Tips to Help You Send Money to Mozambique Better

Mozambique

A guide on sending money to Mozambique the easy way.

Few Canadian banks allow money transfers to Mozambique. The ones that do generally charge high fees, offer poor exchange rates and take a few days to transfer the funds.

In recent years, specialist money transfer services have emerged on the market. These companies specialize in sending large sums of money overseas. Due to solely sending money overseas, they can afford to offer competitive exchange rates, charge low fees and send the money quickly.

If you are looking to send money overseas to Mozambique, read our guide to find out more.

Compare money transfer services in the table below.

Rates last updated July 17th, 2018
Name Product Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Description Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
Western Union International Money Transfers
CAD 1
Same day
Online, Phone, Agent, Bank Account to Bank Account, Cash Transfer, International Money Order
Send money online to friends and family around the world with Western Union.
WorldRemit International Money Transfers
CAD 0.51
Within an hour
Online, Bank Account to Bank Account, Cash Transfer
An online money transfer service with cash pickup, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available.
The ‘Rate’ and ‘Amount Received’ displayed are indicative rates that have been supplied by each brand or gathered by Finder.

Exchange rates are volatile and change often. As a result, the exchange rate listed on Finder may vary to the actual exchange rate quoted for the brand. Please confirm the actual exchange rate and mention “Finder” before you commit to a brand.

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Case study: Compare different money transfer companies for sending money to Mozambique

Jonathan is a businessman in the gas and oil industry and has recently heard about the niche opportunities in Mozambique regarding these industries. Should there be potential in this industry in Mozambique, he might consider moving there for a few years. He decides to look into how he can send money between Canada and Mozambique. He uses a comparison amount of CAD$1,000. You can see the results of his comparison in the table below.

Money transfer company AMoney transfer company B
Exchange rateCAD$1 = 44.52 MZNCAD$1 = 46.58 MZN
Transfer feeCAD$40CAD$50
Amount of MZN received for CAD$1,00044,518.11 MZN46,585.10 MZN
Transfer timeMinutesMinutes
Transfer optionsOnline, by phone, in personOnline, by phone
Difference in MZN+ 2,066.99 MZN

As you can see, both companies charge similar fees and can deliver the money in just minutes. Jonathan decides to go with transfer company 2, even though their fees are higher, because it allows him to send over CAD$40 more. With only CAD$10 more in fees, it is worth it to pay slightly higher transfer fees.

Which variables should I consider when sending money to Mozambique?

  • Exchange rates. Exchange rates will vary between different companies. Be wary of competitive exchange rates that come with high transfer fees, and on the other hand poor exchange rates with lower transfer fees. The amount of money your recipient stands to receive is the best indication of how much you will pay in fees and what the offered exchange rate will be.
  • Pickup methods. The pickup methods will vary between companies and generally include picking up cash in person at a branch location or receiving the funds directly into a bank account.
  • Fees. Fees are usually much higher for cash pickups than for bank account transfers. Some companies will completely waive transfer fees if you send over a certain amount of money.
  • Turnaround time. The turnaround time can range from minutes to days. Banks generally take three to five days to send money, while other transfer companies take one to three days. Companies like Western Union and MoneyGram can send the funds within minutes.
  • Transfer methods. The transfer methods include via phone, online, by mobile app and/or in person at an agent location.
  • Transfer options. For the available companies, transfer options include one-off payments, forwarded contracts, regular payments and market orders.
  • Minimum and maximum transfer amounts. The minimum amounts generally range from zero dollars to CAD$1,000, and maximums can generally range between CAD$1,000 and CAD$10,000.
  • Customer service. Contact methods will differ based on the service provider, however methods may include email, phone, in person and/or via online chat. Always choose a reputable company to handle your money transfer. Make sure the customer service contact hours work for you.

How can you send money to Mozambique from Canada?

  • Money transfer services. Companies like FairFX can send money between Mozambique and Canada.
  • PayPal. If both you and your recipient have PayPal accounts, you can use the online service to send and receive money overseas. Accounts are free and quick to setup online.
  • Western Union. You can send money online and in person to a vast number of countries around the world. Only cash can be picked up by your recipient in person, however the money can be sent within minutes.
  • MoneyGram. You can send money in person only from Canada using MoneyGram. Cash can be picked up by your recipient. Although fees can be high, cash is available within just minutes.
  • Banks. Some Canadian banks may allow transfers to the African country. However, they will likely charge high fees. Conversely, you can also send a guaranteed cheque from your bank. Also known as “snail mail”, this is the slowest way to send money overseas.

How do you receive money from Mozambique in Canada?

  • Money transfer services. Check to see which companies allow transfers to Canada from Mozambique.
  • PayPal. If both you and the sender have PayPal accounts, you can use the online service to send and receive money overseas. Accounts are free and quick to setup online.
  • Western Union. You can send money online and in person using Western Union.
  • MoneyGram. Cash can be picked up by your recipient. Although fees can be high, cash is available within just minutes of the transfer being lodged.
  • Banks. Some banks may allow transfers to Canada, however they will likely charge high fees.

Emergency cash transfers to Mozambique are possible

There are two companies available to use when you are in need of emergency cash or you need to send emergency cash. Both MoneyGram and Western Union have years of experience in delivering money transfers quickly and safely, and will get you a cash transfer within just minutes.

We have listed some locations in Mozambique below.

Cash pickup locations in Mozambique when using MoneyGram and Western Union

MoneyGram

Maputo

  • Standard Bank Mozambique
    Av Mao Tse Tung No 559, Maputo, 1100
    2581490459
    Monday to Friday, 8am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday, 12am to 12am
  • Standard Bank Mozambique
    Av 25 De Sept No 2614, Maputo, 1100
    2581327356
    Monday to Friday, 8am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday, 12am to 12am

Beira

  • Standard Bank Mozambique
    Largo Do Metical No 14, Beira, 2100
    2583325095
    Monday to Friday, 8am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday, 12am to 12am

Western Union

Maputo

  • Banco Intl De Mozambique
    Millenium Bim Amilcar Cabral
    Av. Amilcar Cabral Nr.
    Maputo, Maputo
    +2582-1-311096
    Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm, Saturday and Sunday, closed
  • Expresso
    Bim Expresso Timor
    Maputo, Maputo
    +2582-1-306923
    Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday, closed

Beira

  • Banco Intl De Mozambique
    Rua Major Sarpa Pinto 1134 B
    Beira Sede
    Beira, Sofala
    +258-23-329605
    Monday to Friday, 8am to 3pm, Saturday, 10am to 1pm, Sunday, closed

Global tips for picking up cash in Mozambique

Tourists and foreigners are advised to exercise a high degree of caution when in Mozambique. Avoid picking up cash in the dark and if possible, keep travel to daylight hours. Serious cases of crime, which include sexual assault, robberies, petty theft and bag snatching have been reported. It is wise to move in groups and pay close attention to your personal security when picking up cash.

Public demonstrations still occur in Mozambique and it is best to pick up cash in an area where these can be avoided.

What are the steps to send money to Mozambique?

If you are sending money using a money transfer service or cash pickup service, you will need the following details:

  1. Your recipient’s details, including name, address and email or phone number.
  2. The bank account details of your recipient.
  3. The physical location or agent location where your recipient can pick up the money (when it is a cash pickup service).
  4. The amount and type of currency you are sending.

If you are sending money to a bank account, you will need the following details:

  1. The SWIFT / BIC details, which determine the branch and bank specifics of where you are sending the money.
  2. Account details of your recipient.
  3. Recipient’s basic details, including name, address, phone number and/or email.
  4. The amount and type of currency you are sending.

If you are using PayPal to send the money, you will need the following:

  1. You will need an account with PayPal.
  2. Your recipient’s email address.
  3. The amount and type of currency you are sending.
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