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Gov’t Asked to Allow Foreigners to Pay Immigration Fees by Credit Card

Gov’t Asked to Allow Foreigners to Pay Immigration Fees by Credit Card

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — A government civil rights watchdog said Thursday it has asked the Ministry of Justice to allow foreigners staying in South Korea to use their credit cards to pay immigration fees. According to the Anti-Corruption & Civil Rights Commission, foreigners are currently required to pay fees related to immigration and [...]

Credit Card Companies Allowed to Use Mobile Messengers for Customer Notices

Credit Card Companies Allowed to Use Mobile Messengers for Customer Notices

SEOUL, Dec. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Credit card companies will be able to use mobile messengers to send payment notices to their customers, a measure that could save them up to 3 billion won (US$2.66 million) a year, officials said Thursday. Credit card firms have been using text messaging service to notify clients of card [...]

INVEX Partners with Ondot to Launch the First Instant Digital Card in México

INVEX Partners with Ondot to Launch the First Instant Digital Card in México

Santa Clara, California and Mexico City, Mexico, Oct. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — INVEX (BMV: INVEX A) Credit Card business, the only monoliner specializing in payments and cobranded cards, with focus on 100% digital customer experience in Mexico, has partnered with Ondot, the global leader in mobile payments services, to deliver full card life-cycle management associated [...]

Cashless Economy Encroaches on Everyday Life

Cashless Economy Encroaches on Everyday Life

SEOUL, Oct. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — On an ordinary weekday in downtown Seoul a middle-aged woman walks into a Starbucks to order a cup of coffee. When she takes some paper bills out of her purse to pay the cashier, he politely refuses them and points to a notice at the entrance. “This store doesn’t [...]

Interchange Fees Stifling Small Business

Interchange Fees Stifling Small Business

SEOUL, Oct. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — Merchants in North Jeolla Province are struggling under the burden of interchange fees, according to a recent survey conducted by the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions (KCTU). Queried on the business expense that needs to be addressed most urgently, 59.3 percent of the respondents chose interchange fees. That is [...]

Credit Card Companies Pay Close Attention to the Launch of “Seoul Pay”

Credit Card Companies Pay Close Attention to the Launch of “Seoul Pay”

SEOUL, Jul. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Credit card companies are on high alert after the launch of a new payment system by the city of Seoul that allows small business owners and their customers to make monetary transactions without any fees. Yesterday, the Seoul Metropolitan Government announced the launch of “Seoul Pay,” a zero transaction [...]

Over 10 Million South Koreans Swipe Credit Cards Overseas

Over 10 Million South Koreans Swipe Credit Cards Overseas

SEJONG, Oct. 2 (Korea Bizwire) – More than 10 million South Koreans swiped their credit cards in foreign countries in 2016 on a sharp rise in overseas travelers, a report showed Monday. A total of 10.79 million people made overseas purchases worth 16.35 trillion won through credit cards in 2016, up from 9.19 million a [...]

Credit Card Companies to Roll Out Modifications to Enable “Going Dutch”

Credit Card Companies to Roll Out Modifications to Enable “Going Dutch”

SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Korea Bizwire) – After holding talks with CEOs of credit card companies in July and August, the Financial Services Commission (FSC) publicly disclosed that modifications to payment processing procedures will be implemented. One of the key points of the announced modifications is a system that will allow groups of restaurant-goers to split [...]

Mobile Credit Card Increases by 41 Percent in First Half of the Year

Mobile Credit Card Increases by 41 Percent in First Half of the Year

SEOUL, Sept. 5 (Korea Bizwire) — Daily credit card spending in South Korea hit a record high in the first half of this year, data showed Tuesday, in the latest sign that plastic has become one of the most favored tools for payment. The amount of transactions processed through credit cards came to 1.76 trillion won (US$1.5 billion) a day [...]