  • The FSC also said that credit cards cannot be used for online gambling, stocks, futures, options and other transactions, according to the report.
  • In recent months, regulators around the world have been speeding up crypto rules as global crypto markets took a big hit this year, with several prominent entities liquidating and billions of dollars leaving the industry.
  • After China's crackdown on crypto in 2021, Taiwan saw a rush of activity and was slated to emerge as the region's new crypto hub. However, the local crypto industry has gone quiet since.

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