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Recently I had a need to open up a PayPal account. So popped open a browser and surfed off to www.paypal.com, the sign up form over there doesn’t have Sri Lanka in its drop down list, so I hopped over to this page which shows you for which countries Paypal accounts are available for, and as you might have guessed no Sri Lanka.

Well I don’t think its PayPal’s fault; I feel has more to do with the state of IT in the country/banks in the country.

Oh well what to do, just fuss about it for a couple of days and then forget it.

Posted on Thursday, November 4, 2004 1:25 PM Others | Back to top


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This bloody country does not have anything. I contacted paypal sometime back and they said that giving us the Paypal facility ( Sri Lanka ) is not possible due to legal/statutary problems. So it is not the banks fault, but the uneducated brainless donkeys in the government departments. They do not rialize how many online job opportunities we miss due to this reason.
Left by ran on Mar 20, 2005 10:20 AM

# Man This SUCKS!
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This is like so freaking sad! I really could use a paypal account! I 1st tried to sign up to paypal some time ago but no luck coz it didn't had SL on the list. So I thought, "Hmm may be they will add sri lanka later". But now after reading about the "legal issues" ran wrote, I guess now there’s no option but to risk the old credit card online. I love my country but in times like theses its jst so freaking frustrating! Its true there’s so much money to be made online with home businesses online using paypal. The SL Gov should know better! e-srilanka? my ass!
Left by Ranmal on Mar 20, 2005 11:00 AM

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I klick on the paypal link for sign up and it doesent come anything, is the link broke under construction, the whole paypal site doesent work, and I really need a paypal account!!
Left by =) on Apr 07, 2005 10:17 AM

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its really a bloody country... v r getting bored, the government is focusing on building lakes & cultivating farms. they r going back to the stone age. v wont get paypal forever. better to leave the country.
Left by enternow on May 18, 2005 7:44 AM

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Its so sad.... i whet through dozens and dozens of pages on the paypal.com till i realized its not available for sri lankans.... Heart Breaking Really!!!!!
Left by milly on Jun 10, 2005 8:18 AM

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Shall we kick the Minister for Science and IT's ASS? HAHAH :)



Left by Mamshard on Jun 30, 2005 5:22 PM

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Yes. I also have the same problem.
The country is being destroyed by the brainless, heartless ugly politicians. Can't we change the country??
Left by Sundaresan on Oct 08, 2005 1:17 PM

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hey u ppl, why u curse ur country? Even indonesia is not in the list. U ppl only know to blam the country...
Left by doggy on Feb 21, 2006 1:56 AM

# ppl the country sucks what else?
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Ok ppl i posted a comment before and its not up yet. so irepeat. ofcours its the fault of the country if there is no facility in sri lanka. The bloody countrie's purpose is to keep us happy. so Doggy!!! just back off and stop talkin crap. I guess u are one of the rich guys who are all poshed over. ppl... anyone cares about indonesia? damnt it men... we are all better than indonesia...!!! bt anywayz... u know what! sri lanka sucks and no wonder there are suckers and ass in the governemtn. the good ones just left the country. like anyone would actually live in a country like this? bah!
Left by anon on Mar 14, 2006 2:39 PM

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you rock anon!!! u spoke the truth. paypal is a gift to people. Sri Lanka is still living in the stone ages. they are still trying to figure out what banking is in the first place. so what to talk about... paypal and online banking!!! gods... they want all the money in the banks. and u know the good thing about paypal? u dont have to pay $500 to get a bloody account. and everyone cannot afford a credit card for god's sake. gosh... i guess by not bringing the paypal system... the government is profitting from the banks. Yeesh!!! only if ppl like us get together and do something about this.. will this injustice be over with. sri lanks sucks!!! :@:@:2
Left by charmy on Mar 14, 2006 2:43 PM

