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How to send money to Sudan

You have options when you send money Sudan. Do you know which one works best for you?

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Sending money to someone in Sudan can seem like a complex process, especially if you aren’t sure where to start. Even if you can’t find a bank that can exchange your dollars for Sudanese pounds, there are still ways to get the money your recipient needs to them without spending a huge amount in fees.

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How do I compare transfer companies when sending money to Sudan?

  • Exchange rate and fees. Some money transfer companies offer highly competitive exchange rates, but make up for it by charging high fees. You may also find companies that offer no-fee services but provide unfavorable exchange rates. Comparing how much money the recipient stands to receive should give you a clear picture of the better deal.
  • Ways to send money. See if your money transfer company will allow you to make a transfer online, in person or over the phone. Some even have stores you can visit to send money in person.
  • Ways to receive money. Check how your recipient can get their funds. A bank account deposit is normal, but if your recipient doesn’t have access to a bank account, there are also cash pickup options.
  • Turnaround time. Money transfer companies tend to process electronic fund transfers more quickly than banks. And if you’re sending money to a cash pickup location, the transfer can go through in minutes.
  • Transfer options. If you plan to send money to Sudan periodically and don’t want to go through the entire process every time, consider using the services of a money transfer company that lets you make scheduled payments.
  • Minimum transfer amounts. While some money transfers companies have no minimum transfer limits in place, others won’t let you send less than $500 or $1,000.

Case Study:Banks vs. money transfer companies

Suleyman Abbas recently got a job in the US and has decided he needs to start sending some money back home to his aging parents in Sudan. He plans to send around $1,000 every month. Because the Sudanese pound is an exotic currency, he knows his bank likely won’t be able to make a transfer to his father. However, he was able to compare a few money transfer companies that could make the exchange.

Money transfer service 1Money transfer service 2
Exchange rate1 = 18.05 SDG1 = 18.00 SDG
Transfer fee$25$0
Transfer optionsCash pickupBank account
Transfer time1 day1 to 2 days
Amount received for $1,00018,050 SDG18,000 SDG

Suleyman decides to go with the second transfer company. The different in exchange rate is minimal and he saves $25 in fees. And since the money is deposited directly into his father’s account, he won’t have to make the trip to pick up cash.

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What are my options for sending money to Sudan from the US?

  • Banks. Find out if your bank lets you transfer funds to a Sudanese bank account. If it does, you may be able to initiate the process by visiting a branch, through online banking or over the phone. Purchasing a money order from your bank and mailing it is also an option, but will generally be quite slow.
  • Non-banks. You can use the services of a money transfer company like Western Union to send money to Sudan. You can also send money via PayPal, provided both you and the recipient have PayPal accounts.

Foreign exchange rates explained

Exchange rate is a tool used by banks and international companies to determine how much one currency is worth when traded for another. A strong currency like the US dollar will generally yield more when exchanged for a weak currency like the Sudanese pound, though the exact amount is flexible based on the economies of both countries.

What are the steps to send money to Sudan?

  1. Find a money transfer company that can send money to Sudan.
  2. Register with the company by providing information about yourself.
  3. Start a transfer and select how much you want to send.
  4. Enter information about your recipient and pay for your transfer.
  5. Save your tracking number to keep tabs on your transfer’s progress.

The number of providers that send money to Sudan are limited, but you can still use a company like Western Union to complete a quick transfer. The steps will vary, but in general, they will follow similar steps.


Emergency cash transfers to Sudan

Things can get pricey when you need to send an emergency transfer. You may have a hard time finding a company that can process a money transfer request to Sudan quickly, and if you do, the company may charge high fees for the privilege. Compare the rates and fees you get to be sure you aren’t losing out.

Tips for picking up cash in Sudan

Picking up cash from a transfer agent in Sudan? Follow a few simple steps to ensure that you and your money stay safe:

  • Avoid any areas where crime is known to be a problem.
  • Keep your wallet and/or bag safe and secure at all times.
  • Take a friend along to provide additional security and peace of mind.
  • Don’t flash your cash around in public.
  • Don’t carry large sums of money around for any longer than is absolutely necessary.

Bottom line

The Sudanese pound is an exotic currency that has recently dropped in value. While this means you’ll be able to send more to your recipient, it also means you may have a harder time finding a company that is willing to make the transfer. Carefully consider your options and read up on the money transfer process to learn how to spot a good deal.

Cash pickup locations in Sudan

Money transfer companies like Western Union let you send money to cash pickup centers in Sudan. When collecting money from any cash pickup center, you’ll need to provide a suitable form of ID such as your passport or driver’s license. If the transfer involves a large sum, you may want to call the center in advance to ensure availability of funds.

Western Union

  • Khartoum

Parliament Branch
Alnijomi Street
Khartoum
Open 7:30am to 10pm, Monday to Sunday
+249-183-764490

  • Alsagana Branch

Alhuria Street
Khartoum
Open 7:30am to 10pm, Monday to Sunday
+249-183-764490

  • Omdurman

Omdurman Branch
Almourada Street
Omdurman
Open 7:30am to 10pm, Monday to Sunday
+249-183-764490

  • Souk Libya Branch

Souk Libya
P.O. Box 2056
Omdurman
Open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Thursday, closed on Friday,
Open 9am to 4pm Saturday and Sunday
+249-187-582187

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