Send Money to Lebanon Cheaply

Information verified correct on December 10th, 2016

Avoid poor exchange rates and high fees when sending money to Lebanon

For decades, Australia has been supportive of economic and trade growth in Lebanon, supplying assistance when needed to help the nation maintain its independence. Trade is strong between the nations with $54 million Australian Dollars (AUD) in merchandise like beef, wheat and vegetable being exported to Lebanon in 2013. That same year Lebanon shipped $13 million AUD in products like fruits and vegetables to Australia.

In addition to trade, there is a strong social connection between the nations with over 76,000 Lebanese expats calling Australia home in 2013 and an estimated 200,000 of Lebanese ancestry. This high level of immigration and busy trade market make it important to find solutions for transferring money from Australia to Lebanon.

Send and receive money from Lebanon using one of the services below

Rates last updated December 10th, 2016
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Western Union International Money Transfers
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Case study: Elias’ family transfers

Born and raised in Beirut, Elias was approached by an Australian export company to assist in their Sydney headquarters with shipments to Lebanon.

Elias is excited for the opportunity but concerned about his parents who rely on his salary for their expenses. He decides to first do some research to see what types of services are available for sending money from Australia to Lebanon and how much $1,000 AUD will convert to in Lebanese Pounds (LBP).

BankMoney transfer company
Exchange rate1 AUD = 1108.99 LBP1 AUD = 1222.40 LBP
Cost per transfer$22 AUD if initiated online. $30 AUD if you use a branch.$25 AUD
Amount received in LBP1108990.001222400.04
Transfer time2 to 5 business daysWithin minutes
Pick up optionsBank to bank transferCash pick up – there’s also an option to have the money exchanged to the US Dollar
Difference+113410.04 LBP

Elias was surprised at the difference in the amount of money his parents would receive when using a money transfer company over a bank. While the fees charged were close to equal, there was a marked difference in the exchange rates.

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How do I compare transfer companies when transferring money to Lebanon?

There are a number of fees and features that should be considered when transferring money from Australia to Lebanon as you can see from Elias’ investigation. To ensure that you are getting the service you need for a competitive price compare the following:

  • The exchange rate. The exchange rate lets you know the equivalent of the Australian dollar to your home currency. As this often appears to differ in fractions of a cent, it’s important to compare it using a larger sum of money.
  • The fees. Fees will vary for the service and will sometimes change with the same company based on the amount of money you are sending.
  • Pick up methods. You will notice that while some companies offer a cash pick up, you may also be able to make a direct bank deposit.
  • Turnaround time for the money transfer. In some cases the transfer will be almost instantaneous while a bank transfer may take up to five business days to complete.
  • Transfer amount. If you intend on sending smaller amounts of money, check for a minimum transfer amount.
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How do I send money to Lebanon from Australia?

Lebanese pounds are considered to be an exotic currency which deters some Australian banks from making transfers to Lebanon. You still may be able to have the AUD sent to a bank account in Lebanon where it will then be converted.

As a result, a money transfer service may be the most convenient option. Below are listed some institutions in Australia that allow for transfers of money to Lebanon:

  • Commonwealth Bank. Commonwealth Bank does conduct money transfers to Lebanon. You will have to be an account holder to take advantage of this service.
  • MoneyGram. MoneyGram can be accessed online or at agents throughout Australia to send money to Lebanon.
  • Xpressmoney. This money transfer service provider allows for cash pick ups in Lebanon at a number of agencies.
  • Western Union. You are able to send money to Lebanon with Western Union provided you complete the transaction at an agency as opposed to online.
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Emergency cash transfers in Lebanon

If you are travelling in Lebanon and lose your cash or wallet, you may be able to obtain emergency cash using one of these methods:

  • Cash pick up with a transfer company. So long as you have a photo identification you can have money sent to you in Lebanon using a money transfer service provider.
  • Credit card provider. If your credit card is also lost, the provider may send you a small amount of emergency cash until a replacement card reaches your destination.
  • Travel insurance. A travel insurance plan obtained before your trip may have provisions to send you cash in the event of an emergency. Make sure you file and save a copy of a police report to use in your claim.
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Cash pick up locations in Lebanon

Listed below are a number of locations in Lebanon where you can make your cash pick up. Make sure to bring your passport and the transfer reference number in order to receive your funds.

Western Union

  • Beirut

    4 G

    Choumar Bldg Haret Hreik

    Haret Hreik

    Beirut, Beirut

    +9613343754

    Open Seven days a week from 8am to 10pm

  • AA Group

    El Masri Bldg Bir Hasan

    Bir Hasan

    Beirut, Beirut

    +96170222227

    Open Seven days a week from 8am to 10pm

  • Tripoli

    BLC Bank SAL

    Mina

    Tripoli, Tripoli

    +9611391000

    Open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 1pm. Saturday 8:30am to 12pm.

  • Cell House

    Tripoli

    El Mina

    Tripoli

    +9616211300

    Open Seven days a week from 8am to 9pm.

MoneyGram

  • Beirut

    Cash United Steve Cell 2

    Seydnaya Strrayan Bldggr Fl

    Near Supermarket Youssef

    Beirut Moussaitbeh

    1390111

    Open seven days a week from 9am to 9pm.

  • MME Labo Color

    Borj Abi Haidar

    Coop Street

    Beirut Moussaitbeh

    1260000

    Open seven days a week from 7am to 11:55pm.

  • Tripoli

    Cash United Library Dannawi

    Abi Samra Helweh Str Marjet Zouhour Sq Gr Fl

    Near Dream Café

    Tripoli

    Phone. 01390111

    Open Monday through Saturday 10am to 9pm.

  • MME Maarad Tripoli Branch 2

    Dam and Farez Area

    Near Sahseh Café

    Tripoli

    Phone. 1260000

    Open seven days a week from 8am to 11pm.

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Tips for picking up cash in Lebanon

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) does not recommend that Australian tourists take a holiday in Lebanon. If you are visiting Lebanon and need to pick up cash at an agency, secure reliable transportation with a trusted individual to accompany you.

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How to send money to Lebanon

As your options for sending money to Lebanon from Australia are mostly cash transfer service companies, it is important that you and the recipient are prepared with the following:

  • Full name. The full name of the beneficiary listed on their photo identification should match exactly with the name listed on the transfer order.
  • Reference number. You will be given a unique reference number at the conclusion of the transaction. This number must be given to the pick up agent by your beneficiary along with their identification.
  • Your name. For verification the agent may ask for the recipient to give your name and location.
  • Transfer amount. The amount of money sent will also be verified by the pick up agent.

Save the paperwork that is given to you at the end of the transaction. This will serve as your proof in the event that there is a dispute with the transfer company.

When looking at ways to send money to friends and family in Lebanon from Australia it is important that you compare the available options carefully. There are distinct differences in fees and rates which will affect the amount of money that arrives at the agency in Lebanon.

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