Coinbase has announced customers across 26 countries can buy bitcoin "instantly" from today.
Previously, users could top up their accounts via bank transfer, however the exchange now supports 3D Secure credit and debit cards - having trialled the technology in the UK and Spain.
In a blog post, the company stated:
"Since credit and debit cards will not require a customer to pre-fund their Coinbase account with a bank transfer, customers can now receive bitcoin much faster."
Visa's 3D Secure protocol, which requires users to verify their identity via password, is supported by most banks in Europe. While instant, Coinbase will charge a 3% 'convenience fee' for the faster service.