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Send money to Tanzania

Find the best way to transfer money from the United States to Tanzania.

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Looking for the best way to send money from the United States to family, friends or businesses in Tanzania (or even to your own bank account)? Don't head straight to your American bank - turn to online money transfer services instead. They nearly always offer better exchange rates and lower fees - which means for the same amount of dollars you send, the recipient will receive more shillings.

Compare ways of sending money to Tanzania

Use our table below to compare services that send money from America to Tanzania. Compare the money transfer providers' fees and speeds, then click "Go to site" when you've found the best one to send your US Dollars to Tanzania.

Name Product Filter Values Fastest Transfer Speed Fees (Pay by Bank Transfer) Learn More
OFX
24 hours
$0

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OFX has no maximum limit transfers, with competitive exchange rates for 45+ currencies.
Dunbridge Financial
Dunbridge Financial
24 hours
$0

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Dunbridge Financial offers competitive exchange rates and zero fees on transfers to more than 120 countries.
CurrencyTransfer
24 hours
$0
SPECIAL OFFER ✓ Minimum transfer of $1,000 for Finder readers (normally £5,000)

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Exclusive: Minimum transfer of $1,000 for Finder readers (normally $5,000).
CurrencyTransfer lets you shop around for the best exchange rate on its online marketplace.
XE
Within minutes
$3

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XE has fast transfers with low fees and a range of foreign currency tools.
Wise (TransferWise)
Within an hour
From $2.26

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Wise uses the mid-market rate and transparent fees to help you send money in 45+ currencies.
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.
WorldRemit
Within an hour
From $1.99

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Use code Take10USD to get $10 off when you spend $20. Valid till 31 January 2022. T&Cs apply.
WorldRemit sends money to 110+ countries for bank-to-bank deposits, cash pick-ups or mobile top-ups.
OFX International Money Transfers (Business)
24 hours
$0

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Business customers: Send safe, no-limit transfers with no fees and competitive exchange rates.
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How to send money to Tanzania from the United States

Here's our simple process for sending a money transfer to Tanzania as a cash pickup or bank transfer - the two options are similar:

  1. Compare your options. Use our table above to find a money transfer provider that sends USD to Tanzania. One may be better for cash pickups while another might be better suited to a bank transfer. Once you've found the best one for your requirements, click Go to site.
  2. Register for an account. You'll need to give your name, address, contact details, proof of ID and method of payment.
  3. Provide recipient details. Enter your recipient's name and contact information. If you're sending straight to their Tanzanian bank account, you'll need the account number, SWIFT or IBAN plus their bank branch's address.
  4. Enter the transfer amount. Check you're happy with the fees, exchange rates and transfer speed, then enter the amount you wish to send. Many services give the amount of Tanzanian Shilling your recipient should receive, so double check this.
  5. Complete your transfer. Send your money transfer to Tanzania. Keep any reference number safe so you can track your transfer - your recipient may need it too.

If you send to a Tanzanian bank account, your recipient just needs to wait for the funds to arrive. For a cash pick up, your Tanzanian recipient will need to show some form of photo ID in order to pick up the funds. It's also important that you give them the transaction reference number to streamline the process.

For larger transfer amounts, you may need to phone the agent location to ensure it has enough cash available.

Ways to send and receive money

How to decide which option is best for you to send money to Tanzania.
  • Bank deposit. Most major banks in America let you wire money to banks in Tanzania. However, you might get weaker exchange rates and pay higher fees all for the privilege of a slower transfer.
  • Online money transfer services. Online companies like OFX and Dunbridge Financial make international money transfers to Tanzania easy with bank transfers or cell phone top ups often offered as easy delivery options.
  • Transfer agents across America. Many transfer providers have locations dotted all across America, making it easy for you to send money that can be easily picked up in similar agent locations in Tanzania.
  • Checks and money orders. If speed is not an issue, you can always pick up an international check from your bank or the US Postal Service to send to Tanzania.
  • Cash pick-up. Remitly and WorldRemit allow you to collect cash, even if you don't have a bank account in Tanzania.
  • Bank deposit. If you have a Tanzanian bank account, you can have money transferred directly into this without having to make any trips to a money transfer agent location.
  • PayPal. The Xoom app allows you to receive money from the United States onto your cell phone, into your Tanzanian bank account, or as a cash pick-up.
  • Checks and money orders. Both personal checks and money orders can be sent directly to you where you live but these tend to be the slower options.

What documents do I need to transfer money to Tanzania?

To send money from the United States to Tanzania, you'll need the following:

1. Photo identification

Most providers require a driver's license, passport or other American government-issued ID. You can send transfers without ID but may need to give your instead.

2. Payment method

Your options depend on the provider's services. Popular methods include cash, debit or credit card payments, bank account transfers and personal checks.

3. Recipient information

You'll need their name (matching their ID) plus contact details. If sending to a Tanzanian bank account, you'll need the a/c number, SWIFT and branch details.

