WorldRemit money transfer review

Send money to over 140 countries with WorldRemit’s range of options, including to a mobile or cash pick-up location.

Quick verdict

Good for
  • Small transfers
  • Competitive exchange rate
  • Fast transfers
  • Sending money to a mobile wallet or as cash
Not so great for
  • Large transfers
  • Instant customer service

Product NameWorldRemit International Money Transfers
Min. Transfer AmountCAD 0
Max. Transfer AmountCAD 40,000
Transfer MethodsOnline, Bank Account to Bank Account, Cash Transfer
Transfer OptionsOne off payments
Transfer Speed
Minimum transfer time
Within an hour
Customer ServicePhone, Email
Available CurrenciesAED, ALL, AMD, AOA, ARS, AUD, BAM, BBD, BDT, BGN, BHD, BIF, BOB, BRL, BWP, BYN, CAD, CDF, CLP, CNY, COP, CRC, CVE, CZK, DKK, DOP, EGP, ETB, EUR, FJD, GBP, GEL, GHS, GMD, GNF, GTQ, HKD, HNL, HRK, HTG, HUF, IDR, ILS, INR, ISK, JMD, JOD, KES, KGS, KHR, KMF, KRW, KWD, LAK, LBP, LKR, LRD, MAD, MDL, MGA, MRO, MUR, MVR, MWK, MXN, MYR, MZN, NAD, NGN, NIO, NOK, NPR, NZD, OMR, PAB, PEN, PHP, PKR, PLN, PYG, QAR, RON, RUB, RWF, SCR, SEK, SGD, SLL, SOS, THB, TJS, TND, TOP, TRY, TZS, UAH, UGX, USD, UYU, VND, WST, XAF, XOF, ZAR, ZMW
Online Transfer FeeCAD 3.99
Exchange Rate UpdatesDaily

Pros

  • No minimum transfer amount
  • Large range of destinations
  • Competitive exchange rate

Cons

  • Significant amount of transfer fees as amount goes up
  • Maximum amounts apply when sending

How it works

WorldRemit simplifies the money transfer process by taking money transfers online — you can initiate a transfer on your computer, smartphone or tablet. And all fees and exchange rates are displayed upfront, so you know exactly what you’ll pay.

WorldRemit offers the flexibility of paying from your bank account or with a credit or debit card, and your recipient can receive the funds as a bank account or mobile wallet deposit or pick it up as cash from one of more than 30,000 agent locations worldwide.

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How much does it cost to transfer money with WorldRemit?

WorldRemit offers guaranteed exchange rates when you need to send money overseas. These rates are updated daily to reflect changing market conditions and generally compare favorably to the rates available from major Canadian banks. Compare WorldRemit’s exchange rates with those of your bank to see how they stack up against each other.

The fee you’ll pay to send your money overseas with WorldRemit depends on the amount that you send, where you send it and how your recipient will access the money.

For example, you’ll pay $3.99 CAD for a bank deposit of $1,000 to France, while sending the same amount via bank transfer to India will run you $6.99 CAD.

Calculate your transfer with WorldRemit

Choose your currency and desired transfer amount (minimum $0.01 CAD, maximum $40,000 CAD). Exchange rates change frequently, so visit WorldRemit’s site to get a final quote.

Calculate how much sending money overseas would cost with WorldRemit by using our tool below. You can also check out the real-time exchange rate WorldRemit offers and if there are any additional fees.

Rates last updated July 19th, 2019
Name Product Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Description Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
WorldRemit International Money Transfers
CAD 0
Within an hour
Online, Bank Account to Bank Account, Cash Transfer
Use code FINDERCA and pay zero fees on your first transfer. Conditions apply.
An online money transfer service with cash pick-up, 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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Available currencies

WorldRemit sends money to over 145 countries worldwide, although the transfer types vary depending on the country. Some of the more popular currencies that WorldRemit lets you send to are:

  • INR Indian rupee
  • VND Vietnamese dong
  • GBP British pound
  • PHP Philippine peso
  • LBP Lebanese pound
  • EUR Euro
  • LKR Sri Lankan rupee
  • THB Thai baht

What types of transfers can I make with WorldRemit?

