SEVERAL banks will offer only limited services during the weekend of January 31-February 2 as they will transit to the new SEPA (Single Euro Payments Area). Many have already published the warnings on their website, the TASR newswire reported.

The banks also advise not to enter new payment orders for paying recurring bills. Despite the limited services, the banks claim that clients will be able to use their payment or credit cards and use the cash dispensers.

Most of the banks will shut their online systems for payments. OTP Bank will shut the system for the whole weekend, while Sberbank Slovensko will shut it between February 1 and February 2, TASR wrote.

VÚB Bank will limit its services from the late evening of January 31 to February 2. It will also close its branches, said Elena Kohútiková, deputy general director of the bank, as cited by TASR. Clients will be able to use their payment cards and take money from cash dispensers.

UniCredit Bank will restrict the online banking system, stop the cashless transfers as well as all cash operations, including exchanging money. During the weekend the braches will only offer consulting services and the clients will be able to submit payment orders to be executed on February 3, UniCredit spokeswoman Zuzana Ďuďáková said, as quoted by TASR. Again, clients will be able to use payment cards and cash dispensers.

Regarding the transition to SEPA, Tatra Banka will shut down its online banking system and the bank’s mobile application. Moreover, clients will be unable to prepare new payment orders for paying recurring bills, and change or abolish the existing ones, bank spokeswoman Marína Masárová told TASR. She added that there might be some problems with b-mail service and that the clients might not receive all the messages. She however added that they will re-send the messages later.

ČSOB will limit its online banking services overnight January 31 and into the morning of February 1. Bank officials say that there will be no restrictions on actvities at branches. Customers will also be able to use their payment cards and take money from cash dispensers. The bank however will not receive any new payment orders for paying recurring bills until February 3, the bank wrote in a statement.

A number of other banks, like Slovenská Sporiteľňa, mBank and ZUNO, claimed they will work as normal and without any restrictions, the Sme daily wrote.

Source: TASR, Sme

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