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WeChat Wallet made easy for foreigners

WeChat has made its Wallet service more accessible to non-Chinese users

Image: Jackie Park
We're not going to lie, most of us had given up on trying to make payments through WeChat Wallet. After WeChat announced last year that the service was being made available to non-Chinese citizens – by moving away from accepting only Chinese ID cards as identification to including international passports as well – we were pretty psyched by the prospect of using our new magical e-wallet to pay for everything.

After spending weeks – slight exaggeration maybe – setting up our new accounts, for one reason or another it just wouldn't work for most of us. One of the problems was that only foreigners with a China Merchant's bank account could even add their cards in the first place. But even for those of us who could, when payment time came it reverted to the old trick of asking us again for our Chinese ID. Confused, frustrated and a little hurt, we closed our WeChat Wallets, never looking back. Until now, that is.

Over the last few months, WeChat seems to have finally ironed out a majority of the glitches and has made it available to foreigners using many of the major Chinese banks, including Bank of China, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Bank of Communications, China Everbright Bank, Hua Xia Bank, Industrial Bank, Ping An Bank, Hang Seng Bank and there will be even more made available soon.

It's time to re-open that e-wallet and start spending.

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Not sure how to set up WeChat Wallet? Or struggling to even find it on your Android? Take a look at our handy, step-by-step how-to guide here.

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