How to Register an Alipay Account Outside China

Online payment is becoming so important, especially in China. Almost everyone in China use online payment instead of cash or cards. To register an Alipay account is simple. But this article will show you how to register an Alipay account without a Chinese bank card or band account.

1. How to register an Alipay account outside China?

Step 1 Preparation

  • Download an Alipay on your App Store
  • Choose a language

Step 2 Register an account

  • Choose the country or region you’re living in
  • Enter your mobile phone number

Remember that this phone number should be the one you use regularly, because we are going to use it later.

  • Click on the agreement, then click “sign up”

As you have entered your phone number, Alipay will send you message with a verification code.

  • Enter the four-digit verification code
  • Choose “yes” when it asks if you want to use the global version of Alipay

After you’ve done all the above steps, you now have an Alipay account. To use your Alipay without a Chinese band card or bank account. Then you will need to follow the following steps.

2. How to use Alipay without a Chinese Bank card or account?

  • Click “Tour Pass” on the first page of Alipay

Tour Pass” is a bank from Shanghai. You can use it with your bank card of your own country, instead of applying for a Chinese band card or account.

Alipay TourPass

How to Use “Tour Pass”?

  • Choose the country or region you’re living in

Remember that all your information must be 100% real. Otherwise, it won’t work.

  • Fill in your passport number, your name and birth date as required.
  • Upload a photo of your passport
  • Fill in the information of the credit card you are going to use
  • Then you can top up money to your Alipay account

3. How to use Alipay to pay?

  • Use open payment to pay

You need to set a six digits payment password. After you set your password, you can pay with Alipay. Or you can use your biological ID, like fingerprint or your face ID, to make payment.

Open payment by Alipay

#Questions about Alipay

Lately, we’ve received comments that people have problems on the verification and top-up on Alipay. And we’ve contact the Alipay global to figure out how these problems occurs and how to solve it. By the way, about how to register an Alipay account via SMS code, we’ve uploaded a video version of step guide. Hope you find it helpful.

1.About Verification

Some said they have problems verifying their passports. Verification about your identity is a must-do thing on Alipay. To verify, you will need your passport and a bank card under the same name. Make sure all information you fill in should be 100% authentic.

You need to add your bank card to your Alipay account on the Me page.

Go to the Balance page, and add your passport information. After you fill in your passport information, it will ask you to verify your passport by uploading the picture of your passport page.

The last part is to verify your face to make sure you are the same person as the passport page shows.

Alipay tour pass

2.About Tour Pass

Tour Pass on Alipay is more like a prepaid card. And to use Tour Pass, you will also have to provide your passport information to verify your credit card or debit card. And make sure your bank card is a VISA card or Master Card, or other cards that Alipay accepted. Notice that Tour Pass is for payment only with a valid date of about 90 days, which is quite nice when on tour. And you can not transfer money to another bank account through Tour Pass.

3.About Money Transaction

If you want to transfer money from aboard to another account through Alipay, you will need to have a Chinese bank card. But if you don’t want a Chinese bank card and you need to pay a Chinese supplier, you can ask them to give you their QR code for payment. Then you can pay them through Tour Pass, as it becomes a payment action. One thing is that the the money you can pay with Tour Pass is limited.

Payment via QR code

Hope you find this article helpful.Let us know if we have further to improve! Please leave your sweet suggestions on comments. Thanks for helping us to get better!


  1. Philip Yong Chin Fah
    Philip Yong Chin Fah

    Please advice me

  2. Please I don’t have a passport what will I do?

  3. I have been trying but to no avail. Don’t have an Hong Kong number to verify the code SMS I thing this is the lastest version of Ali pay.

    • You may find some online SMS for verify.
      But we didn’t recommend that, you’d better brought an Hongkong SIM card, around 1 dollar per month.

  4. Can we use it on pakistani sim card?

  5. I was able to setup an account with my US number but after top up it started asking me to validate my cc but wont do anything. Is this a common issue and how to fix this

    • Hi Emilio,

      Sorry for you trouble.
      Could you pls more specific “CC”? Is that credit card?

      Kindly regards!

    • 1) What kind of passport can I use to open d alipay acct,
      2) can I used my expired international passport

      • Hi Moses,

        You shouldn’t use the expired passport.LOL
        And pls note, you can apply tour pass when you have VISA or MASTERCARD

  6. Can someone help, the new updated version of alipay seems different, foreigners can’t sign up

  7. I’ve set up my Alipay account, but i was unable to pay, it keep saying wrong payment password. And I’m sure of the password i set…please how can i regain my password

    • Hi Lekan,
      did you setup your payment password? its not your login password.

      if have any problem pls email us, we’ll help you out.

  8. It’s very useful and the steps are clear and easy to understand.

  9. It keeps in saying incorrect payment password

  10. Hi,I’m from Philippines. How can I link my debit master card on my alipay account? It’s a bank account in Philippines I have not a chinese bank.

