More African countries can now receive money via PayPal

I got a tip through a comment from a reader of this blog. I am republishing the comment verbatim because I have verified the information.

Sehemu-Nyeti wrote from Kenya:

PayPal users in the following African countries can now receive money: Malawi, Algeria, Mozambique, Lesotho, Morocco, Botswana and Seychelles. Whats even better for them (unlike those from South Africa and Kenya) is that they can withdraw directly to a debit card which is a faster way of withdrawing. In Kenya for instance, you have to withdraw to a US bank account , which very few people have, and if you have it, it takes 3-4 days to withdraw it. I now so much envy guys from all these other countries that can withdraw using a credit card.

This is significant because PayPal is the leading online payment system with 237,778,590 users worldwide at the time of writing.

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Oluniyi D. Ajao
Oluniyi D. Ajao is an Internet Entrepreneur and Tech Enthusiast based in South Africa. Follow him on twitter @niyyie for more tech updates.


  1. Hi David,

    What online payment systems do you recommend for ecommerce sites interested in selling to African countries not covered by paypal, especially Nigeria, Ghana etc. ?

    • Three years after ur hate comments, Nigerians started using PayPal. It’s 2014, and four years after Nigeria started using PayPal, Ghana is still not here. What a shame!

  2. I envy them too. I hear Paypal works in neighboring Togo, yet it has been difficult for interested parties to lead Paypal into Ghana. Maybe one day, they will have a reason to heed to our calls.

  3. Can’t wait for Nigeria to be de-listed from every blacklist imaginable. We can’t sign up to Western Union or MoneyGram to send money overseas. We can’t always shop for items on most international web sites with our Nigerian-issued credit cards. And when we are able to shop, some sellers won’t ship here.

    It’s so sad.

  4. Its funny to heat that only certain countries can receive money from US, Canada or any where else for that matter….

    Why is it such a issue in afruica. who is blocking the implementation….

    Im from namibia and do online bussines and struggle like hell coz some idiotic fool at our national reserve bank says its not oked yet… dam africa and its politics….

    Does any one know what the cheapest and easiest way is to receive money from online or internet bussiness

  5. Hi friends,
    I have a very nice friend in Ghana she wants to know is there a card we can get that will cover ghana and the United states.
    I want to help her get credits on her cellphone maybe some debit card will work.
    Please let me know soon because she will lose her imternet to.

    Thank you

    Roy- United states

  6. j have a Barclays debit card but whenever j try to link it to my pay pal account it shows that this is a wrong card can j receive money on my pay pal account with out linking there my bank

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