Apple Pay has expanded to two new regions today. Now customers in Saudi Arabia and Czech Republic can use the service. The expansion represents Apple Pay’s 33rd and 34th regions in which the tap-to-pay service can be used.
In both countries, there are a good number of prominent banks that are supporting the service. In Saudi Arabia Saudi Payments Network (MADA), Alinma Bank, Al Rajhi Bank, Bank Aljazira, the National Commercial Bank, and Riyad Bank all support the service while in Czech Republic Air Bank, Ceska sporitelna, MONETA Money Bank and Twisto support it. If you are a customer of one of those banks, you can add your supported credit or debit card to your Apple Wallet and use Apple Pay at retailers who support it.
Rumors of Pay coming to both countries had been flying the past week or so but until today, both remained on the “Coming Soon” list according to Apple. Slovenia and Slovakia have both been rumored to launch support for the service this week as well but were not as of the time of this writing. It is not unheard of for Apple to launch the service in multiple regions on the same day. It is possible that later this week we will see Slovenia and Slovakia added to the supporting countries.
Apple Pay launched in the United States in October 2014 had quickly expanded to other countries, mostly English speaking countries at first. The global expansion, especially in Europe, has been going strong, particularly in the past two years. To see a full list of participating countries, head to this link over at the Apple site.