  11. That’s so helpful for a new .

  12. I also want to know how to register an WEIXIN? Can you help me?

  13. How Can i pay?

    The other party’s money-receiving code is the domestic money-receiving code, which can only be used within the country. 100

    Please help me.

  14. Thank you for this information. I am in UK. I have just set up Alipay and can only use it via Tour Pass. Is it possible for a Chinese person in China to send me money to my wallet via Tour Pass? Or can I only have money outgoing?

  15. I am from bangladesh i want to apen alipay account Please halp me
    haw to open alipay account and What do I need to open an account?

  16. Why you didnt answer me?

    How Can i pay?

    It will allways come this Message:

    The other party’s money-receiving code is the domestic money-receiving code, which can only be used within the country. 100

    In china and Last year in Germany, i have no Problems. But now i cant pay anything.

    Please help me. Or can i created a new account with german creditcards? So that i can pay on Chinese Page, like in china. If yes, give me a manual.


  17. I started to register and then switched out of the app to translate a page, when I returned it asked me to login for verification and asked to enter bank card number. I have never input a bank card number so I cannot login now.

  18. I am an importer and I live in Nigeria, can I open and use alipay from Nigeria?
    If yes, how?

  19. Hello,
    After I try to do the real-name verification and I fill my passport data, they ask me for a mainland China bank card or a passport chip. But my passport doesn’t have that chip, is there a way to go around this?

  20. Whenever I tried to log in in the Alipay app, it redirect me to verify bank account. I tried put my bank account but it does no avail. I’m from the Philippines btw.

  21. hello,
    i am live in the US trying to verify myself to use taobao and it says i need to verify myself on alipay with my passport. i did, but my passport does not have a chip. is there a workaround this or could you help me? i need to pay my products in the warehouse. please contact me. thank you

  22. Also can’t get past the screen where it requires a Chinese bank card to do the verification. I already added my passport and everything.

  23. Hello,amanigerian and have been trying to sign up on alipay but it keep saying
    ‘System error,we’re checking it now’
    Please what can I do?

  24. Hello,am a nigerian and have been trying to sign up on alipay but it keep saying
    ‘System error,we’re checking it now’
    Please what can I do?

  25. Hi
    Can I open an account with only my national ID? I don’t have an international passport

  26. Am trying to pay using Alipay but am failing after scanning code and on the payment page after verification I get a Chinese pop up. Which when translated means

    “The other party’s money-receiving code is the domestic money-receiving code, which can only be used within the country.”

    What is the solution.

    • yes, you have to ask the receiver to provide you an cross board QR code, then you can go smoothly.
      For the Domestic only available for Chinese people.

  27. Respected concerns!

    Good Evening and I hope you will find fine.

    I have been in Pakistan since last year, i can not come back to China due to Covid-19 epidemic disease. Hopefully, all the problems will be solved as soon as possible. I am a student at Beijing Institute of Technology in Beijing, China. The mobile on which I use my alipay account has broken and can not be repaired. and my alipay account has registered with china unicom sim company.Because, my sim card is power off and still i am not available in china to re issue my sim card. I also tried to log in through my email link with my account. Please guide me how i recover my account in my new mobile and i want to draw all available money in account, please also guide me how i can withdraw my money from alipay account.

    Thanks & Best Regards

  28. Please I am told that I need to a debit card but it’s not going when I use my card details.

  29. Please I have bn trying to pay through tourpass but it keeps saying fund loading failed

  30. Everything has gone smoothly, except when it asks me for my location – it’s all in Chinese. I’m on the international alipay and it has accepted everything else to verify me.

  31. Hi, I had already registered my Philippine number in the app, but not yet verified an accidentally switched off the phone,and when I opened it again,it goes to lift restriction, asking bank card…I input my bank card number but not accepted…why and how can I open my registered account?

  32. I don’t have a passport and i am trying to send money scanning a qrc code but it says “merchant does not support international credit card”. Is there a way around this to still send money with my credit card from the US to China?

    • Hi Ronaldo,
      So sorry to hear that. that’s because the merchant send you the QR code for domestic market. So have to ask they send you the QR for international money collect.

  33. Hi Dear, I’m trying to set up an international alipay account, but passport has already expired in March 2021. How else can I verify myself?

  34. Hi , my name is Agus. I want to ask if the tourist pass if eligible to pay for TAOBAO payment?

  35. Can I use my NIN to register on Alipay

  36. Hi I am from Australia. My international area code is +61 and my mobile number reads 0416 XXX XXX.
    Under profile my alipay account number reads 61-0416XXXXXX.

    Do I disregard the ‘-‘ when providing my number to others? A company wants to pay me and has asked for my alipay account number.

    My understanding is that tourpass only lasts for 3 months and is not permanent.

