A Visa gift card is activated per the instructions given by the card issuer, states Visa. Activation is done using the gift card number and the activation code that is available along with the card, explains Wells Fargo.
Quite a few of the gift cards from Visa are activated when purchased and can be used immediately, states Visa. However, if the card has a sticker that reads 'Activation Required', it implies that the card needs to be activated by the individual using the procedure given by the card issuer, explains Gift Card Mall.
The Visa gift card can be activated via phone or online. Activation via phone is done using a toll free number provided by the issuer, says Well Fargo. The number is usually available 24 hours a day. Alternatively, activation can be done at website given by the issuer, states Gift Card Mall.
Both the procedures require the recipient to provide the gift card account number that comprises of 16 digits and the activation code that is a three-digit figure, explains Well Fargo. These numbers are present on the gift card. Upon card activation, a personal identification number is received by the recipient, which is to be used to make purchases.