Registering for Alipay is a major headache for foreign friends in China, because there's no English version of the personal registration site, and to access the full features of the service, you need to complete a verification process.
Here's a step-by-step guide to complete both the registration and verification processes.
1. Switch to e-mail registration
Alipay is set up to register you by mobile phone number by default, but this option requires a Chinese ID card. Click the Chinese “使用邮箱注册” below to register by e-mail.
International users can only select mainland China regions when registering with e-mail, if other regions, you need to register it with the local mobile phone number.
2. Enter account information
On the next page, enter your country, email, and verification code. You may have to complete an additional step where Alibaba will send you an SMS to your mobile phone number containing a password, which you'll then enter onto the page, similar to the process of getting on most public WIFI networks in China.
Also, note that Alipay separates country by region. Unfortunately, not all countries are listed under this menu, if your country isn't, it's not yet possible for you to register.
3. Complete email verification
After you press "next", you'll get an email from Alipay. Follow the link within the email to continue.
4. Enter personal information
The next page is where you'll enter your personal account information.
5. Registration successfully
Congrats, you've completed the registration process!
From here, we recommend you get your account verified to access all of Alipay's features. Some users report getting by with an unverified account by topping up their Alipay using e-banking, but verification is the next official steps.
1. Enter the verification portal
On your Alipay homepage, click the Chinese "未认证" link next to your email address to enter the verification portal.
2. Choose the "foreigner" option
On the next page, click "foreigner".
3. Enter your bank information
Make sure all these details match what your bank entered for you, particularly the order of your name.
4. Complete verification via bank transfer
Within 2 days, Alipay will wire a small amount of money (under 1RMB) to your bank account. Most major banks send SMS messages when a transfer is made, if yours doesn't, you can check at an ATM.
5. Verify transfer amount online
After you receive the wire transfer, come back to the verification portal (same process as step 1) and you'll be prompted to enter the transfer amount.
6. Verification finished
If the amounts match, you'll be brought to this screen. Great, you've verified your Alipay account!
Just 2 steps (registration & verification) start your amazing payment on Alipay from now on.
In China, when you need to make payment with Alipay but without mainland China bank accounts and Alipay balances, just use Vpayfast service. You can also place any amounts of the order and pay with your local payment methods. And them, Vpayfast will transfer the money to your Alipay account in minutes.
Alipay makes your payments easier!