Do you need to send money from the U.S. to Argentina? Here’s the help you need in picking the right option.
From bank transfers and online transactions to options that allow recipients to collect your funds within minutes, sending an international money transfer to Argentina is easy. But do your research and shop around for the best available deal.
Compare international money transfers
Our interactive table lets you compare current fees, exchange rates, transfer speeds and other details about sending your money overseas. Enter the amount you’re transferring, and see how much will arrive at your destination.
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How do international money transfers work?
An international money transfer allows you to send money to a recipient overseas. Generally, a transfer involves you providing funds to a bank or an independent transfer provider, which then sends the money to your recipient in another country — in this case, Argentina. This can be done in person, over the phone, through a mobile app or online. You can use cash, a credit or debit card, or transfer funds from your bank account, which will then either be deposited into your recipient’s bank account or mobile wallet, or made available as cash for them to pick up at a location in their country.Back to top
Joaquin Garcia arrived in the U.S. as a student. At the end of his studies he managed to get a job here. After he began working he decided to start sending some money back home to his aging parents. He figured he could afford to send around $2,000 USD every other month.
He compared two money transfer companies, and this is what he learned:
|Money transfer service 1||Money transfer service 2|
|Exchange rate||1 USD = 8.377 ARS||1 USD = 9.5481 ARS|
|Amount received for $2,000||16,754 ARS||19,096.27 ARS|
|Transfer time||1 day||1-3 days|
|Transfer options||Bank account||Bank account|
|Difference of||2,342.27 ARS|
The fact that Joaquin decided to go with the second money transfer service provider should come as no surprise. While the second service provider took extra time, it offered him a better deal.
How to compare transfer companies when transferring money to Argentina
You’ll want to consider costs, of course. But other factors can also affect your choice.
- Exchange rate. U.S. dollars are converted to Argentine pesos at an exchange rate that’s set by the transfer provider. These rates vary day to day, even moment to moment, and among providers.
- Fees. Most companies charge a fee to transfer your money around the world, though some will waive that fee for large transfers. The fee and the exchange rate determine how much your transfer will cost.
- Minimum amounts. Some companies will transfer as little as a dollar, but others won’t deal with anything less than a few hundred. Look for a match with what you’re trying to send.
- Urgency. If the money needs to get there ASAP, most providers complete transactions in a day or two. Some can do it in minutes, at a higher cost. The fastest availability usually comes with picking up the funds in cash. Surprisingly, using a credit or debit card on your end can be faster than pulling money directly from a checking account.
- Process and scheduling. Do you prefer to send money online, over the phone or in person? Do you want to schedule a future transfer or use a forward contract in anticipation of better exchange rates?
- Payment methods. Will you pay with cash, a bank account or a debit or credit card? Transfer agents often see debit cards as quicker and more secure than the bank accounts they’re based on. However, using a credit card can trigger cash advance charges from your credit card company.
- Customer service. How much help will be available if you hit a snag or have a question? Are the support hours convenient?
Ways to send money to Argentina from America
- Bank transfers. Most major banks offer wire transfers to Argentina.
- Money transfer providers. Online providers like TransferWise and WorldRemit can help you transfer money quickly and easily. World First and OFX are both trusted partners of Finder.com and are offering Finder readers an exclusive deal of $0 in fees.
- Transfer companies with cash pickup. Providers like Western Union, MoneyGram and Ria offer quick cash pickup options, but often for high fees.
- PayPal. You can send money abroad using your PayPal account.
Picking up cash at a money transfer branch
Whether you’re picking up cash in Argentina or any other country, take a safety-first approach. Use common sense, such as keeping your cash hidden and depositing it with your bank as soon as possible. Taking a friend along with you to collect the funds is also a good idea.Back to top
How safe is a money transfer?
When processed through a reputable provider, your funds are safely tracked until in the hands of your recipient. When sending money internationally, federal protections are in place that require banks, credit unions and money transfer companies to, for example, disclose all fees upfront and give you 30 minutes to cancel a transfer, assuming it hasn’t yet been picked up or deposited.
Follow the money to Argentina
Whichever method you use, keep a record of the transaction reference number and other details so you can track the transfer and follow up if your recipient has any issues.
For a more comprehensive look at sending money overseas, see our guide to sending money overseas.Back to top