Is Paypal officially coming to Pakistan?

In a very surprising move today, Paypal has started rolling out its merchant services in Pakistan and now if you try to setup a merchant account through any country other than the US, (e.g. UAE or UK), you will see that you can select Pakistan from the drop down list when adding your business information.

https://www.paypal.com/ae/merchantsignup/create

Now you’d think – why the sudden mysterious change of heart by Paypal for Pakistan?

Online marketers, digital business owners and bloggers have dreamed of this day when PayPal would officially add Pakistan to its list of supported countries so they can take their business to the next level but as previously discussed on numerous occasions and forums, its not easy for Paypal to come to Pakistan for multiple reasons such as volume of business, abundance of terrorism and the vague rules imposed by the State Bank.

So why is Pakistan listed in Country List of PayPal while Signing up?

Honestly there is much speculation around this move and most people on social media believe that it could be possible because of several reasons:

  1. It is a technical fault (or bug) and will be fixed soon.
  2. They are working on their systems to add Pakistan in allowed Country List and slowly updating their system.

So rejoice while you can. It is best not to get excited until unless you read an official blog post by PayPal about adding Pakistan to the list of supported countries.

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Update: Looks like we have an official answer now. Better luck next time Pakistan