Although it varies from country to country, WorldRemit offers a range of ways you can send money, including:

  • Mobile wallet. Send to your recipient’s smartphone wallet. This option is helpful if your recipient doesn’t have a bank account and isn’t near a cash pick-up location.
  • Cash pick-up. You can send money to a cash pick-up location for your recipient to collect. If you choose this option, the person picking it up will need valid photo ID on hand and the reference number.
  • Bank transfer.The money will be deposited directly in the bank account you choose. You’ll need to know their SWIFT code as well.
  • Airtime top-up. This is used when you want to send money directly to your recipient’s mobile to top up their pre-paid plan. Credit top-ups are often instant. Quite a few of WorldRemit’s countries only offer airtime top-up.
  • Door-to-door delivery (currently only available for transfers to Vietnam). Instead of picking up the cash at a fixed location, this option means your cash is delivered physically to your recipient’s home. The recipient must present valid ID as well as the WorldRemit transaction reference number or the driver will not give them the cash.

Unfortunately, WorldRemit does not offer the flexibility of rate locks, forward contracts or recurring transfers.

Pros and cons of using WorldRemit

Pros

  • Competitive fees. The fees are generally quite a lot less than what you’ll find at your bank.
  • Easy-to-use website and app. We were able to sign up and start a transfer in about five minutes.
  • No minimum transfer. With no minimum, WorldRemit is best suited to smaller transfers.
  • Flexible options. You can pay with a range of options including card, bank transfer or Android Pay. Your recipient can also receive the money in a number of ways.
  • Worldwide network. Customers in 50 countries can send funds to more than 145 countries, providing global access when you need to transfer money abroad.

Cons

  • Limited maximum transfer. You can’t send more than $4,000 CAD at a time if you’re using card or Apple/Android Pay, and you can’t send more than $40,000 CAD in a single 24-hour period.
  • Some payment methods not accepted (including cash). Currently, you cannot pay for international money transfers using cash, AMEX, Diners Card or Union Pay.
  • Government-issued ID required.After your first transfer, you’ll need to upload a copy of your license or passport, which could deter those without one. If you’re sending $1,000 CAD or more, you will be required to upload additional documentation.
  • No live-chat. If you have questions, you’ll either need to call or fill out an online form.

How does WorldRemit compare to other services?

Our table below shows you the fees and exchange rates you can expect from other money transfer specialists. Compare WorldRemit to the other providers below to see if it’s the best option for you.

Rates last updated July 19th, 2019
Name Product Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Description Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
WorldRemit International Money Transfers
CAD 0
Within an hour
Online, Bank Account to Bank Account, Cash Transfer
Use code FINDERCA and pay zero fees on your first transfer. Conditions apply.
An online money transfer service with cash pick-up, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available.
TransferWise International Money Transfers
CAD 1
1 - 2 days
Online
Make online transfers with transparent exchange rates, low fees and low minimum amounts.
WorldFirst International Money Transfers
CAD 2,000
1 day
Online, Phone
Send 60+ currencies at competitive rates with $0 transfer fees for Finder customers. WorldFirst will beat any eligible quote from another provider.
Exclusive: OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers
USD 150
1 day
Online, Phone, Agent
Exclusive offer: Discounted exchange rates for your first and ongoing transactions. $0 transfer fee.
A higher exchange rate applies to non-finder customers. Send money in 45 currencies.
XE International Money Transfers
CAD 0
1 day
Online, Phone, Bank Account to Bank Account
Send money in more than 60 currencies. Fee-free international money transfers with a global brand.
CurrencyFair International Money Transfers
CAD 5
1 - 2 days
Online
Special offer: Pay zero fees on your first 5 transfers.
Get bank-beating exchange rates and fast transfer times on 15+ popular currencies.
TorFX International Money Transfers
USD 150
1 day
Online, Phone, Agent
TorFX guarantee to beat any competitor's exchange rate for a transaction. Conditions apply.

Send money overseas in 45 currencies.
Venstar Exchange International Money Transfers
CAD 7,000
1 day
Phone, Bank Account to Bank Account
Venstar Exchange offers competitive exchange rates and zero fees on large transfers over US$10,000.
CurrencyTransfer International Money Transfers
GBP 5,000
1 - 2 days
Online, Phone, Bank Account to Bank Account, International Money Order
Aimed at larger transfers, CurrencyTransfer is an online marketplace that lets you shop around for the best exchange rate.
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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How long does a transfer with WorldRemit take?

Generally speaking, most transfers with WorldRemit arrive almost instantly. Some transfers take longer, depending on how you’ve paid for it and what the transfer type is.

