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PayPal In Zimbabwe: Here’s How To Open Your PayPal Account

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UPDATE: Right now the cards that are working online and with PayPal in Zimbabwe are the USD pre-funded MasterCard/Visa cards which are being issued by some banks for example FBC, Steward Bank, NMB… Some banks still have well functioning non pre-funded MasterCard/Visa debit cards but with strict restrictions on online payments. Please check with your bank about online payments.

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Since we posted that PayPal will now work in Zimbabwe this week, we have been inundated with questions in the comments, in our WhatsApp groups, emails, on Techzim Answers, and on Facebook. Some are complaining that the service is not live yet and that PayPal or Techzim (or Reuters) spoke too soon. Some just want to know how they can get started. Some are even asking who in Zimbabwe is “facilitating” PayPal accounts. The kind of facilitation where people buy “WhatsApp” on the streets in Harare.

So the purpose of this article is to essentially confirm that you can open a PayPal account and you don’t really need to assistance from a stranger to do it. Just go to paypal.co.zw, and in the right top corner of the website, click on “Sign up” to register for an account:

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You will need to choose if you want a business account (that is if you’re looking to sell stuff online) or, for most of us, just a personal account. Earlier reports by by Reuters had indicated that PayPal wasn’t available for merchants locally,but looking at this sign up page, it doesn’t seem so.

You can link your new PayPal account to your locally issued MasterCard or VISA card to start using PayPal immediately to buy stuff on sites like eBay and millions of other small and large merchants worldwide.


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61 thoughts on “PayPal In Zimbabwe: Here’s How To Open Your PayPal Account

  1. Good afternoon. May you please assist, it has been almost 2 weeks when i am failing to open paypal account. After completing filling the arears, iam a message is always displayed that “some information is missing or the is incorrect information”. Please may you assist as i want to use the account urgently. You urgent response is greatly appreciated.

    Wellington

  2. I am struggling to open a paypal account.Does this facility really wek from the zim sideMay you please assist, it has been almost 2 weeks when i am failing to open paypal account. After completing filling the arears, iam a message is always displayed that “some information is missing or the is incorrect information”. Please may you assist as i want to use the account urgently. You urgent response is greatly appreciated.

  3. have been trying to add my bank account on paypal but its refusing. its saying the routing number im entering is not of a united states bank so have closed my account and opened it again making sure i have registered through a zimbabwe forum but still the country
    on the add my bank account page is still united states. what can i possible dodo

  4. Hi I am having a problem in verifying my email address and now my account has limited privileges. help out please

  5. Hi all… Juat thoight i would lwave thos message for you… I am in Harare and have a paypal account which is linked to my ecocash master card. I have purchased items from ebay, aliexpress and had things shipped from the US and Japan with ease. Its prettt basic and easy to use.

    Opening up your new account… Fill in all of your details and address… If you do not put in a zip ppstal cose then it will come back woth an error or incomplete… Zimbabwe does not have pastal codes so 0000 os what we use. For state/province i use Masgonaland East (as i am in Harare)… If toy dont know what province you are in look it up on your map or google.

    Payment… I have li ked mine to ecocash master card. I got my virtual master card number and ised that. Type it in. My name, card number and the 3 digit securiry code wgich they send you with your number.. I think its calld the ccv number or something, along with your exp date for the virtual card (wgich is always 14 days)…

    Paypal will then verify your card by extracting less than $2 from your card.. After verofication your card will then reimburse yoir card…

    Then you are set to go… With the ecocash virtual.card you will.need to put in your new number each time you make a purchase after the 14 days of the card being valid. Its easy so not a stress at all..

  6. Do you have offices where I can come and get help. I am completing the form but I keep getting this message: Some required information is missing or incomplete. Please correct your entries and try again.

  7. I am super impressed by this pay pal application. Had been struggling to pay for visa online for 2 weeks with bank card, signed up and in 2 mins the payment went through. Excellent service …….5 stars from me for this

  8. Getting payments by virtual ecocash mastercard is easy but how do we get paid for the things we want to sell . There a lot to gain from selling than buying. Has anybody got the solution to this challenge

  9. i have been failing to link my stanbic visa card with paypal,econet master card,can you give me a list of cards accepted by paypal.

  10. I would like to open a paypal account so I can get paid for proofeading / book reviews etc.
    Is that possible? which bank do I have to go through? I deal with CBZ.

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