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Payoneer Has Officially Been Blocked In Lebanon

payoneer has been blocked in lebanon

Payoneer, a popular financial services company that provides online money transfer, and digital payment services, has officially been blocked in Lebanon. Earlier this month, users in Lebanon faced difficulties accessing the service from both the web interface, as well as the Payoneer mobile app.

For those who haven’t heard of Payoneer, it’s a quick and easy solution for receiving payments worldwide. With PayPal in Lebanon being nothing but a dream, Payoneer has been a popular alternative for freelancers and small online business owners to get paid for performing services or freelance work. Payoneer also gives users an alternative way to pay people directly without ever going through a third party payment service. Payoneer users can even order an ATM debit card, which can be used to make purchases and be used to withdraw the funds at any ATM machine that accepts Mastercard.

Accessing Payoneer’s website from within Lebanon will now show you a “this site can’t be reached” error page, or lead to the following page (depending on which ISP you’re with):

payoneer website blocked in lebanon

The message seen on the website roughly translates to “website blocked based on the order of the Lebanese judiciary”.

At the time of writing, Payoneer is still accessible over 4G on Lebanon’s mobile networks Touch and Alfa, but this will likely change over the next couple of days. The service is also accessible over a VPN, but withdrawing funds to Lebanese bank accounts doesn’t seem to be working. Some users have reported having issues paying invoices or making any kind of online payment using a Lebanese issued credit card.

Back in 2018, the Lebanese Government blocked the popular website building service, Wix, without any prior notice. The block drastically impacted thousands of local businesses leaving them with no online presence, and no way to do business online.

This Reddit thread was recently created where many Lebanese users discussed whether the Payoneer block in Lebanon was real or not.

Lebanese digital freelancers and online business owners are literally swimming against the stream to get their businesses to operate. Businesses making money through Google Adsense have also been hit hard. Adsense Revenues can either be withdrawn to a Lebanese bank account (but good luck withdrawing the money in USD), or through OMT where you’ll be paid the USD equivalent in Lebanese Liras at a rate of 2,600LL, roughly 16% lower than the current dollar rate (meaning you’ll be losing out on a lot of hard earned money).

Many Lebanese freelancers have made a decent living online, and depend on payment services like Payoneer to generate income through their work on platforms like Fiverr, Upwork, Shutterstock and others.

Do you run or manage a Payoneer-based business? How have you been impacted by this block as a freelancer? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below!

Amir H. Nasr Editor-in-Chief @TechGeek365.com Instagram: @amir_nasr Twitter: @AmirNasr

25 Comments

  1. John

    April 19, 2020 at 6:26 PM

    Why??? As a freelancer I rely a lot on Payoneer. Why Lebanon blocked Payoneer?
    What stupid decisions are those? is it cause we can’t withdraw USD from ATM in Lebanon so they blocked it to stop law suits against Lebanese government and banks?
    No PayPal, No Payonner. and wire transfer to Lebanese banks is pointless! then How to continue working?? what happens if in return Payoneer block Lebanon, what happen to users of Payoneer in Lebanon and their funds on the cards. did the government thought about this? real fucking country!!!

    • Doe

      April 20, 2020 at 12:36 PM

      They claim it’s because the founder is from Israel. I mean let’s block the entire Internet :)

      It’s really a shitty country. They’re trapping us in every possible way.

      • John

        April 22, 2020 at 12:08 PM

        well it is based in New York and it been active in Lebanon since many years. Israel excuse is silly (even the company origin is Israel but it is international company), it must be cause of the new banks regulations and not able to withdraw the funds from the ATMs in USD so the genius Lebanese government chose to fuck us all.

  2. Jad

    April 20, 2020 at 3:11 AM

    I think that is maybe a opportunity to maybe find a solution to help freelancers in Lebanon, calling all experts and entrepreneurs contact me and lets see if we can get something done ourselves.

  3. Sergio

    April 20, 2020 at 11:00 AM

    So getting paid online was my only hope of staying in this country because I own an e-commerce business that didn’t rely on a specific location, I was getting paid through Payoneer because PayPal is not supported here for whatever reason. Does anyone have any idea why in the hell did the government took that much of a stupid decision? Do freelancers have a little of hope left in working here?

  4. Diana

    April 20, 2020 at 6:07 PM

    I totally do not understand this!! I wanted to open the Payoneer account as I am starting an online job, and only PayPal or Payoneer is needed. Why would they do this? It is like you are not allowed to grow in this country, nor get an online job when your are jobless….
    On Reddit someone mentioned that it worked today using Ogero DSL. I am using IDM, still blocked, contacted IDM but still no reply? Is anyone using Ogero DSL? The link on Reddit is: https://www.reddit.com/r/lebanon/comments/g2xltb/payoneer_is_blocked_in_lebanon/

  5. Hasan Youness

    April 21, 2020 at 7:32 PM

    I can’t believe the dumb luck that we have. I’ve been planing for my amazon online business for about two months after I discovered that we can use Payoneer accounts get paid… and now this?!!!!!!

    the thing is that about half an hour ago Payoneer replied to me through messenger after I asked them if they accept withdrawals to Lebanese accounts.. and their answer was yes without mentioning anything about this blockage!!!!

