Google Wallet Goes Live in Costa Rica

In Costa Rica, Google Wallet has been launched, giving users the ability to store and use their credit and debit cards, boarding passes, tickets, and other digital credentials on an Android NFC smartphone, a Wear OS smartwatch, or a Fitbit device.

Google Wallet Goes Live in Costa Rica


The tech giant has added Costa Rica to the list of countries where a digital wallet can be used for contactless payments in stores. Representatives of the company also said that this service supports Mastercard and Visa credit and debit cards issued by BAC Credomatic, Banco de Costa Rica, and Banco Promerica de Costa Rica.

Last July, Google Wallet was launched in 39 countries. This service, announced in May 2022, was represented as a replacement for Google Pay. The digital wallet has become available to residents of several dozen countries in Latin America, Asia, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East.

In August 2022, the tech giant launched the service in six more countries. Last November, the digital wallet was launched in Malaysia.

In Costa Rica, Apple Pay was launched in November 2021.

After the launch of Google Wallet, the tech giant continued to develop Google Pay as a companion application through which users can perform more payment-oriented actions, such as sending and receiving money from friends or companies, opening offers from favorite retailers, or managing their transactions.

The digital wallet is integrated with other Google apps and services.

In May 2022, the company also introduced virtual cards for online payments on Android and Chrome in the United States. When a customer uses autofill to enter their payment details when placing an order, digital cards will add a layer of security by replacing the actual card number with a separate virtual one. This automatic action algorithm eliminates the need to manually enter data such as CVV.

As we have reported earlier, Mastercard and Google Launch Google Pay in Kuwait.

Serhii Mikhailov

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Serhii’s track record of study and work spans six years at the Faculty of Philology and eight years in the media, during which he has developed a deep understanding of various aspects of the industry and honed his writing skills; his areas of expertise include fintech, payments, cryptocurrency, and financial services, and he is constantly keeping a close eye on the latest developments and innovations in these fields, as he believes that they will have a significant impact on the future direction of the economy as a whole.