Send Money to Mauritius Cheaply

Information verified correct on December 10th, 2016

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Shop around and save money when you need to send an international transfer from Australia to Mauritius.

The island nation of Mauritius is found in the Indian Ocean, famous for its spectacular beaches, reefs and snorkelling. It’s a popular destination for Australian tourists while, on the flipside, more than 28,000 Australians of Mauritian descent.

These links between the two countries mean there are plenty of companies willing to help if you need to send money from Australia to Mauritius. Before you choose just one provider, however, it’s important to compare your options and search for the most affordable one.

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Banks versus money transfer companies

In most cases, sending an international money transfer via your bank is not a great idea. Banks charge high fees and offer some quite dismal exchange rates on overseas transfers, which can all add up to a significant expense for you.

A much better option is to compare the features and services offered by specialist money transfer companies. These providers are experts when it comes to moving money internationally, providing fast, easy and affordable online transfers. They usually offer much better exchange rates and lower fees than the banks, so they present a much more cost-effective option when you need to send money to Mauritius.

Case Study: Graham Sends Money to Mauritius

Graham’s daughter Maddy is on a holiday in Mauritius when her passport and all her cash is stolen from her handbag. She calls her dad in Australia and begs him to send her $1,000 to help fund the rest of the holiday. Graham is happy to help his daughter out, but he quickly discovers that sending the funds via his major Australian bank will cost him dearly. He decides to investigate the services of a specialist money transfer company to see if he can find a cheaper solution.

As the table shows, Graham can send an extra 722 MUR to this daughter using a specialist money transfer company and also save $15 in transfer fees.

BankMoney transfer company
Exchange rate1 AUD = 24.080 MUR1 AUD = 24.802 MUR
Transfer fee$20$5
Transfer methodWire transferOnline bank account transfer
Processing time1-3 days1-3 days
Amount received (in MUR)24,080 MUR24,802.00 MUR
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How do I compare transfer companies when transferring and receiving money via Mauritius?

  • Exchange rates. Finding the best exchange rate is crucial to ensuring an affordable transfer. However, make sure that a company with high exchange rates doesn’t also charge high transfer fees.
  • Transaction fees. You will usually need to pay a transfer fee on each transaction, with fees ranging from a few dollars up to $60 or $70. Some companies will also waive fees on large transactions.
  • Transfer methods. Consider the methods by which each company allows you to place transfers: online, over the phone, via a mobile app and/or in branch.
  • Flexible options. Does the provider offer limit orders and forward contracts to help you lock in the exchange rate you want? Can you schedule recurring payments in advance?
  • Turnaround time. Compare the time it will take each company to process a transfer to Mauritius. Some companies offer much quicker transfers than others, but in many cases you’ll have to pay extra for urgent transfers.
  • Minimum transfer amounts. Keep an eye out for any minimum or maximum limits that apply to all transactions. There may also be a maximum monthly transfer limit to consider, so make sure this won’t be too restrictive for your purposes.
  • Pickup options. Some companies send bank account transfers only while others will allow your recipient to pick up the cash you send from their nearest branch.
  • Customer service. Friendly and efficient customer service is essential if you ever have a problem with a transfer.
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How do I send money to Mauritius from Australia?

  • Money transfer providers. Specialist online transfer companies offer quick and cost-effective transfers all around the world.
  • Cash pickup transfer providers. Western Union and MoneyGram are two providers that offer this convenient service.
  • Bank transfers. Ask your bank about the costs involved in sending an international money transfer to Mauritius.
  • International guaranteed cheques. Another option is to obtain an international guaranteed cheque from your bank for your recipient to deposit into their Mauritian bank account.
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How do I receive money from Mauritius in Australia?

  • Money transfer providers. Dedicated money transfer companies can also help you send secure online transfers from Mauritius to Australia.
  • Cash pickup transfer providers. If you want the convenience of fast transfers and cash pickup, this option may suit.
  • Bank transfers. Transfers between banks are a secure but potentially expensive option.
  • International guaranteed cheques. Be wary of any fees your bank charges when you cash an international cheque.
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Emergency cash transfers in Mauritius

If you ever need to send an emergency cash transfer to a loved one in Mauritius, there are plenty of transfer companies that can help. However, urgent transfers usually cost more thanks to low exchange rates and high fees, so you need to be aware just how good (or bad) a deal you’re getting before you commit your funds. Read the fine print closely to make sure you know all the details of your transaction and how much it will cost.

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Cash pickup locations in Mauritius/ Western Union / MoneyGram branches in Mauritius

Western Union and MoneyGram are the two largest international money transfer companies in the world. The details of some of their locations in Mauritius are listed below, but make sure your beneficiary takes along photo ID and a transaction reference number when they visit a branch to collect their funds.

Western Union

Port Louis

  • State Bank of Mauritius
    State Bank Tower. Elizabeth Avenue
    Port Louis
    +230-202-3600
    Open 9am to 3:15pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4pm Friday
  • British American Exchange Co. Ltd
    26, Sir William Newton St Port Louis, Mauritius
    +230-2023600
    Open 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 12:30pm Saturday and Sunday

Curepipe

  • British American Exchange Co. Ltd
    British American Insurance Co.-cro
    Bldg 217 Corner Royal Road And Barry Street Curepipe,
    +230-670-1600
    Open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 12pm Saturday and Sunday
  • State Bank of Mauritius
    John Kennedy Avenue Vacoas, Mauritius
    +230-6965807
    Open 9am to 3:15pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4pm Friday

MoneyGram

Port Louis

  • MCB
    Edith Cavell St
    Port Louis
    2107460
    Open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 7am to 2pm Saturday
  • MCB
    Jules Koenig St
    Port Louis
    2107680
    Open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 7am to 2pm Saturday

Curepipe

  • MCB
    Royal Road
    Curepipe
    6021700
    Open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 7am to 2pm Saturday, 7am to 4pm Sunday
  • Bank One Limited
    Lake Point Curepipe
    Curepipe
    6752300
    Open 8:45am to 3:45pm Monday to Thursday, 8:45am to 4pm Friday
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Tips for picking up cash in Mauritius

Although Mauritius is a safe destination for Australian travellers – tourists need to exercise normal safety precautions only, according to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – you should still use common sense when collecting funds. Take a friend along for extra protection and only visit a cash pickup branch in a safe area. Don’t flash any of your cash around in public and make sure that you deposit it in a safe place as soon as you can.

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What are the steps to send money to Mauritius?

The money transfer method will differ depending on the provider you choose, but in most cases you’ll need to follow these few simple steps:

  1. Sign up for an account. Signing up is usually free and you will need to provide your name, contact details and proof of ID.
  2. Enter transaction details. You’ll need to provide a range of information including your transfer currency, amount and destination as well as the details of the person who will receive the funds.
  3. Finalise your transfer. Review your transaction details and pay for your transfer, making sure to keep any reference number you receive so you can track your transfer.
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