Send money to Ukraine

Safely send hryvnias to friends and family.

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Digital money transfer providers can beat the rates offered by your bank. Transferring money online to Ukraine from Ireland, instead of through your local bank, will save you on fees and give you access to stronger exchange rates and faster turnaround times.

Compare money transfer services that send to Ukraine

Use our comparison calculator to assess transfer fees, exchange rates and other details for sending funds to Ukraine.

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Name Product Minimum Transfer Transfer Time Transfer Fee
TransferWise - Ireland
EUR 1
1-2 days
Varies
Azimo - Ireland
GBP 10
Instant
Varies
WorldRemit - Ireland
EUR 1
Same day
Varies
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How to send money to Ukraine 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 your preferred payment method.
  2. Provide transfer details. Submit your recipient’s contact information and pick a delivery method. If you’re transferring to a bank, you’ll need your recipient’s Ukrainian bank account details.
  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 Ukraine. Some money transfer providers send a text or email when your transfer is complete.

What’s the best way to send money to Ukraine?

Online money transfer providers typically offer the strongest exchange rates and lowest fees on money transfers to Ukraine. Some offer transfers straight to Ukrainian bank accounts, while others allow the money to be picked up in Ukrainian hryvnia in person. Banks, PayPal and other options are available but come with high fees, weak rates and longer turnaround times.

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Digital money transfer services

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

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Cash transfers

Services like MoneyGram allow you to transfer cash for pickup at a local branch in Ukraine — often in 15 minutes. While it’s a fast way to send money, you’ll pay for the convenience in weak exchange rates and high fees. If a cash pickup is necessary, look to digital services like WorldRemit or XE when possible.

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Banks

Ukrainian hryvnia probably isn’t carried by your local bank. Even if your local bank can convert your euros into Ukrainian hryvnia, beware of high fees and wide margins on the exchange rate compared to digital and other options.

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

Let’s say you need to send €1,000 to family in Ukraine. Here’s what you might face as far as fees and exchange rates as of 14 May 2020.

Digital money transfer service Cash transfer Bank transfer
Fee €23 €1.90 €20 + additional correspondent bank fees
Exchange rate 1 EUR = 28.8535 UAH 1 EUR = 28.4575 UAH 1 EUR = 26.3192 UAH
Transfer speed 1-2 day Minutes 2-5 days
Amount received UAH 28,189 UAH 28,403 UAH 25,792
Verdict
  • Better than a bank transfer
  • Fastest and cheapest
  • Slowest and most expensive

The bank option ends up being both the slowest and gets the smallest amount of money to your recipient. If you go with the cash transfer service, your recipient ends up with UAH 2,500 more than the bank offers. The cash transfer can also typically have your transfer to Ukraine in as little as 15 minutes.

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

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

  • Exchange rates. The EUR-UAH relationship fluctuates daily, so using a service that allows you to lock-in exchange prices may help you save money down the line if exchange rates take a turn for the worse in the future.
  • 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 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 number of Ukrainian hryvnia you’re sending.
  • Turnaround. Transferring money through a local bank can take a business week or longer. If you need the funds delivered quickly, seek out a digital specialist that offers instant transfers to Ukraine.
  • Maximum limits. When exchange rates are favourable, sending more money can save you money in the future. If you plan to send large amounts of money to Ukraine, be sure to pick a provider that won’t limit you.
  • Transfer methods. Whether you want money sent to a Ukrainian bank account or picked up as cash at a local agent, narrow down a company that matches your preferred delivery method.

Emergency cash transfer to Ukraine

When it’s more important to get your money to Ukraine 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 Ukraine without a bank account

Cash transfer services can help you if you’re unbanked or marginally banked. If you don’t have a bank account, look for a local company that supports storefronts for cash payments. These services include agent locations in other countries that allow your recipient to pick up cash without a bank account.

Ukraine’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. Ukraine’s exchange rate often fluctuates when compared to the euro, so expect exchange rates today to be different than those you’ll see tomorrow. Factors that influence the exchange rate include interest rates, economic stability and inflation.

Track how the Ukrainian dollar trades against the US dollar in our historical rate chart.

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Documents needed for sending to and receiving money in Ukraine

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

Documents to send money from Ireland

To send money from Ireland to Ukraine, 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 or bank account payments.
  • Recipient information. Submit your recipient’s name as it appears on their ID, along with their phone number, Ukrainian bank account and routing number if sending to their bank.

Documents to receive money in Ukraine

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, a MTCN, a reference number or a tracking number, depending on the company.
  • Government-issued ID. A Ukrainian passport, Ukrainian driver’s licence or a similar government-issued ID is typically required to pick up cash.
  • 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

Sending your hard-earned money to Ukraine shouldn’t cost a fortune. Compare transfer companies that specialise in foreign for the strongest rates, lowest fees and flexible delivery. Before you need to make a money transfer, take a look at our international money transfer page for the full lowdown.

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