Send money to Qatar

Here’s how you can send an affordable international money transfer to Qatar.

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Converting your money to an exotic currency like the Qatari riyal may not be an easy process, but you can make things easier by comparing your money transfer options. Rather than spending time and hard-earned money on expensive fees and a long processing period, check out a few ways you can save on fees and get a better exchange rate when you want to send money to Qatar.

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Name Product Minimum Transfer Transfer Time Transfer Fee
Azimo - Ireland
GBP 10
Instant
Varies
MoneyGram - Ireland
USD$1
1 day
EUR€3.00
XE Money Transfers - Ireland
EUR 1
Same day
EUR 0
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How to send money to Qatar online

Sign up and send money with a digital money transfer specialist in four steps:

  1. Sign up for a free account. Pick a provider and sign up for a free online account using your contact information, proof of ID and preferred payment method.
  2. Provide transfer details. Submit your recipient’s contact information and pick a delivery method. If transferring to a bank, you’ll need their Qatari bank account information.
  3. Confirm transfer details. Double check your payment method, expected fees and destination.
  4. Save your receipt. Record your receipt’s confirmation number to track the progress of your transfer to Qatar. Some money transfer providers send a text or email when your transfer is complete.

What are the ways that I can send money to Qatar

  • Bank transfers. Many major Irish banks will allow you to send money to Qatar.
  • Money transfer providers. Providers like XE and CurrencyTransfer can help you quickly and easily transfer your money online.
  • Providers with cash pickup. Western Union, Ria and MoneyGram let you send funds for cash pickup at agent locations.
  • PayPal. Electronic payment giant PayPal lets you send money from Ireland to Qatar.
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What’s the best way to send money to Qatar?

Online money transfer providers typically offer the strongest exchange rates and lowest fees on money transfers to Qatar. Some offer cash pickup in as little as a few minutes, while others seamlessly transfer to bank accounts. Sending money through PayPal or your bank is also an option, but you’ll typically face higher fees and weaker exchange rates when going that route.

Digital money transfer services

Companies like XE specialise in foreign currencies, making them some of the most cost-effective transfers. Most offer transfers directly to your recipient’s Qatari bank account, often in as little as a day or two.

Let’s crunch the numbers: Sending €1,000 to Qatar

Let’s say you need to send €1,000 to family in Qatar. Here’s what you might face as far as fees and exchange rates as of 17 November 2020.

Digital money transfer service Cash transfer Bank transfer
Fee €0 €2.90 €20 + additional correspondent bank fees
Exchange rate 1 EUR = 4.32 QAR 1 EUR = 4.28 QAR 1 EUR = 4.08 QAR
Transfer speed 1-2 day Same day 2-5 days
Amount received QAR 4,329 QAR 4,286 QAR 4,087
Verdict
  • Best value
  • Fastest
  • Slowest and most expensive

The bank option ends up being both the slowest and gets the smallest amount of money to your recipient in Qatar. If you go with the digital money transfer service, your recipient ends up with QAR 242 more than the bank offers. If speed is crucial, or your recipient wants to pick up cash, a cash transfer can typically have your transfer to Qatar in as little as an hour. Confirm there is a cash pickup location near your recipient before sending, though.

How to get the most out of your money transfer to Qatar

Weigh costs and fees against convenience to learn how to compare money transfer providers that send to Qatar to best meet your needs:

  • Exchange rates. The EUR-QAR relationship doesn’t fluctuate often, but using a service that allows you to lock in exchange prices may help you save money down the line if the Qatari riyal rises against the euro.
  • Transfer fees. Transferring money overseas nearly always requires fees, but they might be hidden in the exchange rate. When sending large amounts, it may be cheaper to pay a flat fee to secure a stronger EUR-QAR exchange rate.
  • Transfer limits. How much you can send varies by company, and different amounts can attract higher or lower fees. Shop around for the best deal on the amount of Qatari riyals you’re sending to Qatar.
  • Turnaround. Transferring money through a local bank can take a business week or longer. If you need the funds delivered quickly, look for a digital specialist that offers instant transfers to Qatar.
  • Sending limits. Comparing prices for one large transfer instead of many small transfers is typically easier, so picking the service you use based on how much you’re sending is a valid strategy for saving money.
  • Transfer methods. Whether you want money sent to a Qatari bank account or picked up as cash at a local agent, narrow down a company that matches your preferred delivery method.

How to send an emergency cash transfer to Qatar

When urgency trumps cost to get your money to Qatar quickly, look for money transfer companies that support cash pickup in minutes. You can pay with a credit or debit card for fast pickup, but fees are higher than other methods.

How to send money to Qatar without a bank account

If you don’t have a bank account, you can still use cash transfer services to send money to Qatar. Similarly, a recipient can get the money with a cash transfer if they don’t have a bank account. These services are widely available around the world and although they’ll typically not be the cheapest available, they can be fast and convenient.

Qatar’s exchange rates explained

The exchange rate determines how much one country’s currency is worth in another country’s currency. When a country’s currency is strong, it yields more money when exchanging it in a country with a weaker currency. Factors that influence the exchange rate include interest rates, economic stability and inflation.

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Documents needed for sending to and receiving money in Qatar

To send money to Qatar from Ireland, you’ll need government-issued ID and other documents, while documents needed to pick up money in Qatar may differ by company.

Documents to send money from Ireland

To send money from Ireland to Qatar, you’ll need documentation and details that include:

  • Identification. Most services require a driver’s licence, passport or other government-issued ID.
  • Payment method. Your service may accept credit or debit cards, cash, bank accounts or cheques.
  • Recipient information. Submit your recipient’s name as it appears on their ID, along with their phone number and Qatari bank account information.

Documents to receive money in Qatar

To pick up money in person, documentation can include:

  • Transfer number. The person sending you money can forward the transfer’s confirmation details – called a PIN, an MTCN, a reference number or a tracking number, depending on the company.
  • Government-issued ID. A Qatari passport, Qatari ID or similar official ID may be required to pick up your transfer.
  • Amount sent. You may need to know how much was sent, usually within 10% of the total.
  • Sender’s information. Take along your sender’s full name, the sending country and their address, if known.

Bottom line

It shouldn’t cost a fortune for you to send money to Qatar. Compare money transfer companies that specialise in foreign transactions for the strongest rates, lowest fees and flexible delivery. For transfers to other countries, rely on our country-specific guides the next time you need to make a transfer.

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