I just came back from Bank of China where I asked for a VISA card.
They told me that as a foreigner the following requirements needs to be forfilled for me to get a Visa card:
- I need to have stayed in Beijing for at least 6 month.
- I need to document that I`m employed
- I need to own a house in Beijing(!!)
I refused to believe that this is true, but still after several followup questions to make sure there were no misunderstandings. I also showed them my Norwegian Visa card to make sure that they understood what I wanted. But they still claimed that the above IS the requirements to get a Visa card.
So I asked them what is the requirements for a Chinese to get a Visa card. I told them that then I could just ask a chinese friend to setup an account where I just transfer small amounts of money to his account to use the card to pay for online services etc.
But then they told me that a Chinese can only have a Visa card by depositing 50,000 RMB into that same account.
wtf? is any of what I`ve been told today true?