    • Hi Priscilla,
      Pls do keep the “-“, you should provide the number:61-0416XXXX to the vender. When they send you money it will verify ur name like this: *cilla(61-0416XXXX).
      And also you can use the QR code to collect money, just click on the Pay/Collect, and choose Collect, then you specify amount, save QR code and send to vender.
      Pls note: the balance in Alipay only can withdraw to Chinese bank account, so keep in mind collect money to Tourpass.

      Any thing not clear pls feel free to contact us.

  37. Hi I am Rahmat from Nigeria anytime I want to register on tour pass it keeps telling funding failed. I went to my bank and complained but it’s still the same thing.

  38. Hi! I’ve been trying to verify my account for while now without any success. The page is unable to recognize my passport. I’ve tried two different passport but still got same respond. Please you can reach me through my email above if there’s any solution. Thanks!

  39. Hi! Please can I use driver’s license for real name verification?

    Kind Regards!

  40. I’m from the Philippines. I have an Alipay account and tried activating TourPass. However, I cannot get past the verification stage of personal info because the Philippines is not listed in the Nationality/Region. Any idea on how to solve this?

    Also, is there a way to top up my Alipay Balance? My credit card does not allow me to do so…

    Thank you

    • Hi Karen,
      Pls use passport to verify your account, and you can top up to TourPass, when you pay you can choose Bank of ShangHai/prepaid card.

      Kindly regards!

  41. Hi, please I already added an international passport first, before adding my card details.
    When I try to top up, it says oops I do not have a bank card. The visa bank card is showing, but it’s still telling me add bank card.

    • In this case means the Bank of Shanghai they can not verify your VISA bank card, you have to change another one.

      Cuz all Alipay Tourpass go through Bank of Shanghai.

  42. Hey guys 🙂 Does anyone now if I can create & verify 2 Alipay accounts with 1 passport? Thing is that I verified one account with non-Chinese number (for Tour Pass and also making orange QR code for getting money from colleagues in change of cash, haha), and I’m using account with Chinese number for Health Code – so, if I can verify account with Chinese number, I could ask colleagues to send me money there and I could use didi/hellobike/all other things as a regular human being in China 😀

    • Haha,

      If ur in China, you can verify by the student ID. LOL

      Yes, it will have Healthcode also. Also can use We chat pay.

      Kindly regards!

  43. I have smoothly registered for Alipay and tourpass. I also was able to transfer money from my bank card to tourpass. I wanted to pay the vendor, I keep receiving feedback “No direct payment method can be used currently, please choose another method to complete payment”. Then it displays option for me to add a new card but it doesn’t show me my card that I already added.
    I don’t know what to do and I urgently need to pay a supplier. Please help

    • Hi Sir,

      That’s mean the vendor didn’t support credit card yet, you can ask him to active credit card payment or you have to find another vendor.
      In China most supplier on 1688 or Taobao they accept credit card, and Huabei, few of them just ask cash.

      Kindly regards!

  44. Pls I have national identity card n not a passport. How do I register with my national identity card on alipay

  45. Hello,
    i want to create an Aliypay account, but i can’t find my country name(Morocco) when i try to add my Region as described above
    best regards

  46. Hi can I used alipay here in Turkey? İ previously live in Hongkong and using alipay apps for remittance to PHİLİPPİNES, now i moved to Turkey, can i still use my alipay? İf yes, how i will do it?

    • Alipay only counter on your passport, you can still use it.

      Kindly regards!

    • Trying to send money from tour pass to individual Alipay account but it’s not going. It’s prompting the receiving Alipay’s account only supports payment in Chinese mainland

  47. Hi~ I used Alipay last year but now expired.
    So I want to re-active Alipay but after upload my passport picture, alert system notice ‘system is busy, try later’
    I tried more than 10 times but same notice alert! So what should I do to re-active Alipay? ;ㅁ;

  48. Hello. My nationality Albania is not listed in the verification page. What can I do?

  49. Hello, my passport expired I cannot go to next what can I do. Now I cannot use Alipay to pay my Chinese mobile apps. Thanks
    Hello, my passport expired I cannot go to next what can I do. Now I cannot use Alipay to pay my Chinese mobile apps. Thanks

    Hello, my passport expired I cannot go to next what can I do. Now I cannot use Alipay to pay my Chinese mobile apps. Thanks

  50. Please if the number I used in registering alipay account and the number on my bank card is different …hope it doesn’t matter??

  51. Hi, I am from Singapore and I have set up my Alipay account and everything but when I try to add a mastercard bank card it will say “The linking of this card is temporarily unavailable. Please try another bank card”?
    Please advice how I can solve this error. I would require the account for online purchases.

  52. Hello, can I make a verified alipay using my country’s passport and does it not require a china bank account? Can we increase alipay Limit to more than 200K per year?
    can you help me make a verified alipay that can be used for shopping on taobao
    Thank you

  53. my account Verified how to top up without Credit card ? im foreign

  54. I need help
    I don’t have a passport, is there any other way to use national identification card or PayPal on apps like pinduoduo

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