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Find the best way to send money to Uganda

Learn how to send money to Uganda from the US in our step-by-step guide.

Looking for the best way to send money from the United States to family, friends or businesses in Uganda (or even to your own overseas bank account)?

Don't head straight to your American bank – compare specialist money transfer services instead. They nearly always offer better UGX exchange rates and lower fees, so for the same amount of US dollars you send, your recipient will receive more Uganda shillings.

Of the companies we've compared, MoneyGram is among the cheapest, with competitive exchange rates and fees starting from $0. Need a really fast transfer? Wise (TransferWise) can get money to your recipient in Uganda within minutes.

Best ways to send money to Uganda from the US

The best way to send money to Uganda depends on your payment method, how you want your money to be received and how fast you need it to arrive.
  • Online money transfer provider. When buying US dollars or Uganda shillings , money transfer specialists typically offer better rates and cheaper fees than a local bank.
  • Bank transfer. Bank transfers are an easy way to send money to Uganda, but they charge extra for the convenience and are often slower than other methods. US banks generally add a 3% to 6% markup onto exchange rates.
  • Cash pickup. If you need your money to arrive fast, cash pickup gives your recipient instant access to the money you've sent when they collect it from their agent location in Uganda.
  • Mobile wallet. Essentially an electronic wallet service, mobile wallets allow users to store, send and receive eligible currencies using their phone, often with fees attached.
  • Home delivery. If your recipient may struggle to get to a cash pickup location, you may be able to opt for door-to-door cash delivery.

Compare the best money transfer companies to send money to Uganda

Use our table to compare the best money transfer companies to send money to Uganda. You can compare deposit and receiving options, fees and transfer speeds, then click the "Go to site" button when you've found the best one to get your money to Uganda.
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Name Product Filter Values Fastest Transfer Speed Fees (Pay by Bank Transfer)
Wise (TransferWise)
Within minutes
From 0.41%
Wise uses the mid-market rate and transparent fees to help you send money in 50+ currencies.
Instarem
24 hours
From 0%
New Instarem customers will get a special FX rate and zero-fees on their first transfer.
Instarem offers offers rewards on every transaction.
MoneyGram
Within minutes
From $0
MoneyGram has fast cash pick-up transfers to more than 350,000 agent locations worldwide.
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Cheapest way to send money to Uganda

Bank transfers are typically the cheapest way to get your money to Uganda. MoneyGram and Instarem have some of the lowest bank transfer fees of the brands we've compared.

When you're hunting down the cheapest ways to send money to Uganda, it's more important to look at the overall cost of your transfer. This has a couple of elements:

  • Transfer fees. While still cheaper than your American bank, some money transfer services charge either a fixed or percentage-based fee for making your transfer.
  • Exchange rates. Another way money transfer providers make money is to add a margin to the mid-market USD/UGX exchange rate.

Some providers may charge the mid-market rate but add fees on top. Others may have very low fees but apply a markup on the exchange rate. This means it is important to compare exactly how many Uganda shillings your recipient will end up with.

Fastest way to send money to Uganda

Many online providers can offer transfers to Uganda within minutes, although you're likely to pay a premium for the convenience.

Here are some of the fastest average transfer speeds to Uganda:
  • Wise (TransferWise) — within minutes
  • MoneyGram — within minutes
  • Instarem — within hours

Actual transfer times from the United States to Uganda can depend on several several factors including transfer amount, payment method and currency.

Safest way to send money to Uganda

The safest way to get your money to Uganda is to use a provider registered with the United States's industry regulator, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. All the companies we've compared in our table are overseen by a local regulator and comply with the relevant laws and regulations in both the United States and Uganda.

A great way to dive deeper is by reading our extended reviews of each transfer service and researching first-hand customer feedback on Trustpilot and similar platforms.

Large money transfers to Uganda

If you need to make a sizable money transfer to Uganda, consider using a provider such as to benefit from its expertise in handling larger transfer amounts.

Using a large transfer specialist can have the following advantages:
  • Tax guidance. Large transfers to Uganda may have tax implications for you or your recipient. A transfer specialist can help get you up to speed on the IRS's latest advice.
  • Foreign exchange (forex) tools. Advanced tools such as forward contracts, limit orders and stop-loss orders can help you lock in the UGX exchange rate you want.
  • Account manager. Some money transfer providers assign a personal account manager who can help and advise you on your transfer needs.
  • Phone service. If you want to talk your transfer through with someone, providers such as Wise (TransferWise) and Instarem can give you support over the phone.

