Apple Pay this morning arrived to more than a dozen additional European markets.
Customers in these countries can now use Apple Pay:
However, it should be noted that in many of the listed countries Apple Pay is not formally supported by domestic banks even though it’s now accepted by most local retailers that support contactless payments. In other words, Apple Pay support across the above markets has been realized in partnership with popular online banking services that issue Visa and MasterCard debit cards to customers throughout the European Union.
As an example, customers of popular online banking services company Revolut can now add a Revolut-branded MasterCard virtual or physical debit card to the Wallet app on their iPhone. According to regional Apple Pay websites in the listed countries, the service is also supported via MasterCard and Visa prepaid cards issued by major national banks.
🙌🏻 You can now use Revolut with Apple pay in Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. pic.twitter.com/Lm1lmc79nA
— Revolut (@RevolutApp) June 26, 2019
As another example, Apple Pay is supported in Slovakia by Boon, Edenred, J&T Banka, Monese, N26, Revolut, Slovenska Sporitelna, Tatra banka and mBank. In Portugal, launch support is limited to N26 and Revolut. To help get users up to speed, Apple has. published a “Get Started With Apple Pay” guide in local App Stores.
Pay safer and faster using your Monese cards with #ApplePay. Now available in:
🇸🇮 Slovenia pic.twitter.com/z2idbfV3lA
— Monese (@monese) June 26, 2019
Supporting banks in these countries include one or more of the following European banks.
- J&T Banka
- Slovenska Sporitelna
- Tatra banka
🙌 The wait is over! You can now use your N26 account with #ApplePay in:
🇸🇮 Slovenia pic.twitter.com/jPxX58OqKp
— N26 (@n26) June 26, 2019
The Cupertino tech giant has said that the service will be supported in 40 countries by the end of 2019 following its US debut back in October 2014.
The full list of Apple Pay countries and regions is available on Apple’s website.