The Chinese embassy in New Zealand has added support to accept multiple UnionPay payment methods.

The move will enable the Chinese citizens to pay all consular service charges at the embassy using their UnionPay cards and UnionPay QR code payment facility.

Additionally, the embassy will support UnionPay contactless payment and QuickPass payments.

All payments made through UnionPay require no currency conversion, thereby facilitating the overall efficiency at the embassy.

Following the latest addition, UnionPay payment methods are now accepted by Chinese embassies and consulates across 37 countries. It includes Chinese embassies and offices in Russia, Australia, Malaysia and Switzerland.

The step is expected to benefit the Chinese tourists and students visiting New Zealand. It will also help Chinese citizens who have no local bank cards.

According to UnionPay, China is the second largest tourist source country in this Oceanic nation.

In New Zealand, more than 60,000 merchants accept UnionPay payments. Furthermore, around 80% of the local ATMs support UnionPay cards and around 22,000 POS terminals support UnionPay mobile QuickPass.

Earlier, UnionPay International collaborated with the New Zealand Immigration Service to introduce express service for UnionPay Platinum cardholders.

These UnionPay Platinum cardholders can apply for New Zealand visa without submitting financial certificates.

Recently, UnionPay announced plans to issue debit and credit cards in Europe. The company partnered with UK-based back-office technology start-up Tribe Payments for the initiative.