China Raises Spending Limit for Foreigners Using Alipay Without ID Registration

By Thea Felicity

Mar 08, 2024 07:56 AM EST

The logo of China's pioneering digital payments firm Alipay is pictured outside the office block of its parent company Ant Group in Shanghai on November 4, 2020.
(Photo : Photo by HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP via Getty Images)

People's Bank of China announced that they are simplifying mobile payments for foreigners, allowing them to spend up to $2,000 per year on Alipay without needing to register their ID. 

This development marks a fourfold increase from the previous limit of $500. Ant Group, which operates Alipay, also raised the single transaction limit for registered users to $5,000, up from $1,000. 

These changes reflect efforts by Beijing to facilitate transactions for international visitors, aiming to streamline the mobile payment process in China, where QR code scanning is the predominant payment method. 

Additionally, Ant Group announced an annual transaction limit of $50,000 for registered users, a fivefold increase from the previous limit of $10,000, in line with recent announcements from the People's Bank of China. 

These adjustments apply to foreign visitors who use Alipay or specific overseas mobile payment apps, making payments more convenient and accessible for travelers in China.

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What Does It Mean For Tourists?

This increased spending not only lets foreign visitors coming to find it easier to make purchases using mobile payment methods like Alipay. China's move can also stimulate economic activity in the retail, hospitality, and tourism sectors.

According to CNBC, China's emphasis on mobile payment innovation reinforces its position as a leader in financial technology (fintech) with the widespread adoption of mobile payment methods like Alipay.

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