For example, if you pay by card, it may take longer while your card is authorized. If you choose home delivery as your delivery method, it can take from between 24 hours and 7 days, depending on your location. Bank transfers are often completed within 1 day, but it can vary depending on which banks are involved. Instant transfers are an option for a selected group of banks.

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1 day

What payment methods does WorldRemit accept?

If sending money from Canada using WorldRemit, you can pay by the following methods:

  • Debit card
  • Credit card
  • Prepaid card
  • Apple Pay
  • Android Pay
  • Interac

You can only send up to $40,000 CAD during any 24-hour period and no more than $4,000 CAD at any one time. Note that you cannot pay using cash, AMEX, Diners Card and Union Pay.

If you’re sending $1,000 CAD or more, you will be required to upload additional documentation, which can include your Canadian driver’s license, Canadian passport, or Canadian residence permit. You’ll also need to provide proof of residency as well in the form of a utility bill, electric bill, water bill or some similar document.

Is WorldRemit safe to use?

  • Security and regulation: Government regulated, can enable 2-factor authentication
  • Established: 2010.
  • Number of customers: Over 4 million.*
  • Reviews: TrustPilot gives WorldRemit a score of 9.2 out of 10, based on over 26,000 reviews*
  • Investors: Accel, TCV, LeapFrog
*According to WorldRemit and Trustpilot as of 17 April, 2019.

WorldRemit is regulated in Canada by FINTRAC (Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada), which regulates finance companies. This means WorldRemit has to keep its clients’ money separate from its own funds, so you’re protected if WorldRemit runs into financial difficulties.

Two-factor authentication is a setting you can put on your account which requires two types of verification when logging in. This adds another layer of protection against anyone trying to hack into your account.

How does WorldRemit make money?

WorldRemit makes its money off of both fees and the margin it charges on exchange rates. The fee varies from currency to currency, but most are around the $3.99 mark.

WorldRemit, like most other providers, also adds a margin onto the exchange rate. This is why the exchange rate you get quoted varies from company to company, and also from what you can see on Google or XE.

For example, WorldRemit may quote you CAD$1= PHP 38 for a money transfer to the Philippines, while the rate you can see on Google is CAD$1 = PHP 38.70. In this case, WorldRemit is pocketing 0.70 PHP for every Canadian dollar you send (only about 1.84% of the total transfer amount) in order to cover the cost of operating. This is a common revenue-gathering practice among money transfer companies.

WorldRemit does not charge any additional fees based on your particular payment method, however, your bank or card issuer might charge foreign conversion fees if your payment is from outside of Canada (as would be the case if you pay with a credit card from another country).

How do I use WorldRemit?

Before you send money with WorldRemit, make sure you have the following information:

  • A valid payment method. Your bank account, credit card or debit card information. You can also pay with Apple Pay and Android Pay (see payment methods).
  • Your recipient’s name and contact information. If you’re transferring money to a bank account, you’ll also need the recipient’s bank information including the correct bank account number.

It’s helpful to create an account before initiating a transfer, but you can enter your transfer info into the website first to learn just how much the transfer will cost.

How to transfer your money with WorldRemit

Tracking your order

  • Fast money worldwide in minutes. Your recipient can pick up cash from one of 30,000 agents on completion of your transaction. Bank account transfers are available by the following day.
  • Track your money through text. Through SMS or text updates, you’ll know when your money is both sent and received.
  • Contact customer service. If you need assistance, WorldRemit is available 24/7 toll-free at (English) 1-888-772-7771 or (French) 1-888-961-4869 or you can fill out a contact form online.

Bottom line

WorldRemit is a solid option for affordable, fast and safe money transfers around the world. To find the best provider, compare a range of money transfer providers before committing your funds to the transaction.

Frequently asked questions

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  1. Default Gravatar
    MishaSeptember 4, 2016

    HeLLo Maam , My Father Send Me Money But He Did Not Ask Me To For My Phone Number ? Is That Possible For Worldremit To Give Reference Number Without phone Number ?

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      ShirleySeptember 6, 2016Staff

      Hi Misha,

      Thanks for your question.

      Worldremit also sends notifications via email – you may want to check if your father provided this.

      Hope this helps.

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    ShinaSeptember 3, 2016

    Please if I sender send money from Germany to Nigeria straight to my account how long will that take to show up at my account

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      ShirleySeptember 6, 2016Staff

      Hi Shina,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately the Worldremit website doesn’t say how it takes. Generally, bank transfers take two to three days while cash pick up and phone transfers are instant.