    I don’t understand the situation anymore.

  6. John

    April 23, 2020 at 1:32 PM

    the Payoneer site is back online from Lebanon. block been removed. not sure how but thankfully the site opened today. does other users are able to access it too?

    • Diana

      April 24, 2020 at 4:24 PM

      I just tried after reading your post, I still cannot. I called IDM 2 days ago and they said it is blocked “amr min l kada2”. Meanwhile, people using Ogero are still able to open the website, never had a “blocked” issue.

      • John

        April 24, 2020 at 11:06 PM

        I am now able to access Payoneer site. Cyberia is my internet provider. Payoneer site was blocked for like one 5 days but then the block been removed. Not sure till when.

        • Diana

          April 26, 2020 at 10:59 PM

          Thank you. I am still not able to access the website. How can we know their decision? I am not understanding anything. Ogero and 4G never blocked, Cyberia blocked for 5 days, IDM still blocked…
          whom should we communicate with to know the current and future decisions about Payoneer in Lebanon?

          • John

            April 29, 2020 at 3:30 PM

            Hi Diana. Payonner still working for me after been blocked for few days. IDM still blocking it? if so, u can add VPN extension and the site will open. I hope in return Payoneer will not block Lebanon.

  7. Diana

    April 24, 2020 at 4:30 PM

    I just tried and it is still not working for me. I contacted IDM 2 days ago and they said that it is blocked “amr min l kada2”. Meanwhile, according to Reddit thread, Ogero users are able to use the website normally…

  8. Rana

    April 25, 2020 at 2:30 AM

    Question: The Payoneer MasterCard will still work outside of Lebanon right?

    & I’m still able to access the website..

    • John

      April 26, 2020 at 2:02 PM

      yes the Payoneer card still works to withdraw funds from ATMs outside of Lebanon and that how I am withdrawing the funds after ATMs stopped giving dollars. But if in return Payoneer chose to block Lebanon, then the card will stop and that is the problem. I hope Payoneer will not block Lebanon.

  9. Diana A.

    May 7, 2020 at 12:23 PM

    Let’s try do something about it!!
    I am a freelancer on upwork and I have been using payoneer a while now to get the money.
    Wtf is wrong with our government.
    I have money in my card!!! Seriously what are we going to do.
    My parents live outside Lebanon so I am planning to figure it out if they can get to my account.

    • Clara

      May 14, 2020 at 4:42 PM

      Hi Diana, I work on Upwork as well but I was wondering why didn’t you transfer the funds directly to your bank account?

  10. Ziad

    May 14, 2020 at 7:21 PM

    Hi Guys,
    Did someone manage to find a way to get cash USD using Payoneer Card in Lebanon.

  11. Jihad

    June 5, 2020 at 2:15 AM

    Hey Guys, I live in UAE And Originally from Jordan, was checking some reviews about Payoneer not because it’s blocked, just to see if it’s legit and found this article and gave it a quick read-including your comments. Very sad what you guys are going through, love Lebanon and it’s people and especially my trading teacher From Lebanon who helped make huge profits in the stock market, and this is exactly why I am writing you this.. he is based in Lebanon! his name is Taha Zein and he charges his students online, I am not sure how, but I pay him my monthly subscription normal on asctrader.com, so maybe you can check with him he’s a very nice guy.

    • Nermine

      June 13, 2020 at 12:54 AM

      Hey guys what’s the situation now?

  12. Nermine

    June 13, 2020 at 12:53 AM

    Hey guys what’s the situation now? Is it totally blocked or we just can’t get cash money from ATMs?

    • John

      July 16, 2020 at 1:11 AM

      I guess some internet providers blocked Payoneer and some did not. If you can’t load the Payoneer page you can use different APN. But you can now withdraw dollars from ATMs so it is useless card in Lebanon. but still you can use the card outside Lebanon to withdraw funds (which also seems complicated with Corona). man7ousin, shou ma na3mol.
      Kil wa7ad mado masari, yrou7 3and za3imo, bousoulo tizo w dalkoun sawtouloun. ma t3alamto w hayde el natiji.

      • John

        July 16, 2020 at 1:12 AM

        you can NOT withdraw dollars*

  13. Tala

    July 11, 2020 at 10:48 AM

    Hello how do you get a Payonner card from Lebanon? Thanks

    • John

      July 16, 2020 at 1:16 AM

      open account on Payoneer. u need to have some funds in your payoneer account before you can order a card (maybe $20) then you can request them to send you a card to your house. they will ask verification papers for the address you provided. card will take around 2 months to arrive and they do not charge you anything. you can ask them for DHL which is much faster way for a fees of $40.

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