How to send money to Uganda from the US

To send money to Uganda, you'll need the necessary documentation, your recipient's details and a way to pay.

  1. Compare your options.
    Use our table to find a money transfer provider that sends funds to Uganda. One may be better for cash pickups, while another may suit a bank transfer. Once you've found the best one for your requirements, click "Go to site".
  2. Create an account.
    You'll need to give your name, address, contact details, proof of ID and method of payment.
  3. Provide your recipient's details.
    Enter your recipient's name and contact information. If you're sending straight to their Ugandan bank account, you'll need the account number, SWIFT or IBAN plus their bank branch's address.
  4. Enter your transfer amount.
    Make sure you're happy with the fees, exchange rates and transfer speed, then enter the amount you wish to send. Double-check the total Uganda shillings your recipient gets.
  5. Complete your transfer.
    Send your money transfer to Uganda. Keep your transaction reference number safe so you can track your transfer. Your recipient may need it, too.

How to choose the best money transfer companies to send money to Uganda

When choosing a money transfer provider to send money from the United States to Uganda, it's important to consider the cost, how you want your recipient to receive the funds and the turnaround time. Here are other features to review:

  • Exchange rates. Banks and transfer services use the mid-market rate to trade with one another. It is the best rate you can get. However, not all money transfer providers offer you this mid-market rate so compare the UGX you're offered to the mid-market rate and look for the smallest difference.
  • Transfer fees. Are you being charged a flat fee or a percentage of your transfer amount? For example, a provider offering to transfer your money to Uganda for a flat or low fee might work out better if you plan to send a large amount.
  • Transfer type. Does your recipient have a Ugandan bank account or is cash or cell phone top-up a better option? Each transfer type has different fees. For example, instant cash pickups tend to be more expensive than bank transfers .
  • Transfer speed. If you need your transfer to arrive quickly, you can pay for an express delivery. Companies such as MoneyGram offer instant cash pickups but may charge more. If you're not in a rush, online money transfer services offer the best value and get your money to Uganda faster and cheaper than banks.
  • Transfer limits. Find out how much you can send with each service. For example, MoneyGram has a transfer limit of $25,000 while Instarem allows unlimited transfers.
  • Discounts. Some providers may offer you a free transfer simply for signing up. Others may offer a discount if you transfer more than a specific amount of Uganda shillings.

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    sharonMarch 11, 2019

    How I get the intermediate receiver code to to receive money from global money transfer

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      johnbasanesMarch 12, 2019Finder

      Hi Sharon,

      Thank you for reaching out to Finder.

      The receiver code is normally sent by the sender when they complete the money transfer on their end. This also serves as a tracking number to know when the money would be received. Please reach out to the sender to get this code. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    FatumaOctober 5, 2018

    I would like to know if i can receive dollar currencies instead of shillings through money gram,western Union from USA?

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      AshOctober 5, 2018

      Hi Fatuma,

      Thank you for contacting finder.

      Yes, you may request for the Recipient to receive the money in US Dollars. You must inquire first with Western Union so they can check on their Agent Location in Uganda if they have enough US Dollars to cover the amount that you are going to send.

      I hope this helps.

      Please do not hesitate to reach out again to us if you have additional questions.

      Cheers,
      Ash

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    GeorgeOctober 5, 2018

    Is this also your number for money transfer+256394844870

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      johnbasanesOctober 5, 2018Finder

      Hi George,

      Thank you for leaving a question.

      Please clarify if +256394844870 is an account number of a phone number for customer support of one of the companies that we feature over at finder.

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    walugembeMay 2, 2018

    how can one receive money from japan on his phone

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      joelmarceloMay 4, 2018

      Hi Walugembe,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Not sure what you mean by “receiving money on phone” but if you are looking to receive or send money to Japan, you can use our comparison table to see which provider suits you.

      Cheers,
      Joel

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    JackApril 5, 2017

    World First actually does not have the capability to do USD to UGX transfer. I only found this out after completing a very long and detailed registration process. They also informed me that even though I am not going to be a transacting customer that they can not delete my account information.

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      HaroldJuly 10, 2017Finder

      Hi Jack,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      While we do not represent any company that we feature on our pages, we can offer you a general advice. It would be nice if you can clarify this matter directly with the money transfer company. They will be able to provide your an options based on your current circumstance.

      I hope this information has helped.

      Cheers,
      Harold

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