# hey charmy
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how one earth can we get together and... bring paypal? lol. i can imagine. sri lanka is not a free country honey and things just dont work our way. We just have to accept it and live our lives. *sigh*
Left by kanchana on Mar 14, 2006 2:49 PM

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what the **** do u mean that we have to accept and live? damn it. we pay taxes and all that crap just to accept the crap the govenrment says?i dont think so. and one more important thing. Our banks in sri lanka like the commercual and all those... are profitting very nicely here. I dont think they would encourage paypal to come. Sri Lanka depends of Ceylinco bank ppl. i know as much as it sounds corny... if ceylinco falls... sri lanka falls. its that simple. i dont think ceylinco will come forward to bring paypal. whatever i hope u all get the picture. paypal is not going to come and thats for sure.
Left by anon1 on Mar 14, 2006 2:53 PM

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ok ppl...dont keep saying that paypal is not going to come!!! cos i want it to come. maybe the governemtn will change and some good things will happen soon. bt hell how the hell should we survive without... paypal. credit card sucks and its too expensive.
Left by nirmala on Mar 14, 2006 2:56 PM

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nirmala: yeah baby... dream on. maybe paypal will come in your dreams. lol. cos im sure and sure as i can be. paypal is not going to come. how the hell can it come as long as there are asses in the governement? so accept it. as much as we want paypal and a few other good things, sri lanka sucks too much for any of this to happen.
Left by anon on Mar 14, 2006 2:58 PM

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I guess a lot of people commenting on this post have captured my thoughts better than I could.

Truth be told its really depressing, this country will not be able to enter into the online commerce arena until there is a payment scheme for those stores that the general masses on the internet knows is safe and trusts (which right now across the globe is Paypal). And right now we dont have it and doesnt look like there is anyting thats going to be done about it.

If anybody wants to start an initiative to stimulate some action in this regard I am interested to hear more.

- Tariq
Left by Tariq on Mar 14, 2006 10:56 PM

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Guys - Just concentrate on how u can get the money down to SL! - India Has Paypal - there are Indian banks in SL - can't we open accounts in India and transfer it here (after an initial PayPal transfer to India)?
Left by TK on Mar 24, 2006 7:02 PM

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I also came across the same problem....
we got to find some other way if we cant get paypal.
Check what this guy has done
www.walkwithjith.com/htm/PaymentMethods.htm

seems not very much practical as paypal but some what acceptable.
Left by rav on Mar 29, 2006 12:41 AM

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In response to TK, why Indian banks, wont HSBC do, - but then again doesnt that constitute as fraud?
Left by Tariq on Mar 31, 2006 9:20 AM

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hey guys... do u know a place like ebay or Amazon to buy stuff without using paypal.....
Left by Hiran on Jun 09, 2006 10:12 AM

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Hi guys
We are a uk based design company and have a lot of freelancers working for us from all over the world. Many of you have the same problem regarding PayPal. We are thinking of maybe setting up a UK bank account and PayPal account so that freelancers can have their payments made to that address. Once a month we would make bank transfers to you so you could get that money. We just need to guage the level of interest first so please let me know if this service would be use.
Thanks
lee
lee@duffman.co.uk
Left by Lee on Oct 20, 2006 12:59 PM

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i really get fed up waitin years to see that we could get paypal in our mother land lanka.
Left by bro on Aug 09, 2007 11:34 PM

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Hon President Mahinda Rajapaksha(HPMR)please
Allow sri lanka to get paypal facility
so we can earn money for sri lanka,
So HPMR please grant Pay Pal
cheers
Left by Sri lanka Sad on Jul 27, 2008 11:03 PM

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Kick...Kick...Kick...That was 3 e-kicks on the Sri Lankan law-maker's balls.
If the government can't create new jobs at least the people shoud create their own jobs. The internet is a level playing field and it is up to the law makers to facilitate its people to exploite this. Thru proper and easy payment gateways many new web based business can be launched. Give us a chance you bastards!
Left by Maskara on Mar 14, 2009 7:07 PM

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