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Can I send money to someone in Sudan?

Sanctions were lifted on Sudan in 2017, but money transfer providers have been slow to return.

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The US Department of State removed sanctions on Sudan in 2017, but money transfer companies have been slow to enter the market. In a 2017 press statement, Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert wrote:

“Today, the United States decided to revoke economic sanctions with respect to Sudan and the Government of Sudan under Executive Orders 13067 and 13412, in recognition of the Government of Sudan’s sustained positive actions to maintain a cessation of hostilities in conflict areas in Sudan, improve humanitarian access throughout Sudan, and maintain cooperation with the United States on addressing regional conflicts and the threat of terrorism.”

In short, this means that although you’re legally allowed to send remittances to Sudan, it’s still up to money transfer companies to support the corridor. For more information, refer to the US Department of State Sudan sanctions page.

How to send money to Sudan

Although the US lifted sanctions on Sudan in 2017, money transfer companies have been slow to return to the market. Of major money transfer companies, Western Union is one of few currently offering to send money to Sudan. Our Western Union review explores fees, sending limits, payment methods and more to help you send your transfer to Sudan.

You must send money for cash pickup to Sudan through Western Union. To do so, you’ll need to:

  1. Register for a Western Union account, if you don’t already have one.
  2. Select the Western Union agent location you want to deliver money to.
  3. Choose how you want to pay.

You can send this transfer from online or at a Western Union agent location — either way you’ll need valid ID and enough money to cover both the transfer and associated fees.

Can I send USD to Sudan?

No, the only supported currency for transfers to Sudan is the Sudanese pound. Additionally, USD cannot easily be spent in Sudan so do not send cash to your recipient in the mail.

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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