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How to get Paypal in the Philippines

Sign up for Paypal in the Philippines!

Someone emailed me today asking some advice about Paypal. He wanted to ask how to sign-up for Paypal even if he’s in the Philippines.

Paypal will tell you — you can’t. Yuga will tell you — technically, you still can. I call it proxy registration.

If you have a relative or a friend who lives in a Paypal approved country. You can ask them to use your email account to sign-up with PayPal for you. They will also need to have a bank account to tie up the Paypal account and be verified.

Once application has been approved, usually a souple of days, you can now use that Paypal account to receive the send money to other Paypal account holders.


Please be reminded though not to use it right after registration as the IP addresses are being logged for authentication. In the first few weeks, ask your relative or friend to do the transactions for you.

After maybe a month or after several successful transactions thru Paypal, you may try logging in yourself. During login, you may get a warning that you are accessing Paypal from a country where it is not approved then you will be asked to verify or authenticate your account. It will ask for random information like your middle name or your US bank account number so be ready to have this information with you. If you cancel your login because you don’t have this information, your account me be flagged and eventually locked. Don’t use it too often, maybe just once a week. Let the system get used to you but not too much. It’s even better if you have a static IP so the system will at least remember you on that end.

The logic behind this is that you act as if you were in the US (or any Paypal approved country) when you signed-up for Paypal and then you just happen to visit the Philippines when you accessed your account. This is not a sure-fire alibi but at least you are consistent. There are other valid Paypal account holders who have had their account locked just because they accessed it from the Philippines.

And oh, if you are using Paypal just to received payments, do empty it or offload to the bank as often as you can (and you know why). Mind you, this is not a long-term solution but others get by (like me for example).

Forgot to tell you that this is not a legit method. It’s just a quick way around for you to get hold of a Paypal account.

Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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31 Responses

  1. noel says:

    to workaround the IP tracking thing, what I did was to use a proxy server to access our paypal account. The IP of the proxy is US so it works like a charm.

    Just make sure your access to the Proxy server is via HTTPS and the proxy also support HTTPS connection to paypal.

  2. kzap says:

    ya proxy your paypal info, that better be secure.

    if your paypal account is opened using US ips and such then you go and open it with a philippine IP there is a very good chance it will be locked and you will not be able to do much with it, to unlock it you might have to fax them some info like drivers license /passport etc, theyre very strict about foreign acccess and sometimes their system just bans you, like sometimes it doesnt like changing ips. Bottom line is its best if you open your own bank account in a paypal approved country then use it from here, that way your account is legit and you verify your account if paypal flags you. Oh I’ve heard they can freeze your bank account too.

  3. yuga says:

    As long as you trust the proxy server.

    What I used to do before was connect to a computer or server in the US which I have access to (via RDP) and login to Paypal from there.

  4. markku says:

    Yuga, I think your paypal advise might constitute TOS violations, at least from their point of view. But they should really start serving countries like the Philippines, we really need it, right? ;)

  5. yuga says:

    Ahh yes, Markku, forgot to put out a disclaimer.

  6. Allan says:

    For the mean time, i kasi wala pang paypal dito sa atin nakikisuyo muna ako sa myusmailbox.com to pay my ebay.com seller.

  7. tony says:

    i have sold over and over on various paypal accts. each one has limited access within weeks to provide id/utility/inventory etc. even once i have done this i am given my parting ways statement and money held for 180 days.

    what is their flag period for a new account? how do i overcome this?

  8. jossie says:

    That is something very dangerous to do. Paypal is very strict when it comes to account handlings. One complaint from a buyer or a seller and your account will forever be terminated. One reason why paypal does not allow Philippines to use their service is because of such illegal activity– fraud.

  9. PaypalGuy says:

    Very informative
    Thank you

  10. NoyPinoy says:

    Is there a paypal alternative for us in the Philippines?

  11. Cy Balgua says:

    Hi Noel!

    Here bloggers pro-Paypal will appreciate very much if you are able to post instructions (pref. the address of the proxy server you’re using) with that solution re: Paypal in-the-Philippines access thing.

    Kindly cc: me if possible:
    [email protected]

    Thanks in advance!

