Send Money to Bolivia Faster Using These Simple Tips

Information verified correct on December 3rd, 2016

send-money-boliviaFind a fast, simple and cost-effective way to send money to Bolivia using a specialist money transfer company.

The South American nation of Bolivia takes in an amazingly varied selection of landscapes, including the Atacama Desert, the Andes Mountains and the Amazon jungle. Understandably, these are just a few of the features that make Bolivia a popular destination for Australian tourists.

But what happens if you’re travelling through Bolivia and you lose your wallet or it is stolen? It’s quick and easy for your loved ones in Australia to send you an international money transfer, but they’ll need to compare a range of options in order to find the most cost-effective transfer method.

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Rates last updated December 3rd, 2016
Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received
WorldRemit International Money Transfers
An online money transfer service ... with cash pickup, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available.
USD 1 Within an hour
OnlineCash Transfer
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World First Foreign Exchange
Transfer money into a range ... of currencies online and over the phone.
USD 500 2 days
OnlinePhone
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Transferwise International Money Transfers
Make online transfers in a ... range of currencies and enjoy high maximum transfer amounts.
USD 1 1 day
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HiFX International Money Transfers
Transfer money between 20 currencies ... and enjoy scheduled regular transfers. No fee for transfers over US $5,000.
USD 100 2 days
OnlinePhoneAgent
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Travelex International Money Transfers
Get your foreign currency delivered ... to your home or pick up at a store.
USD 500 2 days
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Currencies Direct International Money Transfers
$0 online transfer fee that ... you can access 24/7.
USD 100 2 days
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USForex International Money Transfers
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USD 150 1 day
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MoneyGram International Money Transfers
Send money anywhere, from anywhere.
USD 1 Same day
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TorFX International Money Transfers
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USD 100 1 day
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Banks versus money transfer companies

When you need to send money to Bolivia – or any other country – banks offer an easy and convenient option. What they don’t do, however, is offer a cheap option. The exchange rates banks offer on international transfers are notoriously low – compare their exchange rates with those of other transfer companies to see just how bad they can be.

For a more cost-effective transfer solution, check out the services offered by the new breed of specialist money transfer companies. These providers, such as World First and WorldRemit, offer better exchange rates than the banks because they trade such large volumes of foreign currency. They also charge lower fees than the banks most of the time, so you can save yourself a lot of money if you’re willing to shop around for a more affordable deal.

Case Study: Josh Sends Money to Bolivia

Josh’s best mate Daniel is backpacking around South America when he is mugged in Bolivia. He emails Josh and asks for a transfer of $1,000 to help him pay for accommodation and transport. Since his bank doesn’t support any exotic currencies, Josh contacts two specialist transfer providers to see if there might be a more affordable option available.

As the table below shows, while neither provider charges a fee for the transaction, the first provider’s superior exchange rate allows Josh to send an extra 30 Bolivianos to Daniel.

Money transfer company 1Money transfer company 2
Exchange rate1 AUD = 4.80 BOB1 AUD = 4.77 BOB
Transfer fee$0$0
Transfer methodOnline transferOnline transfer
Processing time1-3 days1-3 days
Amount received (in BOB)4,800 BOB4,770 BOB
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How do I compare transfer companies when transferring and receiving money via Bolivia?

  • Exchange rates. Compare exchange rates between providers to see which companies consistently come out on top and will allow you to send more funds to your beneficiary.
  • Transfer options. Does the provider offer forward contracts and limit orders? Do they offer a convenient way to schedule future repayments?
  • Minimum and maximum limits. Some providers impose minimum and maximum limits on each transaction. Will those limits affect your transfers?
  • Processing times. How long will it take from the moment you pay for your transfer to the time your recipient can access the funds you send?
  • Pickup options. Does the company offer bank transfers, cash pickup transfers or another option?
  • Customer service. How will you be able to access help if you ever have a question about a transaction?
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How do I send money to Bolivia from Australia?

  • Specialist transfer providers. WorldRemit and World First both offer transfers to Bolivia.
  • Cash pickup transfer companies. MoneyGram and Western Union both have a number of locations in Bolivia.
  • Bank transfers. Compare your bank’s fees and exchange rates with those of other providers.
  • International cheques. Posting an international cheque overseas is another option, but it takes a little longer and also attracts fees.

How do I receive money from Bolivia in Australia?

  • Specialist transfer providers. Start researching to see which providers offer transfers between Bolivia and Australia.
  • Cash pickup transfer companies. Look for the nearest Western Union, MoneyGram or other transfer company branch closest to you.
  • Bank transfers. Your friend or loved one in Bolivia might want to send a transfer from their bank account to your Australian bank account.
  • International cheques. International cheques are a slow transfer method and also incur bank fees.
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Emergency cash transfers in Bolivia

While it’s possible to send an emergency cash transfer from Australia to Bolivia in a matter of minutes, it’s always important to check out the details of your transaction before you send any funds. Urgent transfers tend to attract higher fees and lower exchange rates, so if you don’t check the full cost of a transaction first, you could end up paying a whole lot more money than you might expect.

Cash pickup locations in Bolivia/ Western Union / MoneyGram branches in Bolivia

Western Union and MoneyGram operate the two largest money transfer networks in the world, including multiple locations in Bolivia and Australia. A selection of cash pickup locations in Bolivia are listed below, but make sure to phone ahead to confirm addresses and opening hours before visiting. Photo ID will also be required when collecting cash.

Western Union

La Paz

  • Agente Copybol
    Arce Entre No 2355 Edif Cobija Pb La Paz,
    La Paz
    +591-2-2175216
    Open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday
  • Banco Union S A
    Ag Plaza Isabel La Catolica
    Plaza Isabel La Catolica La Paz, La Paz
    +591-2-2171717
    Open 9am to 4:30pm Monday to Saturday

Sucre

  • Banco Union S A
    Ag Chuquisaca
    Calle Bolivar 385 Sucre, Chuquisaca
    +591-464-42244
    Open 9am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday
  • Crecer
    Av German Mendoza 2353
    Central Sucre Sucre, Sucre
    +591-3-46913366
    Open 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 12pm Saturday

MoneyGram

La Paz

  • Banco Mercantil Santa Cruz
    Avenida. 31 De Octubre 1536
    La Paz,
    22237048
    Open 9am to 4pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday
  • Credirapido 1
    Avenida. Las Americas #24
    La Paz,
    59122263381
    Open 9am to 7:30pm Monday to Saturday

Sucre

  • BNB
    Calle Espana N 90 Zona Central
    Sucre,
    59146453055
    Open 9am to 6:30pm Monday to Saturday
  • Oasis Tours
    Calle Aniceto #95 Of. 2
    Sucre
    66432437
    Open 8am to 8pm seven days
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Tips for picking up cash in Bolivia

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade warns Australian travellers in Bolivia to exercise a high degree of caution, so keep the following tips in mind when picking up cash:

  • Don’t go alone – there’s always safety in numbers
  • Don’t visit a cash pickup branch in an area where you feel unsafe
  • Don’t visit any high-crime areas
  • Don’t display your cash in public
  • Don’t carry large sums of money around with you
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What are the steps to send money to Bolivia?

You will most likely need to do the following when you want to send money to Bolivia:

  1. Sign up for an account. Many providers offer free online account signup when you supply your name and your contact information.
  2. Enter your transaction details. You’ll need to specify where you’re sending the money, who will be receiving it, the amount you’re sending and in what currency.
  3. Submit your transfer. Once you’ve reviewed the details of your transaction you can submit your transfer request. Most companies also offer an online transaction tracking service.
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