The Vatican stopped accepting bank cards. Now for souvenirs, tickets to museums and other services to the tourists will have to pay in cash.
According to British newspaper The Times, the cause of such restrictions was the refusal of the Papal States to adopt EU rules to combat money laundering.
As a result, on January 1, the Italian central bank blocked all non-cash payments in the enclave. When the country will again be taking cards until clear. The Vatican is now busy looking for a commercial bank operator is registered outside Italy.