On August 17th, it was announced at the 2023 Alipay Partner Conference in Hangzhou that Alipay will launch a new international version.
This version aims to further optimize the payment process for overseas tourists and gradually increase more service functions in domestic cities. Chinese merchants will also be able to better accommodate global visitors to China, increasing their customer acquisition opportunities.
Overseas users can download and register Alipay International version, which allows them to link their bank cards from major international card networks such as Visa, Mastercard, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, etc. This enables them to enjoy the same convenient payment experience as users in mainland China.
In addition, the services and scenarios available to overseas tourists on Alipay’s new international version are more diverse. In addition to offline store consumption, it can be used for taking buses, subways, taxis, cycling, booking hotels, flights, train tickets, scenic area tickets in China. It can even be used to purchase tickets for the Hangzhou Asian Games and more. At the same time, Alipay International version also provides translation and currency conversion tools and supports multilingual customer service including English.
According to the introduction, Alipay International will continue to optimize its products and services, and encourage more mini-program merchants on the Alipay platform to provide service support for overseas users, jointly creating a better experience for global tourists living in China.