Using PayPal to receive payments in South Africa

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How Does PayPal Work in South Africa?

PayPal is one of the most popular online payment services in the world, with over 200 million active user accounts globally. But how exactly does PayPal work for users in South Africa? Here's a quick overview:

Is PayPal Available in South Africa?

Yes, PayPal is available for use in South Africa via FNB. You can sign up for a PayPal account, link your bank account, and use it to send and receive payments online.

What are the fees for using PayPal?

The PayPal fees in South Africa are very high can add up to between 5% and 8% per transaction. This includes a fixed PayPal transaction fee, a currency conversion fee, an exchange rate fee charged by FNB, and an FNB withdrawal fee. The total fees make PayPal an expensive option for payments and withdrawals in South Africa compared to some local payment solutions. However, PayPal still provides the ability to easily receive payments from international clients in foreign currencies.

How Do South Africans Use PayPal?

South Africans use PayPal to:

  1. Receive payments from international clients and freelance work clients. PayPal allows you to get paid in foreign currencies like USD and EUR. Pay for items on international websites and auction sites like eBay that accept PayPal.
  2. Send and receive money domestically. You can send funds to anyone else with a PayPal account.

How Do I Get Money From PayPal in South Africa?

To get money out of your PayPal account in South Africa, you need to:

Link your South African bank account to your PayPal account. This is done through FNB's PayPal Withdrawal Service. Initiate a withdrawal from your PayPal account balance to your connected South African bank account. The money will be deposited into your bank account within 3-5 working days.

Can I Use PayPal to Send Money to South Africa?

Yes, PayPal allows you to send money to recipients in South Africa. The recipient needs to have a PayPal account connected to their South African bank account.

You can send money using your PayPal balance, bank account, or debit/credit card. The recipient will receive the money in their PayPal account and can then withdraw it to their bank.

Is PayPal Reliable in South Africa?

PayPal is generally considered safe and reliable to use in South Africa. It uses modern security measures to protect your financial information and transactions.

PayPal also offers buyer and seller protection policies in case issues arise. But be aware that PayPal's customer service is based overseas, which can make resolving problems more difficult from South Africa.

So in summary - PayPal is a viable online payment option for South Africans to use for international transactions and payments. Just be aware of the fees involved and make sure to properly link your bank account. For more information on receiving payments, check out ourPayPal in South Africa guide.

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Published: 11 October 2023Learn how PayPal works in South Africa. Understand how to create an account, link your bank, withdraw funds, and safely use PayPal for sending and receiving payments online as a South African user.

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