PayPal Nigeria: Opening & Operating a PayPal Account

PayPal Nigeria

Established in 1998 as Confinity, PayPal is the leading global payment system and is now available to residents of Nigeria. It is available in over 200 countries and territories around the world in 23 currencies.

What is PayPal?

PayPal NigeriaPayPal is the online wallet service of an American financial institution registered in the United States and several countries. The company is also registered in other countries including Canada, Luxemburg, Singapore, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

It serves a global marketplace and is by far the biggest internet wallet service.

The service opened-up to dozens of countries in the year 2014. It became officially available to residents of Nigeria since July 2014. Before then, only Nigerians residents in countries supported could open and operate an account.

How can I open a PayPal account in Nigeria?

Opening an account from Nigeria is simple and straight-forward. You simply need to visit their official website.

Requirements for Opening an Account in Nigeria

  • You need a valid email address. This is the primary requirement. PayPal would attempt to validate the email address by sending a message. You would need to confirm the existence of the email address by following the steps in the message they send.
  • You would also need a Visa or Mastercard linked to a Nigerian bank account. This could be a credit or debit card. This is necessary for verifying your PayPal account. The service would debit a tiny amount from the card and once you confirm the transaction, the account would be fully Verified.
  • As of December 2018, Interswitch’s Verve card does not work with the service.

Can I receive funds through PayPal in Nigeria?

Yes and No.

Currently, personal accounts do not support receiving money in Nigeria. You can only open Personal Accounts and send money online from same. You can also make payment to millions of merchants around the world that accept payment via Paypal.

Every payment you make would be charged from the Debit or Credit Card you have linked to the account.

All transactions are currently denominated in United States Dollars (USD). Naira, the official currency of Nigeria, is currently not supported.

PayPal Business Accounts are now available in Nigeria. Merchants can receive funds and withdraw.

PayPal Business Accounts are now available in Nigeria. Merchants can receive funds and withdraw.

As of December 2018, Business Accounts are now available to e-commerce merchants in Nigeria. However, you can only receive money through a website cart, not directly from another user.

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Where can I use it in Nigeria?

Web4Africa is a leading Web Hosting provider and accredited Domain Registrar. The company accepts PayPal for Domain Registration, Web Hosting, Virtual Servers, Dedicated Servers and every other service it offers.

Millions of other global merchants are happy to accept payment via PayPal. These include:

  • airlines like Kenya Airways, Ethiopia Airways, SouthWest, South African Airlines;
  • music streaming services like Spotify;
  • video streaming services like Hulu, Roku;
  • online gaming platforms like Sony PlayStation Network, Steam;
  • global shopping platforms like eBay, Best Buy;

Limitations of PayPal Nigeria Accounts

PayPal is an American service. The very best experience with this payment system is available to residents of the USA. No other country enjoys the depth and richness of features offered in the US. It feels like Nigeria is on the other end of the spectrum. Thus, I would be sharing the features available in the USA that are not available to Nigeria, to illustrate the limitations experienced by users in Nigeria.

PayPal Debit Card

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  • PayPal Credit: subject to credit approval, American users can make use of a digital credit line to make purchases online exceeding $99 and repay in installments.
  • Card issuance: PayPal issues Cashback Mastercard (2% cash back everywhere the card is accepted), Extras Mastercard (cardholders can earn points on every spend), Cash Mastercard (a debit/ATM card linked directly to the PayPal wallet), and PrePaid Mastercard (for funds transfer from the wallet to the card) to residents of the USA.
  • Near Instant Bank withdrawal: this new feature allows USA users to withdraw to their eligible debit card or bank account almost instantly, albeit for a premium fee. Regular withdrawals are free-of-charge and reflect the next working day.
  • Fees: US-based merchants enjoy some of the lowest transaction fees for accepting payment over this platform. Sales within the USA can be as low as 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction.
  • PayPal Here card reader: US-based merchants also have the luxury of a card reader that enables them to accept payments physically from major card schemes.

FAQ

  • Is PayPal banned in Nigeria?
    Not any more. The service was not available to residents of Nigeria until 2015 but is now available to a large extent.
  • Can I use PayPal to receive money in Nigeria?
    Yes. Business Accounts can receive money in Nigeria.
  • How do I make my PayPal account valid in Nigeria?
    To verify your account, you need to:

    • confirm your email address by clicking on the link sent to your email
    • add your valid Visa or Mastercard and confirm the code in the transaction

53 Comments on “PayPal Nigeria: Opening & Operating a PayPal Account”

  1. Hello ,I have a naira visa debit card and I tried opening s PayPal account.i get a message of card not accepted.
    Please what should I do? Thanks

    1. Your card must be one that is specifically enabled for international transactions by your card issuer. There is a chance your Naira Visa Debit card isn’t. I suggest you talk to your bank.

  2. I do online jobs that pay via PayPal, but I can’t cash payments that I receive. Can I transfer money from my Nigerian paypal to my friend’s paypal account IN SPAIN. So that he can withdraw and wire to me?
    OR
    Is there another way of cashing money from my paypal account in Nigeria?