  12. Let’s lobby for PayPal in the Philippines.


  13. Pmac says:

    I like the concept of DaoPay (www.daopay.com). It lets you stay completley anonymous – which is very important in this world nowadays – and you can pay without credit card. And the best is that they don’t charge any fixed fees.

  14. uncvlized says:

    I have been a verified member on paypal for almost 5 years now. the one u said about you can log in every week is not true. they will still give you limited access and will ask you do many steps to restore your account, this happens when you try to withdraw your funds. i also have done all the stuffs they have told me. but to be sure i suggest dont use paypal in phil. unless you have a ip blocker that is only used by hackers. i suggest you just try other methods.

  15. Paypal is now available in the Philippines. This is good news for those who wants to pay products and services which can only be paid through Paypal.

    Paypal really opened the doors for the Philippines but there is a bad effect in our economy since it only allows sending money. All transactions is going out and money is leaving our country, our economy suffers. I would like to encourage everyone to visit http://digg.com/tech_news/Paypal_in_the_Philippines and let’s dig it to let the world know the effect of limitations in Philippine Paypal accounts.

  16. pinkdollmizzy says:

    How bout using Anonymous IP? para kunwari nasa US ka, pwede ba un? di ba nila mate-trace? Kasi namumulubi na tatay ko sa charge ng DHL pag nagpapadala sya ng allowance ko… :(

  17. Technqx says:

    Yeah Paypal is now available in the Philippines but you can only use it for shopping online, you won’t be able to receive funds if you’re selling on eBay. There is no definite time yet when are they going to make PayPal here fully functional (sending & receive).

    Wanna share it with you guys. After long research, I got a solutions and it’s guaranteed working cuz I got mine already.

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  18. Technqx says:

    Its guaranteed that you will be verified by PayPal allowing you to receive and send money.

    I haven’t been to the US yet and I was able to get a verified PayPal Account associating my US Bank Account.


    1. Open a US Bank Account (even you’re not from the US. Use your Philippine address, that’s cool.
    2. Open a US PayPal account – using any US address – don’t worry PayPal won’t verify your address – it’s the bank account that will be verified.
    3. Add your newly-opened US Bank Account to your US PayPal Account.
    4. PayPal will then deposit small amounts to that bank account ( that should appear on your bank transaction history within 2-3 days). You will have internet banking facilities with that account.
    5. Enter to your PayPal the exact amounts they have deposited to your bank.
    6. There you go. You are now a verified US PayPal account holder having the privileges of receiving and sending money online.

  19. Matt Ng says:


    I’ve just written and ebook “How to Withdraw Money from PayPal in Malaysia” and “How to Open FREE US Bank Account in Malaysia”.

    This ebook is free. As we in Malaysia also faces the same problem that you faced too, hence this ebook was born. All you need to do is just change your address and follow the instructions on my ebook.

    Please feel free to comment/ask questions on my page.


    Glad to help and good luck

    Matt Ng
    Internet Marketer

  20. 2007 2nd quarter gone but still no updates about full PayPal Philippines. Any good news out there?

  21. I have friends who were never banned for accessing their PayPal accounts outside of the country it was opened. They were not even asked for identities and confirmations.

    Regardless, moneybookers for me.

  22. Ramil says:

    It’s almost Dec. now but it seems that there’s no updates from PayPal.

  23. ces says:

    why is my paypal account status unverified? can i still withdraw and transfer my money in the phil. bank acccount?

  24. In my YM account are 100+ filipinas who either visit internet cafes’ or have “other” computer access. I’d like to pay them to work-at-home online for me, maybe updating my online store with the 1,300+ software plans and eBooks I sell. Most complain they are too poor to have a bank account or debit card or paypal so that I can pay promptly.

    Any free advice?

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  27. michael says:

    ., how can i get a paypal??

  28. fujsgbgi says:

    paulsmith ??? ??

  29. uwqsgwap says:

    paulsmith ?? ??

  30. Ripley Believeitornot says:

    You can get a paypal account thru BDO for only 100 pesos, my brother has one and told me that we can get paypal account in the phils. now I have one.

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