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Online Payments Zanzibar

Zanzibar’s Online Payments Market

Zanzibar has a population of approximately 1.3 million people, many of them are mobile phone subscribers who use mobile payments. The online payment revolution in Zanzibar, like in all of Africa, must include a mobile payment option.


Online Payments: Mobile Providers and Banks

In Zanzibar, Direct Pay Online is the leader of online payment and mobile payment processing because of our safe, reliable and secure credit card processing platform that enables customers to shop online and pay in real-time using mobile money, bank transfers, or credit cards.

Direct Pay Online works with the following mobile providers:

  1. Zantel
  2. Tigo
  3. Airtel Money

The leading banks in Zanzibar:

  1. PBZ
  2. CRDB
  3. Diamond Trust Bank



  1. Travel
  2. Hospitality
  3. Airlines
  4. Internet Service Providers
  5. More…


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Regulation of Online Payments in Zanzibar

Zanzibar, as well as Tanzania as a whole, is in a great position for online payments. Governments have not imposed regulations limiting online payments in the country. Currently, businesses in Zanzibar that accept online payments must comply only with the regulations set forth by the credit card companies themselves.


Travel Associations

The travel industry will greatly benefit from online payments (and especially mobile payments) in Zanzibar. The following travel associations can offer guidance for online merchants

  1. Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors (ZATI)
  2. Zanzibar Commission for Tourism

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