On July 20, 2023, the official WeChat team announced a comprehensive upgrade to their services for international bank card users. From now on, foreigners who bind their international cards with WeChat Pay can use mobile payments at a vast majority of merchants in mainland China, including dining, transportation, hotels, and supermarkets. Moreover, international card users can now enjoy various payment methods such as QR code scanning, mini-program payments, password-free deduction, and in-app payments. If you’re a tourist or a business visitor, a mobile phone is all you need to roam freely in mainland China. So, how do you use international travel cards and relevant passports? This guide is tailored for tourists looking to navigate China effortlessly with WeChat Pay.
Quick Setup in 4 Steps
Step 1: Download the WeChat APP
- You can download or update your WeChat APP to the latest version on your mobile phone. Register with your phone number or sign in.
Step 2: Where to find WeChat Pay?
- Go to: Tap “Me” – “Services” – “Wallet”.
Step 3: If you can’t find the options, you can activate WeChat Pay.
- At the bottom, tap “Me” – “Settings” – “General” – “Features” – “WeChat Pay”.
- In the top corner, tap “+” then tap “Scan” to scan the following QR code.
- This way, you can enable it.
Step 4: Fill in your passport and add a VISA or other bank card.
- Binding overseas bank cards, currently supports bank cards issued by mainstream overseas bank card organizations, such as Visa, Mastercard, Diners Club, Discover, etc.
Tips: If you use your passport to verify your identity, you will receive a notification asking you to upload a copy of your passport.
Where Can You Use International VISA in Mainland China
Firstly, WeChat Pay can be used in dining, transportation, malls, supermarkets, hotels, and virtually everywhere catering to every resident in China. In other words, everyone can use WeChat Pay. For instance, present payment code to pay, scan QR code to pay, mini-program payment, APP payment. China has many beautiful cities and places you must want to visit (like the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Bund in Shanghai). When you use WeChat Pay, it can help you easily navigate every corner of China.
Passport and Chinese Mobile Phone
If you plan to travel or do business in China, the best solution is to buy a mobile phone in mainland China and perform real-name authentication. This way, whether you are traveling or doing business, you can use your Chinese phone number to solve many issues. You’ll need it for essential tasks such as protecting yourself against theft, hailing taxis, and calling for police assistance. In these situations, the latest WeChat Pay comes in very handy. And last but not least, remember, the one thing you absolutely must not lose is your mobile phone. Of course, if you happen to be traveling in China and lose your passport, you can refer to our previous articles on how to seek help from the police in China to resolve this issue.
New Visa-Free Policy
Recently, in an effort to stimulate the post-pandemic recovery of the tourism industry, the Chinese government announced a new visa-free policy. China will implement a unilateral visa-free policy for citizens of six countries, including France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, and Malaysia. Additionally, China has expanded the transit visa-free policy to 54 countries, including Norway. Individuals holding passports from these countries coming to China for business, tourism, family visits, or transit for no more than 15 days, may enter without a visa. This new policy provides unprecedented convenience for international travelers, significantly lowering the threshold for visiting China. If you plan to travel or conduct business in China, you can enjoy the convenience brought by this policy. Coupled with WeChat Pay, your journey in China will become even more effortless and enjoyable. Please make sure to check the latest visa requirements and policies to ensure your travel plans comply with the regulations.
China, a land shrouded in mystery and graced with breathtaking beauty
China, a land shrouded in mystery and graced with breathtaking beauty, beckons travelers from across the globe not only to feast their eyes on its majestic vistas but also to forge valuable business connections. This vibrant nation offers a tapestry of ancient traditions and modern innovations, where every visit promises a wealth of unforgettable experiences and opportunities.
For those planning an extended stay in China, obtaining a real-name authenticated Chinese mobile phone is a wise choice. Not only does it offer connectivity and convenience, but it also helps mitigate potential inconveniences in case of a lost phone. Furthermore, it facilitates smoother business negotiations and enhances social encounters, allowing you to network effortlessly within this dynamic economic landscape.
Remember, China’s rich cultural heritage, stunning landscapes, and vibrant cities are waiting to be explored. Your time here is not just a vacation; it’s a deep dive into a diverse world where ancient rituals coexist with futuristic skylines. So, seize the opportunity, embark on your adventure, and experience the marvels of China. Revel in the harmony of tradition and innovation, connecting with locals and international minds alike, with the ease and convenience of WeChat Pay at your fingertips. From the Great Wall to the Silk Road, from cutting-edge business districts to time-honored tea houses, China’s multifaceted essence will undoubtedly leave an indelible mark on your heart and mind.
China, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, is easily navigable with WeChat Pay. Of course, if you are very fond of China, you might also consider registering a Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise (WFOE). GWBMA warmly welcomes you, and you are welcome to visit China!