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.
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:
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.