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Transferring Money from PayPal to Any South African Bank


Encountering hurdles when trying to transfer money from PayPal because you don’t have an FNB account? Many are unaware that the majority of South African banks like Absa, Standard Bank, Nedbank, and Capitec do not facilitate a direct PayPal to bank account link. The question that arises, therefore, is how to navigate around this issue.

The answer lies in setting up an online banking profile with a non-FNB (First National Bank) bank. After linking it to your PayPal account, you can smoothly transfer funds from your PayPal account into any South African bank account using the FNB online banking profile. The banks that this arrangement caters to include ABSA, Nedbank, among others.

Customers of major banks such as ABSA, Standard Bank, Nedbank, Capitec, and others need to establish a non-FNB online banking profile. This comprehensive tutorial provides an easy-to-understand, step-by-step process.

PayPal: A Trusted and Convenient Global Payment Solution

PayPal is a global leader in digital payments, boasting partnerships with over 377 million customers across more than 200 markets. As a trusted brand, it provides a secure, simple way for people and businesses to send and receive money online.

Collaboration Between FNB and PayPal

For over a decade, since 2010, FNB and PayPal have collaborated to bring a convenient solution to South Africans.

This collaboration enables users to seamlessly transfer their PayPal funds into a South African bank account, thereby fostering global market participation.

Getting started with this service is simple: all you need to do is open a PayPal account, register for the FNB Online Banking profile, and then you can transfer money to any South African bank account. Additionally, you can top-up your PayPal account using your FNB bank account, unlocking shopping opportunities worldwide.

FNB’s Top-up Service with PayPal: An Overview

This unique service allows you to transfer funds from your eligible FNB ZAR account to your linked PayPal account. Whether you want to shop online or make payments with PayPal, this service enhances your digital payment options.

Exclusive to FNB customers, a top-up typically reflects in your PayPal account in less than 10 minutes, ensuring speedy transactions.

FNB’s Withdraw Service with PayPal: Detailed Explanation

This feature enables you to withdraw funds received in your PayPal account to your FNB or any linked South African bank account. To utilize this service, you need to have an FNB Online Banking profile.

Don’t worry if you don’t bank with FNB; you can create a free FNB Online Banking profile and link your PayPal account to your South African bank account. The processing time for a withdrawal from a PayPal account to reflect in your linked South African bank account is between 3 to 5 business days.

Four Simple Steps to Set up Your PayPal Account

1. Creating and Verifying Your PayPal Account

First, navigate to www.paypal.com/za and select ‘Sign Up’. After filling out the necessary information to set up your account, confirm your email address. To verify your account, link a debit or credit card to your PayPal account.

PayPal will charge a small fee to the card for verification purposes, which will be refunded later. Following this, a four-digit code will be sent via the transaction reference on your bank statement. Input this code on the PayPal website to verify your account.

2. Registering for a Free FNB Online Banking Profile

Register by selecting ‘Register’ on the FNB homepage. It is important to note that you do not need an FNB bank account to register for an online banking profile.

3. Linking Your PayPal Account

After logging into your FNB Online Banking or the FNB APP, link your verified PayPal account. During the process, you will have the option to add a non-FNB bank account for withdrawal purposes.

4. Transacting

With these steps completed, you’re all set to add funds from your FNB account to your PayPal account for online payments or receive payments into your PayPal account and withdraw funds to your linked South African bank account. All these transactions can be conducted via FNB Online Banking or the FNB APP. Each transaction requires a separate Balance of Payment (BoP) code.

Keep in mind that because these transactions involve cross-border payment, you must comply with South African Reserve Bank regulations. Be ready to provide supporting documents if requested by the South African Reserve Bank, as all top-up and withdrawal transactions are reported to them.

PayPal Eligibility Criteria

Before using PayPal in South Africa, ensure you have:

  • FNB Online Banking
  • A qualifying South African bank account
  • A verified South African PayPal account
  • A linkage of your PayPal to your South African bank account through FNB Online Banking or the FNB APP

All users should comply with South African Reserve Bank regulations regarding cross-border payments. This comprehensive guide should provide a roadmap to navigating the sometimes complex task of transferring money from PayPal to a South African bank account. Remember to check the specific requirements and procedures of your bank.