    1. Have you received funds in your PayPal account?
      To my knowledge, Nigerian PayPal accounts cannot receive funds. Only Nigerian Business PayPal accounts can.
      You might want to contact PayPal Support for help with this.

  3. Please I’m unable to receive funds in my business PayPal account can it be because it’s not yet linked with a debit card

  4. Please I’m unable to receive funds in my business PayPal account can it be because it’s not yet linked with a debit card please help out its urgent

    1. Ideally, your PayPal account needs to be fully verified, for you to be able to withdraw funds. This would include adding and confirming a credit or debit card to your account. I would suggest you consult PayPal directly, for assistance.

  5. Hi Web4Africa,

    I don’t think Nigerian business Paypal Account still receive fund. It was meant to in the past, but it’s like they ‘ve disabled the features.

    If you loging to any Nigerian business Paypal account now, you won’t even see any such tool to receive fund either directly or from your website.

  6. Please I a m having problems opening my paypal account.what do I do?
    I tried to change my password but they said that they could not confirm I am the one.
    I tried to sign up afresh with another email but creating the account,only the USA states were available for selection.
    Help me please.

  7. Please what url did you use because me am not seeing the business account option when i tried registering. Thanks

  8. Pls I want to open a PayPal account can I change the fund I receive to naira and is it only business account that can receive funds. Thanks

    1. PayPal allows withdrawals to Visa debit, credit or prepaid cards in some countries. Unfortunately, however, Nigeria is not one of them (as of June 2019).

  9. I bought a product ,but it never got to me, the seller is asking for my PayPal account, which I just opened one now. I hope I can be able to receive the money once I verify my card?

    1. If you paid for the product through PayPal, you should consider contacting their customer service. They are very aggressive with protecting buyers.

  10. Hello, Thanks for this information but I am having problem even accessing Paypal website and this is the information I receive each time I tried to access it:

    Access Denied
    You don’t have permission to access “http://www.paypal.com/” on this server.
    Reference #18.c3cd717.1560194294.76144b3

    Is there any way around it?

  11. Thanks really for this post.
    I have read similar though but this is really unique i learnt something new.

  12. Thank you for this rich content.
    I would like to ask if I can use the money received from a PayPal business account to make purchase online.

    Thank you

  13. Pls can I get my PayPal account linked to someone else’s credit card,since I don’t have any credit card.

    1. You don’t need a credit card. Any Mastercard or Visa Debit Card that is enabled for internet use is good enough.

      PayPal’s terms and conditions forbid you from using a card that does not belong to you.

  14. Can I withdraw my money in personal PayPal account in Nigeria bank?
    Can I use the money from my PayPal account to purchase goods online?

    1. A Personal account in Nigeria cannot hold a balance. You can only spend from the card linked to the PayPal account.

  15. I worked for a survey company in U.S. and they only pay U.S paypals.. can i create a business account and also use it to recieve this money??

    1. In theory, that should work.
      Be aware that you would be charged fees for every money you receive through a Business Account.

  16. Web4africa thanks for the many helpful informations here, but you know you can actually use a USA paypal account while in nigeria and this would save you alot of headache time and money, for example you can buy a USA or EU paypal from bitify user here (***removed***) and you would only need to use a VPN to access the account normally.

    1. We cannot endorse any activity that is against PayPal’s terms of service. Buying an existing account is one of them.

      Running an American PayPal account from Nigeria 🇳🇬 would offer more headaches – especially where the account is not in your name. The chances of the account being frozen eventually are very high. The money in the frozen account will be lost or nearly impossible to withdraw after they seize it for 6 months!

      VPN: they will eventually know you are using one. That’s a big red flag.
      More so, some merchants will actually block you from their website or block your payments when they detect a VPN. They might demand proof of your identification.

      Your suggestion, as well-intended as it may be, is not worth the trouble.

  17. Pls I want to know if I can send money to someone one who also has PayPal account,and secondly can I send from my bank account linked to PayPal and pay in other currency for example I want to send like $20 or £40 to other PayPal account is it possible.

    1. 1. Yes. You can send money to others.
      2. You can send money from your linked USA bank account (if any) or send through your linked debit card.

  18. I currently have a verified business account. Can I have my money withdrawn into my debit card? How and where will I collect the physical money?

  19. Please I work for a transcription company that only uses PayPal, and I have a PayPal account with a Nigerian GTBank debit Mastercard. How do I get the money to my Nigerian account from PayPal please? Is there any alternative means apart from the business account suggested above?

  20. Hello, how do I create a paypal business account? I tried but no where to change country to Nigeria. Please help

  21. The paypal company isn’t helping we in Nigeria. How can you have a paypal account and you can’t deposit money or withdraw money from your paypal account. If your paypal account isn’t linked with your Bank account, how can you do transactions, how can you make purchases.
    I think the PayPal company should be sincere to us as they do in other countries.

  22. Please I can not open the website it keep giving me this message “You don’t have permission to access this website” what can I do?

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