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Steps to send money to Nigeria

  1. Create a free account with a money transfer service and provide your name, contact information, proof of identity and bank account information if you are not sending cash.
  2. Provide contact information for your transfer recipient.
  3. Select a payment option and enter the full details of your transfer,.
  4. Keep track of the reference number or receipt you receive to monitor the progress of your transfer.
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How do international money transfers work?

An international money transfer allows you to send money to friends, family and businesses overseas. Generally, it involves you sending cash or money from your bank account to an intermediary transfer service or bank, which then exchanges and sends the money to your recipient in another country — in this case, Nigeria.

Depending on the provider, you can initiate a money transfer in person, online or by phone. Your cash or bank account transfer is then either deposited into your recipient’s bank account or made available as cash for pickup at a location in their country.

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Banks vs. money transfer companies

Many major US banks offer the option to send funds to Nigeria. But they typically charge high transfer fees and offer exchange rates that are significantly lower than the mid-market rate — or the rate banks and transfer providers use when trading among themselves.

A reputable money transfer specialist can often offer better exchange rates and charge lower fees, saving you money and putting more Nigerian naira into your recipient’s pocket.

Jonathan sends $1,000 to Nigeria

Jonathan wants to send $1,000 from the US to Nigeria to help his wife cover some of the costs associated with raising their children. His bank doesn’t send funds to Nigeria, so he is comparing the services of two money transfer companies — one that offers transfers that take place within minutes.

Money Transfer Company AMoney Transfer Company B
Exchange rate1 USD = 193.575 NGN1 USD = 193.787 NGN
Transfer fee$6$81 for money in minutes; $12 for bank account transfers
Transfer speed2 business days1 hour for money in minutes; 4 business days for bank account transfers
Transfer options
Bank account depositCash pickup, bank account deposit
Total NGN received193,575 NGN193,787 NGN

Jonathan’s comparison shows that even a small difference in exchange rates can make a noticeable difference in the amount you transfer. Transfer fees vary greatly depending on the transfer method you choose.

How to compare transfer companies when sending money to Nigeria

By comparing a few elements of your transfer, you can ensure that you get the cheapest deal for your needs.

  • Exchange rates. Nearly all providers skew exchange rates for a profit. Compare the rate you’re offered to the mid-market rate — the rate banks and transfer services use when they trade among themselves — and look for the smallest margin between them.
  • Transfer fees. Find out whether the provider charges a flat fee or a percentage of your transfer. If you’re sending a large amount, ask whether you qualify for a fee-free transfer.
  • Payment and delivery options. Some transfer companies allow you to pay with a credit card online, by phone or through an app. Others offer agent locations for cash payments and pickups. Also ask how your recipient can receive your funds: bank account, cash pickup, mobile wallet and more.
  • Transfer speed. If it needs to be there fast, companies like Western Union and MoneyGram allow for quick cash pickups, often in minutes. If you have more time, you’ll get better rates and fees with an independent provider.
  • Transfer limits. Your best option might depend on how much you want to send. For large transfers, weigh the best exchange rate — especially since providers encourage large transfers by offering low fees. For smaller amounts, consider the fees you’ll pay on top of the exchange rate.
  • “Hedging” options. Ask whether you can schedule payments ahead of time or protect your transfer against market fluctuations with a limit order or forward contract.
  • Customer support. Most companies offer customer service by Internet chat, phone, in person or by email. Make sure help will be available if you need it.

Foreign exchange rates explained

The exchange rate determines how much one country’s currency is worth in another currency. When a country’s currency is strong, it yields more money when exchanging it in a country with a weak currency.

Nigeria’s exchange rate is flexible, which means it can change from moment to moment. Factors that influence the exchange rate include interest rates, economic stability and inflation.
Currency exchange rate for Nigeria

Options for sending money to Nigeria from America

  • Bank transfers. Many major US banks will allow you to wire money to banks in Nigeria.
  • Online money transfer services. It’s simple and convenient to send an online money transfer to Nigeria from the comfort of your home.
  • Providers with cash pickup. Companies like Western Union and MoneyGram offer the option of cash pickups from thousands of agent locations across Nigeria.
  • Checks and money orders. Although not a quick option, you could send an international check overseas, obtained from your bank or US Postal Service.

If you’d like to spend time in Nigeria while minimizing your need for cash, consider using a credit card while in Nigeria.

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Emergency cash transfers in Nigeria

You might need to send an emergency cash transfer to Nigeria — for example, if a friend traveling through the country loses their wallet. But when you need to transfer funds urgently, your fastest possible transfer will often be your most expensive option.

Carefully review the exchange rate and transfer fee against your needs so that you understand exactly how much it will cost you.

Cash pickup locations

Western Union, MoneyGram and Ria provide the three largest money transfer networks in the world, with thousands of agent locations around the globe. You’ll need to pass your transaction reference number on to your recipient to allow them to pick up your funds. They’ll also need to bring along a photo ID.

Tips for picking up cash in Nigeria

Whether picking up funds in Nigeria or anywhere else around the world, take a few simple safety precautions to prevent yourself becoming a target for thieves.

  • Call ahead. Learn the company’s business hours and choose a safe time to pick up your cash. Daylight hours are best.
  • Bring a friend. Carrying money when alone can be dangerous. Ask a friend to come along.
  • Deposit your money immediately. The likelihood of losing your money to theft or simple carelessness grows the longer you have it with you. Go straight to a bank and deposit your cash as soon as possible.
  • Keep your cash hidden. Place your money in your purse or wallet before leaving the office. Carrying cash out in the open could make you a target.

