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Why are some merchants restricted?

To make the Revolut <18 card as safe as possible, we block merchant types which generally are not age-appropriate for children. For example, merchants who only sell alcohol, cigarettes and gambling products.

This process happens automatically so there is no way for you or your child to disable a blocked merchant. To do this, we rely on the merchant’s registered business type (also known as an MCC code), not the actual details of what is being bought with a Revolut <18 card.

👉 This means Revolut <18 cards aren't restricted from, for example, buying alcohol at a supermarket (because the supermarket category is not restricted) or at a merchant with an inaccurate registered business type.