BEIJING, 6 Nov. /TASS/. Application payment system Alipay and WeChat Pay will be available to foreigners visiting China. As reported on Wednesday by Bloomberg, tourists don’t have to buy Chinese sim-card, and the procedure of registration card at your local Bank will be simplified.
Application payment system Alipay and WeChat Pay is widespread in the country, accounting for 94% of all mobile transactions. Previously, access to the applications users need to buy Chinese sim-card to open an account at a local Bank. This procedure caused difficulties for tourists coming to China for a short time and do not speak Chinese.
Platform Alipay has developed a special app for tourists that can be tied to the mobile number of any country. Within 90 days, tourists will be able to use the new service without being tied to a local Bank account. Alipay, the representative noted that travelers can use a special debit card provided by the “Bank of Shanghai”. The balance can be replenished using foreign Bank cards. Minimum replenishment amount is 100 yuan (about $15), the maximum sum — 2 thousand yuan (almost $300).
The WeChat platform Pay plans to provide the ability to bind your application to a Bank card issued in China, namely, Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover and JCB.
“This is a big step forward for consumers travelling across China and for the whole industry payment systems”, — the Agency reports the words of a company representative Visa. He also noted that cooperation with China will allow cardholders to freely shop in the country with the second largest economy in the world.
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