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Send money to Swaziland
Save on your transfer to the country formerly known as Swaziland.
If your recipient needs money immediately, a cash transfer is the fastest option. But if you have a little more time, you can save by using an online transfer provider.
Eswatini vs. Swaziland
In April of 2018, King Mswati III officially renamed Swaziland as Eswatini. As the name change is still relatively new, many people still use the country’s former name. But whether the transfer company you use lists Swaziland or Eswatini, your money will go to the same place.
Compare money transfer services for Eswatini
The table below shows some of the different options available for sending money to Eswatini. Enter your desired amount and currency into the table and it will do the math to work out how much each option will cost.
How to send money to Eswatini in a few simple steps
- Choose your service.
Compare your transfer options to find the one that’s right for you, then head to the transfer service’s website. Consider the limits and payment options of each provider to make sure it’s right for you.
- Create an account.
This usually involves providing and confirming an email address and providing some identification.
- Choose how you want your money delivered.
Different options include cash pickup, bank transfer and mobile money app payments. Availability will vary between providers.
- Fill out the transaction details.
This includes the transfer amount, the currency you’re sending and the recipient’s information.
- Review the details.
Double check all the details to make sure everything is correct.
- Send your money.
The money will be deposited into your recipient’s account or available for collection in Eswatini.
- Wait for confirmation.
You’ll typically receive email or SMS confirmation when your payment has been received, when the money is on its way and when it’s been received.
How to compare money transfer services
- Exchange rates. The exchange rate can be very different for different providers. Check how many emalangeni (SZL) you will get per US dollar sent. South African rand (ZAR) is also accepted in Eswatini, so if the rates are better that may be a more cost-effective currency to send.
- Fees. Check how much the provider charges in fees. While flat fees can be advantageous for large transfers, percentage-based fees tend to be cheaper for smaller transfers.
- Payment options. You may have to pick a different provider depending on whether you want to pay with credit card, bank transfer, cash deposit or other option.
- Pickup methods. Consider whether you want the money transfer provider to deposit the money directly into your recipient’s bank account, make it available for pickup or send it to their mobile money app.
- Transfer times. How long does the transfer take? If you want the money to arrive as quickly as possible you may need to pay extra.
- Limits. Money transfer services will have different money limits for different countries. Make sure the limits work for you.
- Customer service. Who do you contact if something goes wrong? Make sure you know how to contact your provider’s customer service line, along with which timezone they’re in and when they’re available.
Exchange rates explained
Exchange rates refer to how much of one currency you can get for another. If you get 15 Swazi emalangeni for 1 US dollar, the exchange rate can be expressed as 1 USD = 15 SZL.
Different services will often have different exchange rates. For example, one provider might offer 1 USD = 14.5 SZL, while another might offer 1 USD = 14.9 SZL.
Even if that first provider has higher fees, it could still be more cost-effective than the second, especially for larger transfers.
When sending money to Eswatini, you may also want to check the USD to ZAR (South African rand) exchange rates. SZL is pegged 1:1 to ZAR, and ZAR is accepted in Eswatini, but the USD/SZL and USD/ZAR rates might be different.
Below you can see the current USD to SZL and ZAR exchange rates, updated daily.
How can I send money to Eswatini?
Options for sending money include:
- Bank transfer. You can see if your bank offers money transfers for Eswatini. Availability will vary between banks, as will the currencies they offer. You’ll also typically pay higher fees and get worse rates than you would when making the same transfer through a dedicated money transfer service instead.
- PayPal and other apps. Certain payment providers will also help you send money to Eswatini. PayPal is one of them. But like banks, availability may vary and the rates and fees will often be higher than you’d pay with other services.
- Specialist money transfer service. Dedicated money transfer providers will typically offer some of the lowest fees and the most favorable exchange rates on the market.
- Cash pickup services. Some international payment providers will have cash pickup locations around Eswatini, where transfers can be collected as cash.
- International check. You may be able to get an international check from your bank, which can be filled out and mailed to your recipient in Eswatini.
How long will it take to send money to Eswatini?
Your transfer can take anywhere from a few minutes to a week to arrive — it can vary widely depending on the situation. Certain banks may be faster than others, while making a cash transfer or a mobile money payment and avoiding bank transfers entirely may also help cut down the transfer time.
Emergency cash transfer
If you need to send money to Eswatini fast, a cash transfer is often the most efficient option.
While the fees may be higher, it may be the only option for sending money to Eswatini in a timely manner. The funds can be picked up from one of the provider locations in the country.
How to send money to Eswatini without a bank account
Even if you don’t have a bank account, you can still use cash transfer services without a problem. Your recipient can likewise pick up funds without issue even if they don’t have a bank account.
Cash transfer services are widely available around the world and it’s easy to find your nearest cash transfer location online. However, the rates and fees can vary by location.
Tips for picking up cash in Eswatini
Petty theft and robbery can happen anywhere, and are more prevalent in busy towns and tourist areas.
- Don’t pick up money alone.
- Pick up money in a busy area during the day.
- Be mindful of pickpockets or others who may have seen you pick up the money.
Cash pickup locations in Eswatini
Eswatini isn’t a popular transfer location, which means that your options for sending money are limited. If you want to be able to compare more providers and shop for better rates, consider sending ZAR instead. And to get the best deal, compare money transfer companies before getting started.