Finder is committed to editorial independence. While we receive compensation when you click links to partners, they do not influence our content.
How to send money to Israel
Let us help you find a quick, easy and affordable way to send money to Israel.
Updated . What changed?
The Israeli shekel is frequently traded through international markets, which means you have quite a few options when you want to send money to someone living or travelling in Israel. By comparing transfer fees, exchange rates and processing time, you can find a good deal that won’t break the bank. Just be sure to take your time and keep your options open.
Compare transfer options for sending money to Israel
What's in this guide?
- Compare transfer options for sending money to Israel
- How do international money transfers work?
- Banks versus money transfer specialists
- What are my transfer method options?
- How to send money to Israel
- What to watch out for with Israeli money transfers
- Emergency transfers
- Tips for picking up cash
- Bottom line
How do international money transfers work?
International money transfers allow you to send money to a recipient in Israel by providing money to a bank or independent money transfer company, which then converts your HK dollars to Israeli shekels. This can be done in person, over the phone, through a mobile app or online, and you can use cash, a credit card or transfer funds from your bank account. Depending on the provider, your recipient can either pick up the cash in person or have it deposited into their bank account.
Banks versus money transfer specialists
Most major Hong Kong banks can conduct transfers between Hong Kong and Israel, but that doesn’t mean it’s cheap. You’ll generally be charged higher fees and be offered a lower exchange rate when you opt for a bank transfer.
Often, you can get a better deal if you use the services of a specialist money transfer company. Instead of offering a wide range of financial products and services as banks do, money transfer companies focus entirely on moving money internationally. They offer lower fees and better exchange rates than banks, and many allow the transactions to be quickly and conveniently made online.
Let’s crunch the numbers: Sending $10,000 to Israel
To get an idea of costs, let’s compare numerous transfer options and associated fees. This table uses real fees and exchange rates and is current as of 9 Jan, 2021.
|Bank transfer||Cash transfer||Money transfer service|
|Fee||65.00 HKD + additional correspondent bank fees||30.00 HKD||119.67 HKD|
|Exchange rate||1.00 HKD = 0.35893 ILS||1.00 HKD = 0.4056 ILS||1 HKD = 0.411018 ILS|
|Transfer speed||2-4 days||Minutes||1-2 days|
|Amount received||3,566.00 ILS||4043.61 ILS||4,060.99 ILS|
The bank option is slow and results the least amount of money to your recipient. If speed is crucial, the cash transfer combines value with nearly instant turnaround. If you decide to go with a money transfer service, your recipient ends up with 494.99 ILS more shekels and it gets there faster than a bank transfer.
Foreign exchange rates explained
An exchange rate is used to determine how much a currency is worth when converted into a different currency. Most currencies are flexible, so they won’t be worth the same amount day to day or month to month. If you want a good deal, you’ll have to keep an eye out for a strong rate. But because the Israeli shekel is weak against the HK dollar, you can send at least two to three shekels for every dollar you spend.
What are my transfer method options?
- Bank transfers. You can send funds from your bank account to the account of your recipient in Israel.
- Online money transfer providers. Companies like CurrencyFair allow fast and affordable online transfers from Hong Kong to Israel.
- Money transfer companies with cash pick-up options. Companies like Western Union and MoneyGram allow you to send funds overseas that can be picked up as cash from thousands of agent locations across Israel. However, MoneyGram only allows you to send USD or EUR.
- Checks. Another option is to get an international guaranteed check from your bank and mail it overseas.
How to send money to Israel
As you can see, there is no shortage of choices when it comes to finding the best way to send money to Israel. While the exact transfer method will differ depending on the provider you choose, these are the basic steps you’ll need to follow:
- Check out your options in our money transfer table.
- When you’ve found a suitable option, click Go to site.
- Register with that provider.
- Supply your information and your recipient’s information.
- Pay for your transfer.
- Save your tracking number to follow up on your transfer.
What to watch out for with Israeli money transfers
Check if the situation applies to you before sending money to Israel:
- A transfer of 50,000 or more Israeli new shekels — or the foreign currency equivalent — needs to be reported to the Israeli Tax Authorities. For more info, see Israel Tax Authority’s website.
Emergency transfers to Israel are possible, and because the Israeli shekel is so widely traded, you may even be able to send money to your recipient within a few hours without having to pay high fees. However, you’ll still want to be careful. Not every company offers quick speed, low fees and strong exchange rates. Compare your options before committing to be sure you’re choosing the right provider for your needs.
Tips for picking up cash
Exercise a high degree of caution when picking up cash, no matter where in Israel you are. Be sure to:
- Keep your money hidden.
- Avoid any questionable parts of town.
- Deposit the cash you pick up into your bank account as soon as possible.
- Bring a friend along to provide an extra set of eyes, especially if you’re picking up a large sum of shekels.
Israel has one of the most widely traded currencies out there. You’ll have access to plenty of options with low fees and competitive exchange rates, which means you’ll have to take extra care to be sure you’re going with a provider that really caters to your needs. Read our guide to money transfers to get an idea of the general process before you send your next remittance.
More guides on Finder
What is BitShares (BTS)?
BitShares offers a blockchain solution to the problem of centralised exchange services.
LocalMonero cryptocurrency exchange – January 2021 review
LocalMonero is a global peer-to-peer marketplace where users can buy and sell Monero (XMR) using their local currency. Find out how the platform works in this detailed guide.
How to sell bitcoin
Find out where to sell bitcoin, how to set your prices and pick up tips to help you get a better price.
How to buy, sell and trade Pundi X
Read our guide to cryptocurrency point-of-sale payment provider Pundi X, its NPXS tokens and how to buy NPXS in Hong Kong.
How to earn passive income with cryptocurrency
It’s possible to make money from cryptocurrency without just buying low and selling high. Here’s how.
Ledger Blue cryptocurrency wallet review
An in-depth look at the Ledger Blue, a hardware cryptocurrency wallet with Bluetooth compatibility and a touchscreen.
HitBTC exchange – January 2021 review
If you’re considering buying and selling crypto on HitBTC, a well-known exchange that supports more than 300 digital currencies, read this review first.
Cryptocurrency exchange fees
Check out this comprehensive guide to the deposit, withdrawal and trading fees charged by crypto exchanges.
A to Z: The Ultimate Cryptocurrency Glossary
From bitcoin to Shitcoin, every term you will come across on your cryptocurrency journey can be found in finder’s A to Z: Ultimate Cryptocurrency Glossary.
HKD to NGN Exchange Rate
Live exchange rates Hong Kong Dollar to Nigeria Naira. Historic exchange rates for 10 days ✔ 10 months ✔ 10 years ✔ Calculate your money transfer to NGN.
Ask an Expert