As expected, Apple Pay launched in Belgium on Wednesday. iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac users can now take advantage of Apple’s mobile payment service, providing their card issuers supports the service. In a surprise move, Apple Pay also launched on Wednesday in Kazakhstan.
Apple Pay availability in Belgium is currently limited to customers of BNP Paribas Fortis and its subsidiary brands Fintro and Hello Bank. However, it is possible other banks in the country will offer support for Apple’s payments service in the future.
In Kazakhstan, Eurasian Bank, Halyk Bank, ForteBank, Sberbank, Bank CenterCredit, and ATFBank Mastercard and Visa cardholders can use Apple Pay. Approximately 65% of card terminals in the country already support contactless payments, as banks are working to expand NFC availability in the terminal network.
Belgium and Kazakhstan are the 30th and 31st regions where Apple Pay is not officially available. Apple first launched in the United States in October 2014, and has steadily expanded to other countries.
Adding Your Credit or Debit Card to Apple Pay
Once Apple Pay arrives in their country, users can add their credit or debit card to the service by doing the following:
- iPhone users running iOS 12 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.
For more information about the service, visit the Apple website.