Top FAQs

Payment processing is a service that allows websites to sell online by accepting payment via electronic methods such as credit cards, debit cards and bank transfers.

Provided by payment service providers, payment processing is the technical connection or 'gateway' between a website and the financial institutions or 'acquirers' that govern different payment methods. To put it simply, without a payment service provider you won't get paid.

You can reinitiate your password via the  "Lost your password?" button on the bottom of the login screen.

You can currently select the following payment methods: 

  • Bancontact (BE)
  • Bank transfer (BE/DE/FR/IT/NL/SK)
  • Belgian pay buttons of KBC/CBC, ING Home'Pay, and Belfius Direct Net
  • Carte Bancaire
  • Giropay
  • iDeal (NL)
  • Klarna Pay Now / Sofort Banking (DE/AT/BE/NL/IT)
  • Maestro
  • MasterCard
  • SEPA Direct Debit with Mandate Management
  • Visa
  • V Pay

    Look out for more payment methods coming soon as frequently we add new ones.

    You can easily refund a payment with the "Refund" button in the order overview of a transaction (via View transactions). If your account supports it, you can also make refunds with a DirectLink request or with a Batch file upload (for multiple transactions).

    Please note that the Refunds option has to be enabled in your account.

    Go to Maintain your transactions for more information.

    When you check your transactions in your PostFinance account via Operations > View transactions or Operations > Financial history, and/or you download a monthly report of your transactions, you will notice that each transaction has a specific status.

    Read our dedicated guide

    You can only perform refunds on transactions for which the funds have already been transferred to your bank account. A cancellation or deletion can be done before a payment has been fully processed, i.e. before the daily cut-off time at the acquirer, at which point all transactions of the previous day are processed.

    In your PostFinance account menu, you can easily lookup your transactions by choosing "Operations" and then clicking either "View transactions" or "Financial history", depending on the type of transaction results you're looking for.

    Go to Consult your transactions for more information.

    Setting up firewalls correctly is important in ensuring that transactions are processed successfully.

    Read our dedicated guide

    The EU’s Second Payment Services Directive (2015/2366 PSD2) entered into force in January 2018, aiming to ensure consumer protection across all payment types, promoting an even more open, competitive payments landscape. Acting as a payment service provider, we pride ourselves on being confirmed PSD2 compliant since 29 May 2018.

    One of the key requirements of PSD2 relates to Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) that will be required on all electronic transactions in the EU from 1st January 2021 for Europe and from 14th September 2021 for UK. SCA will require cardholders to authenticate themselves with at least TWO out of the following three methods:

    • Something they know (PIN, password, …)
    • Something they possess (card reader, mobile. …)
    • Something they are (voice recognition, fingerprint, …

    This means your customers, in practice, will no longer be able to make a card payment online by using only the information on their cards. Instead they will have to, for example, verify their identity on a bank app that is connected to their phone and requires a password or fingerprint to approve the purchase.

    More information about PSD2 can be found here:

    PostFinance offers a complete suite of flexible products, sophisticated technologies and dedicated expertise to help you manage and optimize your online fraud prevention practices. Our industry-leading fraud detection tools and experts bring over 20 years of industry and regional expertise, and we will work closely with you to develop, implement and manage a holistic fraud solution that includes prevention, detection and management. We also offer comprehensive chargeback management and dispute management solutions. 

    By working with PostFinance, you can pick the solutions that best fit your needs and customize our services to either outsource fraud management functionalities or keep them in-house with our ongoing support.