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    ArtAugust 31, 2016

    How can the recipient details be modified? Coz I am the recipient but I was not aware that my bank account, which is a BDO Cash Card is not capable of receiving International Remittances. Thus it needs to be amended as “Pick Up” or it can be cancelled and create a new transaction instead? How much is the service charges? Please Help. The sender is from Sydney, Australia. The recipient is from the Philippines.

    Thank you so much!

    Hoping for your prompt action.

    Truly yours,

    Art,

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      MaySeptember 1, 2016

      Hi Art,

      Thank you for your inquiry. Please note that finder.com is an Australian comparison website and we don’t represent Worldremit.

      If you want to modify how to receive the money, your sender (from Sydney) needs to contact Worldremit directly on the contact details listed in the blue box above.

      Cheers,
      May

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    DennisAugust 31, 2016

    Can I send money from Nigeria to United States? If yes how do I send it.

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      Anndy LouSeptember 1, 2016

      Hi Dennis,

      Thanks for your question.

      Worldremit offers services in the United States and Nigeria, so it is possible to send money between these two countries.

      You can start sending money by clicking the “Go to site” button above. When you are in the Worldremit website, please be sure to change the “Send from” details to your own country.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    BIDHANAugust 6, 2016

    hello, i am sending money to KATHMANDU, NEPAL.so where would my receiver collect amount from..? Can it be collected from IME if it is cash pickup or is there any branches to collect amount..?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      ClarizzaAugust 8, 2016Staff

      Hi Bidhan,

      Thanks for your comment.

      Unfortunately we do not have any further information on IME, however most money transfer services allow you to pick how the money will be received -whether via transfer, online or pickup. To my knowledge IME allows you to send your cash so that the receiver picks it up from any IME agents. You can also read about how money transfers work and compare other services on our International Money Transfer page.

      Please note, we are a comparison website and provide general advice only.

      Hope that helps.

      Regards,
      Clarizza

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    JaneAugust 4, 2016

    My boyfriend sent me money through World remit , but I still not get it cause I was having a trouble with my I.d. Is there a expiration to the money he sent here in the Philippines ?How long would it be? Thank you

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      ShirleyAugust 4, 2016Staff

      Hi Jane,

      Thanks for your question.

      To our knowledge Worldremit will hold onto the funds until you receive it. We will get in touch with them to confirm this is the case.

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    MereAugust 3, 2016

    I’m residing in Toowoomba, Qld.where can I pick cash send through world remit? Thank you.

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      ShirleyAugust 3, 2016Staff

      Hi Mere,

      Thanks for your question.

      Unfortunately Worldremit doesn’t support any pick-up locations in Australia. However, they do support bank-to-bank transfers.

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    MatthewJuly 19, 2016

    i sent 1,980.00 aud yesterday to my fiancee n Nigeria but the sent me sms that that i should get back to them at earliest convenience concerning my transaction and i email them ask them what could be the problem but they never get back to me? what can i do?

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      MayJuly 19, 2016

      Hi Matthew,

      Thanks for your question.

      As finder.com is a third party comparison website, we do not have the access to your transaction with Worldremit.

      I suggest that you get in touch with Worldremit directly by calling the number posted at the top of this page.

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    RomeyJune 23, 2016

    I want to know how this work and how he will be able to pick up the money from the bank is there a specific location to pick up money in Nigeria or is it working on the account provided at the corresponding bank?

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      ClarizzaJune 27, 2016Staff

      Hi Romey,

      Thanks for your question.

      The methods for receiving cash will depend on where you’re sending the money. Unfortunately, only bank transfer and air time is available as methods for receiving cash in Nigeria. For places where cash pick up is offered, the table on this page will show you relevant pick up locations.

      Hope this helps.

      Clarizza

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    RomeyJune 23, 2016

    I have transferred money from Netherlands to my friend account in Nigeria and yet i have not receive any sms neither does my friend,and how will the money be picked up please .

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      Anndy LouJune 23, 2016

      Hi Romey,

      Thanks for your comment.

      If you were able to successfully initiate a money transfer, your recipient should receive an SMS message containing the transaction number and directions of how to collect the funds. Additionally, Worldremit will also send you an SMS once your beneficiary has received the money.

      The pickup location in Nigeria depends on the Worldremit service that you use. If bank transfer, your recipient can claim it at a local branch. If through Airtime, the funds can be claimed through Airtel, Etisalat, GLO, MTN, and Visafone.

      I hope this answers your question.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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