Santander is getting ready for the launch of Apple Pay as customers can register their bank cards with the Apple Pay service in preparation for its launch in the UK later this month.
The current process is a bit of a workaround as it requires the user to set their country to US, add the card and then return to UK at which point the card will remain in the users passbook and is available for use at any contactless terminal.
It has not yet been announced when Apple Pay will be available in the UK however at WWDC apple did say that it would be available during July 2015.
Update: One Santander customer who activated his card for use with Apple Pay was able to use it at a McDonald’s to make a purchase.
Update 2: Santander has emailed customers who were able to add their cards letting them know the Apple Pay service is not yet available for use and removed it from their devices.