Going to Vatican City? Take cash

Italy's central bank blocks card payments over financial controls

Published On: Jan 04 2013 10:37:05 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 06 2013 05:34:49 AM EST
Vatican

If you're planning a visit to Vatican City any time soon, be sure to carry lots of cash with you.
Tourists and pilgrims can now only pay by cash after card payments were blocked by Italy's central bank.
The move comes amid concerns over money laundering in the European Union. The block was put in place because bank officials were concerned the Vatican doesn't have adequate anti-money laundering controls, according to Reuters.  
The incident has affected the Vatican's shops, post office and more significantly, its museums, according to CNN.
A notice on The Vatican museums website apologized for the inconvenience, citing "reasons beyond its control."