Apple Pay is expanding to three new countries. Starting today, users in Costa Rica, Colombia, and Azerbaijan can make payments through Apple’s payment platform.
It’s been a while since 9to5Mac has been covering the imminent launch of Apple Pay in Costa Rica and Colombia. After months of banks preparing the launch of the service, it’s finally available.
In Costa Rica, at least Banco Promerica, BAC Credomatic, and BCR are supporting credit cards through Apple Pay. All these bank apps have been updated over the past few days to bring support to the Apple Wallet.
In Colombia, at least Bancolombia is already supporting Apple’s own payment system, as spotted by Twitter user David Mendes, then later confirmed by Apple through its own webpage. Clients from Bancolombia can add Visa and Mastercard cards.
In Azerbaijan, there are a few banks promoting Apple Pay’s arrival: Kapital Bank with Visa credit cards, ABB, and Unibank Sanin Banking. It’s possible to also add Mastercard credit cards as well.
Different from what happened in Chile where some customers were able to add a credit card to the Apple Wallet then a Chilean bank had to remove them all, this expansion was officialized by Apple.
As we hear from more banks or Apple, we will update the story with all banks and cards available in these countries.
Here’s how to add a card to Apple Pay
- Fire up Settings > Wallet & Apple Pay > Add Credit or Debit Card. If your iTunes & App Store account already has a compatible card on file, iOS will automatically recommend adding it to Apple Pay, if not you’ll need to either take a snapshot of your card, or enter it manually.
- Depending on your bank, you’ll need to verify via phone, SMS, or e-mail. Most large banks will send you an SMS verification code, while others may require you to call the bank to verify your identity. This process can be immediate, or sometimes take several days to complete depending on your bank.
- Once verification is complete, you’re all set up! Now you’ll be able to tap your iPhone at any store, restaurant, or gas station that accepts contactless payments, use it in apps, on the web, or send/receive money from friends or family through iMessage.
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