UnionPay continues to expand its global acceptance footprint

Apr 27, 2020

There are 28.5 million merchants outside mainland China accepting UnionPay cards. 4 million of them support UnionPay mobile payment services too, an increase of about 1 million. Users of UnionPay mobile payment services can now enjoy greater payment ease and a wider variety of services.


UnionPay International (UPI) announced that there are 28.5 million merchants outside mainland China accepting UnionPay cards. Among these merchants, four million support UnionPay mobile payment services too, an increase of about one million compared to the same period last year. UnionPay cardholders can scan UnionPay QR code to pay at HEYTEA in Singapore, tap their mobile phones to take the Moscow Metro in Russia, and claim tax refund via the UnionPay mobile app at the airports in Rome. Users of UnionPay mobile payment services can now enjoy greater payment ease and a wider variety of services while traveling overseas.

According to the World Tourism Organization, the number of Chinese outbound tourists in 2019 is expected to grow by 14% year-on-year. In answer to this, UPI continues to expand its global acceptance footprint to offer smooth payment experiences to Chinese tourists. In 2019, UnionPay is accepted for the first time in Ukraine, Armenia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina and Chili, expanding UnionPay’s global acceptance network to 177 countries and regions.

UnionPay mobile payment services available in more fields

The logo of the UnionPay mobile app can be found on the facade of the LOFT flagship shop in Japan Ginza, where UnionPay cardholders can easily pay by scanning UnionPay QR code at the shop counters. The UnionPay mobile payments are available mainly in various types of merchants, covering fields of F&B, lodging, transit, sight-seeing, shopping and entertainment. Popular merchants accepting UnionPay mobile payments include popular catering merchants such as the Fish Market in Australia, KFC in Nepal and No Signboard Seafood in Singapore, chain supermarkets such as Mannings in Hong Kong, Lotus Supermarket in Thailand and 99 Ranch Market in the US, and a variety of tourist attractions such as Hong Kong Ocean Park and Korean Folk Village.

Recently, UPI has launched year-end offers of up to 30% off for cardholders in 80 major business areas around the world. Popular merchants in a number of business areas such as The Shilla Duty Free in Singapore, GS25 Convenient Store in South Korea and Eslite bookshop in Taipei, provide special offers to customers who pay with UnionPay mobile payments.

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