Send Money to Tonga Securely

Information verified correct on December 5th, 2016

You could be losing money when transferring funds to Tonga

Sending money overseas has traditionally been expensive, but that’s not necessarily the case anymore. With the introduction of dedicated money transfer services and products, you can now send money to Tonga and enjoy competitive exchange rates and fees. Read onto to compare these services and to find out how much of a difference they can have on the amount that actually ends up in Tonga.

Compare transfer services to Tonga

Rates last updated December 5th, 2016
Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
Western Union International Money Transfers
Send money online to friends ... and family around the world with Western Union.
AUD 1 Same day
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AUD 250 1 day
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Currency Online International Money Transfers
Enjoy regular scheduled ... transfers, one off transfers and a range of currencies. Also enjoy your first transfer for free.
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Banks versus money transfer companies and services

Case study: Amelia’s family transfers

With a scholarship offered by an Australian tertiary school, Amelia plans on studying in Australia to become a teacher. Her family will be waiting for her return to start working in a local school, but for now she needs to consider how she will be continue helping them while overseas.

With money saved from a part time job, Amelia intends on sending her family $1,000 Australian dollars (AUD) and has decided to check banks and international money transfer companies to see how many Tonga Pa’anga (TOP) that would exchange to.

BankMoney transfer service
Exchange rate$1.00 AUD = T$1.46 TOP$1.00 AUD = T$1.55 TOP
Transfer fee$20 AUD$15 AUD
Amount in TOPTOP 1,456.90TOP 1,547.20
Transfer timeTwo to three business daysTen minutes
Transfer optionsBank to bank transferCash pick up
Difference+T$ 90.30 TOP
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How to compare transfer companies when transferring money to Tonga

Amelia discovers that using a money transfer company in place of a bank meant her family receives TOP 90.30 more. If you were to do similar research, you would want to focus on the following features:

  • Exchange rate. The exchange rate reflects how much money in the recipient country currency is equivalent to AUD 1.00.
  • Transfer fee. The transfer fee can make a big difference in savings. In Amelia’s instance, it was a savings of TOP 7.28. Transfer companies do change their fees depending on the country and also on the amount sent.
  • Amount received. By checking the exchange rate against the approximate amount of money you will be sending, you can get a better idea of the savings.
  • Transfer time. This can be important if you need to send money in an emergency situation that cannot wait the two or three days that a bank typically takes to make an overseas money transfer.
  • Transfer options. You may also want to check first how convenient the transfer company pick up center is to your recipient’s home.
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How to send money to Tonga from Australia

With the number of immigrants, workers and students from Tonga spending time in Australia you will find that there are a few Australian based companies and banks that are able to transfer money there:

  • Australia’s big four banks. For example, NAB charges a nominal fee of $20 AUD for every request to transfer money overseas regardless of the country. They have an extended list of countries that they are able to provide this service for, including Tonga.
  • Western Union. The international money transfer company is able to provide services between Australia and Tonga.
  • MoneyGram. MoneyGram only allows for cash pick up when sending money to Tonga from Australia.
  • World First Foreign Exchange. Senders need to set up an account first, after which they can send money from Australia to Tonga online or over the phone.
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Emergency cash transfers in Tonga

If you travel to Tonga and lose your cash or it gets stolen, there are a few ways in which you could obtain more:

  • Your credit card. In some cases, if you use your credit card to purchase your international travel bookings you qualify for limited travel insurance. One feature of many complimentary travel insurance policies is a cash replacement in the event that your wallet or purse is lost or stolen.
  • Travel insurance. It’s recommended that any Australian travelling outside of the country purchase traveller’s insurance first. A travel insurer may provide you with emergency cash, but will expect supporting documents like a police report when you file your claim.
  • Emergency cash transfer. You can pick up money sent by friends or family at a cash transfer agency like Western Union or MoneyGram. You will need to present photo identification and know details about the transfer.
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Cash pickup locations in Tonga

You will find a number of money transfer agents located throughout Tonga for both Western Union and MoneyGram. Before visiting one of the following, or any, cash pick up locations call ahead to verify their hours and that they will have enough cash on hand to complete your transaction:

Western Union

Nuku’alofa

  • Fexco Tonga LTD
    Opposite Queen Salote College
    Kapeta Hihifo Rd
    Nukualofa, Nukualofa
    Phone +676-28603
    Open 8:30am to 4pm Monday through Friday. Saturday 8:30am to 12:30pm. Sunday closed
  • Fexco Tonga LTD
    Ace Lionvest
    Tofoa
    Nuku’alofa, Tongatapu
    Phone +676-29900
    Open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4pm. Saturday 8:30am to 12:30pm. Sunday closed.

Hahake

  • Fexco Tonga LTD LIU Gas Station
    Manuka
    Hahake
    Tongatapu
    Phone +676-33488
    Open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4pm. Saturday 8:30am to 12:30pm. Sunday closed.
  • Fexco Tonga LTD Kanongata A Store
    Fatumu
    Hahake
    Tongatapu
    Phone +676-31288
    Open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4pm. Saturday 8:30am to 12:30pm. Sunday closed.

MoneyGram

Nuku’alofa

  • Westpac Bank of Tonga
    Road TM Fifita Bldg Taufa’ahau
    Nuku’alofa, 0
    Phone +676-25108
    Open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5pm. Saturday 8:30am to 12pm. Sunday closed.
  • Westpac Bank of Tonga
    Next to post office
    Nuku’alofa, 0
    Phone. +676-23933
    Open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5pm. Saturday 8:30am to 12pm. Sunday closed.

Ha’apai

  • Friendly Islands Bookshop – Happi
    Pangai
    Happi
    Phone. +676-60198
    Open 8:30am to 5pm Monday through Friday. Saturday 8:30am to 12:30pm. Sunday closed.
  • Westpac Bank of Tonga
    Pangai
    Ha’apai Island
    Pangai,0
    Phone. +676-60730
    Open Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm. Closed on Saturday and Sunday
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Tips for picking up cash in Tonga

If you are travelling to Tonga for holidays or business the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade recommends that you exercise normal safety precautions. When picking up a cash transfer you should still maintain a higher level of diligence and travel with a trusted companion.

Find a secure means of travelling to the agency and return to your lodgings immediately afterwards to secure your cash.

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How to send money to Tonga

If using one of the international money transfer companies to send cash from Australia to Tonga, be advised that the pickup agency will want to ensure that they are sending money to the right person. You and your recipient will need to follow these steps to help facilitate the pick up of the cash:

  • Full name. Contact details for the beneficiary must be exactly as they appear on his or her identification document, including their full name.
  • Transfer number. You will be given a transfer number after completing the transaction. Your recipient will need this number in order to pick up the cash.
  • Transfer amount. The beneficiary may also be asked how much they are expecting to receive.
  • Your information. Be sure that the beneficiary knows pertinent information about you, including the city and state or territory where you live and your phone number.

Save the documents given to you at the end of your transaction. These will be necessary in the event of a dispute with the money transfer company.

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