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    MaryJuly 11, 2019

    Please how can I receive money from India to my Nigeria account

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      fayemanuelJuly 12, 2019Staff

      Hi Mary,

      Thanks for contacting Finder.

      Thanks for reaching out! Unfortunately, we don’t have a comparison page with a list of brands that allow you to send money from India to Nigeria. The companies listed above are available to people in the US only. You might want to check the Internet or your local area for any money transfer service provider who could accommodate your need.

      Kind Regards,

      Faye

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    NathanielJuly 4, 2019

    I want the requirement needed to transfer money from Mexico to Nigeria by bank account

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      BellaJuly 4, 2019Staff

      Hi Nathaniel,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      To make a wire transfer, you need the following details from your recipient:

      – full name
      – bank account number
      – bank routing number, SWIFT, BIC or IBAN codes (for international wire transfer)

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Bella

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    JanetMarch 18, 2019

    What is the easiest way I can receive money from Algeria while am in Nigeria

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      nikkiangcoMarch 18, 2019Staff

      Hi Janet,

      Thanks for reaching out! Unfortunately, we don’t have a comparison page with a list of brands that allow you to send money from Nigeria to Algeria. The companies listed above are available to people in the US only. You might want to check the money service providers available in Nigeroa.

      I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    AdemolaFebruary 4, 2019

    Please, I want to know the charges if I want to receive money from Somalia.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JoshuaFebruary 11, 2019Staff

      Hi Ademola,

      Thanks for getting in touch with finder. I hope all is well with you. :)

      As of now, our table doesn’t show any provider who could help you send money from the US to Somalia.

      You might want to check the Internet or your local area for any money transfer service provider who could accommodate your need.

      I hope this helps. Should you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to reach us out again.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Cheers,
      Joshua

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    FaithJanuary 2, 2019

    Please how can I receive money from Dubai into my account here in Nigeria

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      nikkiangcoJanuary 2, 2019Staff

      Hi Faith,

      Thanks for getting in touch! As of this time, we don’t have a comparison page with a list of brands that allow you to send money from Dubai to Nigeria. The companies listed above are available to people in the US. You might want to check the money service providers available in Nigeria.

      Hope this helps for the meantime.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    OLABODEDecember 2, 2018

    how can i transfer money from mexico to nigeria by using your services

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      nikkiangcoDecember 3, 2018Staff

      Hi Olabode,

      Thanks for getting in touch! As of this time, we don’t have a comparison page with a list of brands that allow you to send money from Mexico to Nigeria. The companies listed above are available to people in the US only. You might want to check the money service providers available in Mexico.

      I’m sorry I couldn’t be of more help to you this time. Feel free to message us again if you have any questions.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    EddieNovember 24, 2018

    Hi, A friend tried sending money to me via worldremit a couple of times but somehow when ever it gets to the stage where she has to input her payment method, it somehow falls through. Please I’d like to know what’s happening

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      AshNovember 24, 2018Staff

      Hello Eddie,

      Thank you for reaching out to us.

      Your friend may try the troubleshooting steps below:

      *switch to a different browser
      *update the browser
      *use a different device – laptop or desktop
      *check the internet connection – kindly ensure that the sender has a stable and strong internet connection
      *check the balance of the payment method – there should be enough funds for the amount to be sent as well as fees (if there are any)

      If the error still persist, your friend may contact WorldRemit directly through their ‘Contact Us’ page on their website.

      I hope this helps.

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

      Cheers,
      Ash

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    NmaNovember 10, 2018

    I want to transfer money from my Wells Fargo account to an account in Nigeria. I want to transfer money from my Wells Fargo account to an account in Nigeria.

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      joelmarceloNovember 15, 2018

      Hi Nma,

      Thanks for leaving a question on finder.

      Unfortunately, you can not transfer to Nigeria using Wells Fargo international money transfer since they only support 13 countries and Nigeria is not on the list. You can instead read the guide and comparison above on other options in sending money to Nigeria.

      Please send me a message if you need anything else. :)

      Cheers,
      Joel

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    BiggestOctober 29, 2018

    A friend wants to send me money from the US, can she use Western Union or MoneyGram to send it online without going to the store? Does he have to create an account online with the sending company And when will the money be available in here for cash pick? Thank you.

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      JhezOctober 30, 2018Staff

      Hello,

      Thank you for your comment.

      Yes, your friend can use Western Union or MoneyGram to send money without going somewhere, just go to the money transfer’s website to start the transfer. An account may be required to be able to make the transfer. The transfer may take within minutes up to 5 business days depending on the transfer.

      Should you wish to have real-time answers to your questions, try our chat box on the lower right corner of our page.

      Regards,
      Jhezelyn

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    UniqueOctober 18, 2018

    Why is it that sending money to Nigeria from Cuba is not working since Saturday to date, does it mean there’s no Western Union in Cuba
    He tried sending to my account direct yet no way please help

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      AnndyOctober 22, 2018Staff

      Hi Unique,

      Thanks for your question.

      I can confirm that there are Western Union agent locations in Cuba where the sender could send money to Nigeria. Kindly note though that the typical transfer speed for Western Union is 3 to 5 days.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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