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Posted On: 11 April 2020 08:54 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 09:11 am

Tips when using ATM, cash, and cards amidst coronavirus outbreak in Qatar

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In response to the preventive measures to limit the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) by the State of Qatar, banks in the country have also stepped up and issued guidance to customers, particularly with the use of ATMs and cards.

Precautionary steps when using ATMs and CDMs (Cash Deposit Machine)

In its Twitter account, Qatar Islamic Bank has posted the following simple techniques for customers when using the machines, to avoid the spread of the Coronavirus and to protect the self and others.

  • Wear gloves or use a tissue when pressing on the keypad of the screen
  • Keep a physical distance of at least 1.5 meters while waiting for your turn
  • Make sure you sanitize your hands before and after using the machines
  • Avoid printing the paper slip

Other essential tips you need to remember:

  • Wash your hands after handling cash
  • Avoid touching your face
  • In case you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth with a tissue or the crook of your elbow
  • Discard your gloves or tissue properly after by putting it in the trash bin
  • Minimize the use of cash by going digital and paying online
  • Avoid going out if you are sick or with flu-like symptoms

According to Barwa Bank, they are constantly sanitizing all branches and ATMs as well as providing hand sanitizers at ATMs and branches.

Pay with cards, preferably contactless

Banks in Qatar are also encouraging customers to opt for payments using cards instead of cash. For those using contactless cards, banks in Qatar have increased the minimum limit of Tap N Pay cards to 300 Qatari Riyals so that customers can pay for purchases without the need to enter your PIN nor hand the card to the merchant.

Doha Bank also advises to avoid handing over your card to the merchant and handling it yourself. Remember to sanitize the card by gently wiping it with alcohol-based wipes after each use.

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