Filipinos Overseas Can Now Use GCash Without a Local SIM Cardby Fintech Philippines February 20, 2023
Philippines’ mobile wallet GCash can now be used abroad in Japan, Australia, and Italy with international SIM cards through the beta launch of GCash Overseas.
GCash claims to be the e-wallet the first and only in the country to do so.
The e-wallet secured the necessary approval from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to kick off the launch.
This enables 1,000 Filipino users in Japan, Australia, and Italy to sign up for GCash even without a Philippine SIM.
Once they’re fully verified, Filipinos can begin signing up for GCash, send money for free through the GCash-to-GCash feature, pay for bills, and instantly buy reload credits within the app.
The beta mode will run for a limited time only and the full launch is expected later this year.
“We continue to make a difference in Filipinos’ lives by making financial services easier and more accessible to our now 76 million-strong registered users.
With around 10 million Filipinos living abroad, we want them to also be able to take advantage of GCash services even as they use international SIMs,”
said Martha Sazon, President and CEO of GCash.
GCash has also been doubling down on its international expansion through its partnership with global payments platform, Alipay+.
Aside from GCash Overseas, it can now be used to pay in select merchants across countries like Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and Qatar as well as top European destinations like the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy.