Whenever you need to send money overseas, it’s a good idea to compare your options before you get started – it could save you lots.
In this guide, we’ll go through how you can get the most out of your transfer, plus all the tips and tricks for sending money to Eswatini with ease.
Compare money transfer services for Eswatini
The table below shows some of the different options available for sending money to Eswatini. Enter your desired amount and currency into the table and it will do the math to work out how much each option will cost.
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.
How to send money to Eswatini in a few simple steps
Choose your service. Compare your transfer options to find the one that’s right for you, then head to the transfer service’s website. Consider the limits and payment options of each provider to make sure it’s right for you.
Create an account. This usually involves providing and confirming an email address and providing some identification.
Choose how you want your money delivered. Different options include cash pick-up, bank transfer and mobile money app payments. Availability will vary between providers
Fill out the transaction details. This includes the transfer amount, the currency you’re sending and the recipient’s information.
Review the details. Double check all the details to make sure everything is correct.
Send your money. The money will be deposited into your recipient’s account or available for collection in Eswatini.
Wait for confirmation. You’ll typically receive email or SMS confirmation that your payment has been received and that the money is on its way, and when it’s been received.
How to compare money transfer services
Exchange rates. The exchange rate can be very different for different providers. Check how many emalangeni (SZL) you will get per Canadian dollar sent. South African rand (ZAR) is also accepted in Eswatini, so if the rates are better that may be a more cost-effective currency to send.
Fees. Check how much the provider charges in fees, and add this to the amount lost on exchange rates to get a sense of the total costs involved.
Payment options. You may have to pick a different provider depending on whether you want to pay with credit card, bank transfer, cash deposit or other option.
Pick-up methods. Consider whether you want the money transfer provider to deposit the money directly into your recipient’s bank account, make it available for pick-up or send it to their mobile money app.
Transfer times. How long does the transfer take? If you want the money to arrive as quickly as possible you may need to pay extra.
Limits. Money transfer services will have different money limits for different countries. Make sure the limits work for you.
Customer service. Who do you contact if something goes wrong? Make sure you know how to contact your provider’s customer service line, along with which timezone they’re in and when they’re available.
Let’s crunch the numbers: Two money transfer companies compared
Let’s look at how 2 money transfer providers compare on cost when sending $1,000 to Eswatini as SZL.
Money transfer service 1
Money transfer service 2
1 CAD = 10.534 SZL
1 CAD = 10.710 SZL
Up to 10 days
Total amount received
This is a good example of why you should look at both the fees and the exchange rate when comparing money transfer services. Here, despite the second transfer service having a higher fee, the receiver still ends up with SZL170.01 more (roughly $16 CAD), because the exchange rate is quite a bit better.
Exchange rates explained
Exchange rates refer to how much of one currency you can get for another. If you get 10 Swazi emalangeni for 1 Canadian dollar, the exchange rate can be expressed as 1 CAD = 10 SZL.
Different services will often have different exchange rates. For example, one provider might offer 1 CAD = 9 SZL, while another might offer 1 CAD = 8 SZL.
Even if that first provider has higher fees, it could still be more cost-effective than the second, especially for larger transfers.
When sending money to Eswatini, you may also want to check the CAD to ZAR (South African rand) exchange rates. SZL is pegged 1:1 to ZAR, and ZAR is accepted in Eswatini, but the CAD/SZL and CAD/ZAR rates might be different.
Below you can see the current CAD to SZL exchange rates, updated daily.
Bank transfer. You can see if your bank offers money transfers for Eswatini. Availability will vary between banks, as will the currencies they offer. You’ll also typically pay higher fees and get worse rates than you would when making the same transfer through a dedicated money transfer service instead.
PayPal and other apps. Certain payment providers will also help you send money to Eswatini. PayPal is one of them. But like banks, availability may vary and the rates and fees will often be higher than you’d pay with other services.
Specialist money transfer service. Dedicated money transfer providers will typically offer some of the lowest fees and the most favourable exchange rates on the market.
Cash pick-up services. Some international payment providers will have cash pick-up locations around Eswatini, where transfers can be collected as cash.
International cheque. You may be able to get an international cheque from your bank, which can be filled out and mailed to your recipient in Eswatini.
How long will it take to send money to Eswatini?
Your transfer may take around a week to arrive, although this can vary widely depending on the situation. Certain banks may be faster than others, while making a cash transfer or a mobile money payment and avoiding bank transfers entirely may also help cut down the transfer time.
Emergency cash transfer
If you need to send money to Eswatini fast, a cash transfer is often the most efficient option.
While the fees may be higher, it may be the only option for sending money to Eswatini in a timely manner. The funds can be picked up from one of the provider locations in the country.
How to send money to Eswatini without a bank account
Even if you don’t have a bank account, you can still use cash transfer services without a problem. Your recipient can likewise pick up funds without issue even if they don’t have a bank account.
Cash transfer services are widely available around the world and it’s easy to find your nearest cash transfer location online. However, the rates and fees can vary by location.
You also may want to consider a slower transfer option, if possible. Slower transfers can be more cost-effective where available.
To enjoy a better combination of a fast transfer and lower costs, try sending your money on a Monday to minimize the chance of it being stuck in transit over the weekend, and send the money early in the day so it can be processed on the same day.
Tips for picking up cash in Eswatini
According to the Government of Canada, petty theft and robbery occur less in Eswatini than in other countries in southern Africa, but incidents still happen. Travelers are advised to take normal security precautions when visiting the country.
Don’t pick up money alone
Pick up money in a busy area during the day
Be mindful of pickpockets or others who may have seen you pick up the money
Cash pick-up locations in Eswatini
STANDARD BANK SWAZILAND – #1002 2ND FLOOR CORPORATE PLACE Mbabane, H100 4046599
STANDARD BANK SWAZILAND – #1004 MATSAPHA BRANCH MATSAPHA SHOPPING CENTRE Matsapha, M202 5185277
STANDARD BANK SWAZILAND LUSOTI BRANCH PO BOX 87 Simunye, L301 3131411
STANDARD BANK SWAZILAND – #1008 NHLANGANO BRANCH PO BOX 91 Nhlangano, S400 2078377
STANDARD BANK SWAZILAND – #1011 BIG BEND BRANCH PO BOX 38 Big Bend, L311 3636122
Frequently asked questions
It will vary depending on the bank. You will need to contact your bank and ask.
You will have to provide the amount you want to send and some details of the recipient for pick-up. You may also need to provide supplementary information such as the purpose of the transfer.
Andrew Munro is the global cryptocurrency editor at Finder. After previously writing about insurance and other areas, he now covers the latest developments in digital assets and blockchain and works on Finder's comprehensive range of guides to help people understand cryptocurrency.
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