Apple Pay has debuted in Hong Kong. Beginning today, American Express, MasterCard and Visa debit and credit cards issued by Hang Seng Bank, Bank of China (Hong Kong), DBS Bank (Hong Kong), HSBC, Standard Chartered, and directly from AMEX work with Apple’s contactless payment service.
Hong Kong’s Bank of East Asia and Tap & Go are expected to offer support in the near future. The news of Hong Kong support for Apple Pay comes one day after it was announced the payments service is now available in France.
Apple Pay in Hong Kong can be used anywhere contactless payments are accepted, including a number of retail partners, such as: 7-Eleven, KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Pacific Coffee, Su-Pa-De-Pa, Taste, ThreeSixty, Uny, and more.
Apple Pay is now available in the United States, the UK, China, Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Singapore, France, and Hong Kong. Later in 2016, Apple plans to expand Apple Pay to Spain through a partnership with American Express.
Adding Your Credit or Debit Card to Apple Pay
Users can add their credit or debit card to Apple Pay, by doing the following:
- iPhone users running iOS 9 can go to the Wallet app and tap the “+” icon in the upper right-hand corner to begin, and then just follow the prompts. Users of iPads with Touch ID can add a card to the service to use in apps by going into “Settings” -> “Wallet & Apple Pay” to add a card there.
- Apple Watch users will need to enter the Watch app on their iPhone, Tap on the “Wallet & Apple Pay” option, and then tap the “Add Credit or Debit Card” option.
In June, Apple announced they will bring their payments solution to the web, allowing internet shoppers to use the service to make payments for goods and services on the web. Mac Safari users will soon be allowed to use the solution in the browser, confirming purchases via Touch ID on their iPhone, or by double-clicking the side button on their Apple Watch. The new feature will put Apple’s service into direct competition with internet payments behemoth PayPal.