EMV Chip credit cards necessary in Aruba?

Reader question: I have seen a few articles over the last few years about people traveling to Aruba.

Well, I’m going next week and apparently a Bank of America representative told my girlfriend that we would need new checking/credit cards that contain the EMV chip. I called BOA today and was told that it is not necessary to get a new card with this chip. I have already placed a traveling note on my accounts. Can someone with experience please clarify this?

Thanks in advance.

My friend’s answer: You do not need a card with the chip. All EMV terminals allow for a card swipe. I went 9 months ago and used my cards everywhere, as did my wife who has BoA.

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