Consumers will no longer have to pay surcharges for using credit cards from the start of next year.
New European Union rules will ban the charge that can add 2pc to the cost of goods or services.
The worst offenders currently are airlines and ticket sellers, and small businesses which typically add a fee for cards.
But the revised EU Payment Services Directive will ban surcharging on all payment cards covered by the EU Interchange Fee Regulation.
It comes into force on January 13, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Finance.
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