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Send money to Burundi

Take advantage of low fees and competitive exchange rates when sending money to Burundi.

When you need to get money to a loved one in Burundi, you don’t have time for a tedious and costly process. If you compare the transfer fees and exchange rates of your different options you can find the best deal. From bank transfers and online transactions to options that allow recipients to collect your funds within minutes, sending an international money transfer to Burundi is easy.

Send money to Burundi with WorldRemit

WorldRemit sends money to 110+ countries for bank-to-bank deposits, cash pick-ups or mobile top-ups.

  • No minimum transfers.
  • Wide range of destinations.
  • Competitive exchange rate.
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Compare Money Transfer Services

Our table lets you compare the services you can use to send money abroad. Compare services on transfer speeds and fees, then click Go to site when you're ready to send.
Name Product Filter Values Fastest Transfer Speed Fees (Pay by Bank Transfer) Learn More
XE
Within minutes
$3

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XE has fast transfers with low fees and a range of foreign currency tools.
WorldRemit
Within an hour
From $1.99

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WorldRemit sends money to 110+ countries for bank-to-bank deposits, cash pick-ups or mobile top-ups.
Remitly
Within minutes
From $0
SPECIAL OFFER ✓ Free transfers and better exchange rates available for new customers

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Special offers like free transfers and better exchange rates available for new customers.
Remitly has quick, affordable transfers around the world, with both express and economy options.
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Best ways to send money to Burundi

Online money transfer providers typically offer the strongest exchange rates and lowest fees on money transfers to Burundi. Some offer cash pickup in as little as a few minutes, while others transfer to bank accounts.

1. Digital money transfer services

Companies like XE and Ria specialize in foreign currencies, making them some of the most cost-effective ways to send money to Burundi. Most offer transfers directly to your recipient's bank account in Burundi, often in as little as a day or two.
  • Why? Digital money transfer services are cheaper because they exist online and don't have as many employees or physical locations.

2. Cash transfers

Services like Remitly and WorldRemit allow you to transfer cash for pickup at a local branch in Burundi— 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.
  • Why? Picking up cash is more expensive because more people are involved.

3. Banks

The Burundian franc may be offered by your bank, but beware of high fees and wide margins on the exchange rate. Compare bank transfers to digital services and other options before sending a wire transfer to Burundi.
  • Why? Banks offer money transfers as a secondary service so don't strive to offer competitive prices.

Let's crunch the numbers: Sending $1,000 to Burundi

Let's say you need to send $1,000 to family in Burundi. Here's what you might face as far as fees and exchange rates using today's rate of 1 USD = 1.000 BIF.
Digital money transfer service Cash transfer Bank transfer
Fee $0 $0 $25 + additional correspondent bank fees
Exchange rate 1 USD = 0.997 BIF 1 USD = 0.995 BIF 1 USD = 0.950 BIF
Transfer speed 1-2 days Minutes 2-5 days
Amount received BIF$997 BIF$995 BIF$926
Verdict
  • Best value
  • Fastest
  • Slowest and most expensive

The bank option ends up being the slowest and gets the smallest amount of money to your recipient in Burundi. A digital transfer sends the most, which is BIF$71 more than the bank. For speed, a cash transfer can typically have your transfer to Burundi in as little as 15 minutes. Make sure there's a cash pickup location near your recipient before sending.

How to send money to Burundi online

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

  1. Sign up for a free account. Compare and pick a provider before signing 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 bank account details in Burundi.
  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 Burundi. Some money transfer providers send a text or email when your transfer is complete.

Get the most out of your money transfer to Burundi

Weigh costs and fees against convenience to best compare money transfer providers that send to Burundi. Consider:

  • Exchange rates. The USD–BIF relationship fluctuates, so using a service that allows you to lock in exchange prices may help you save money down the line if the Burundian franc rises against the US dollar.
  • 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 USD–BIF 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 Burundian francs you're sending to Burundi.
  • 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 Burundi.
  • 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 bank account in Burundi or picked up as cash at a local agent, narrow down a company that matches your preferred delivery method.

How to send money to Burundi without a bank account

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 Burundian francs without a bank account.

Emergency cash transfer

When urgency trumps cost to get your money to Burundi 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.

Burundi's exchange rates explained

Banks and money transfer companies use exchange rate to calculate how much Burundi's currency is worth when converted to USD. The USD-BIF relationship can change daily based on global economic stability, interest rates, inflation and more.

Today's exchange rate USD to BIF

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Updated: 15 Oct 2021 19:30:55 UTC

What to watch out for

Sending money to relatives or family members in Burundi may be subject to taxes on the money transfer and certain documents may be required.

Taxes on transfers to Burundi

In general, any large transfers being sent from the US to Burundi should be filed with the IRS to avoid any penalties.

Required information

Receiving money in Burundi:

  • Transfer confirmation details like a transfer number, an MTCN, a reference number or a tracking number, depending on the company.
  • Government-issued ID like a passport or similar official ID may be required to pick up your transfer.
  • Sender's information. Take along your sender's full name, the sending country and their address, if known.

Sending to Burundi from the US:

  • Proof of identification like a government-issued ID or your SSN number.
  • Recipient information like their name, address and bank account information in Burundi.

Bottom line

Sending your hard-earned money to Burundi shouldn't cost a fortune. Compare money transfer companies that specialize 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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    NyaoAugust 28, 2018

    Hello! If I send money in dollar, can he or her get it same in dollar without exchanging in BIF ? How much rate cost to send dollar from Kenya to Burundi? How if from me to him no one has account?

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      AshAugust 29, 2018

      Hi Nyao,

      Thank you for contacting finder.

      Yes, your recipient can receive the money in the same currency that you sent it. First, you will need to reach out to the Money Transfer Agency which you will use to confirm if they have sufficient amount for the currency that you prefer on their counterpart office where the recipient will pick up the money.

      The rate will also depend on the Money Transfer Agency and the amount that you will send. You may inquire to them directly to know the details and if they require an account with them for you to take advantage of their services.

      I hope this helps.

      Let us know if there is anything else that I may assist you with.

      Cheers,
      Ash

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