What documents do I need to receive money in Tanzania?

To collect money in person in Tanzania, the recipient will need:

1. Transfer number

The reference number - sometimes called a PIN, MTCN or tracking number.

2. Government-issued ID

A official ID, such as an Tanzanian passport or driving license.

3. The transfer amount

To know how much has been sent, usually to within 10% of the total.

4. Sender information

The sender's name and address and the country from where the money was sent.

How much does it cost to send money to Tanzania from America?

The cost of sending money to Tanzania from the United States depends on the exchange rate between USD to TZS, the fees, how you want your recipient to receive your transfer and the turnaround time:

  • Exchange rates. The mid-market rate is the rate banks and transfer services use to trade between one another. It is the best rate that you can get. But not all money transfer providers offer you this mid-market rate so compare the exchange rate you're offered to the mid-market rate and look for the smallest difference.
  • Transfer fees. Are you being charged a flat fee or a percentage of your transfer amount? For example, a provider offering to transfer your money to Tanzania for a flat or low fee might work out better if you plan to send a large amount.
  • Transfer speed. If you need your transfer to arrive quickly, you can pay for a quick delivery. Companies such as Remitly and WorldRemit offer instant cash pickups but may charge more. If you're not in a rush, online money transfer services can offer the best value, usually getting your money to Tanzania faster and cheaper than banks.
  • Transfer limits. Find out how much you can send with each service. For example, one provider may have a send limit of $10,000 while another may allow you to transfer up to $1 million. For smaller transfers, check the fees. For large transfers, look harder at the exchange rate. Some providers encourage large transfers with low fees.
  • Transfer type. Does your recipient have a Tanzanian bank account or is cash or cell phone top up the better option? Each transfer type will have different fees. For example, instant cash pickups tend to be more expensive than bank transfers.
  • Discounts. Some providers may offer you a free transfer simply for signing up while others may offer you a discount if you transfer more than a certain amount.
Looking for the best exchange rate? Discover the USD/TZS exchange rate rates and historical changes

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    EvansDecember 11, 2019

    Where do you get money in Tanzania meant with bank person will go to get money after send? Send me more information. We know when we use western union service where will get money. How about your services?

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      nikkiangcoDecember 12, 2019

      Hi Evans,

      Thanks for your comment, hope you are well.

      Money transfer providers assist in transferring money from one point to another. The receiver can either, get money at their agent’s location or have the money deposited to their account. Our page shows the money transfers you can use to send money to Tanzania. To get started comparing your options, read through the providers above by transfer speed, fees, currency exchange and money received.

      When sending money – it’s important to check the exchange rate beforehand to maximize the funds to be exchanged.

      Also, read through the transfer process of the provider such as transfer fees, transfer options and transfer speed to set expectations for the receiver. Take note of any reference or tracking numbers should any transaction delays come up during the transit. A friendly reminder, exchange rates vary on a daily basis, the rate today may differ from the rate tomorrow. Observe the fluctuations of exchange rates more frequently days before you exchange your money.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    josephJanuary 28, 2019

    whats the best way to transfer money from china Wenzhou to Kenya.

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      johnbasanesJanuary 29, 2019Staff

      Hi Joseph,

      Thank you for reaching out to finder.

      Based on our comparison website of money sending companies on this guide, you may want to check up on RIA, WorldRemit or XE money transfer. Please note that sending money to Kenya would require your recipient to physically go to the agent location to receive the amount. Hope this helps!

      Cheers,
      Reggie

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    NurdinDecember 5, 2018

    Someone in India wants to send me money in Tanzania via my Vodacom M-Pesa account! which will the best way do it?

    Where can get a WorldRemit branch in India?

    is WorldRemit work in India?

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      JoshuaDecember 9, 2018Staff

      Hi Nurdin,

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

      We currently don’t have a page that lists providers who specifically send money from India to Tanzania. However, you can start your search using this page. Above, you could see a list of providers that could help you. Once you find the right provider, click on its “Go to site” green button. From there, you can then check if they handle transfers from India to Tanzania.

      Regarding the Vodacom M-Pesa account, yes, it is possible to use this to make a transfer. With this method, you can receive money from abroad via Moneygram international transfer, directly into their M-Pesa accounts. However, please note that we are not permitted to provide specific recommendations and so, I can’t tell you which one is the best choice for you. What you can do is compare fees and see which provider offers the best rates.

      Regarding WorldRemit, transfers are done online. You can visit their website to initiate your money transfer.

      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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    CarolynNovember 29, 2018

    I have been told that paypal does not allow payments to be received in Tanzania. Please clarify

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      nikkiangcoDecember 6, 2018

      Hi Carolyn,

      Thanks for reaching out to us! Upon checking, users are unable to receive payments with PayPal for Tanzania. That feature is blocked because of intl banking rules and regulations. You may find other ways to send money to Tanzania using the information above. Hope this helps and feel free to reach out again, we’re standing by.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    JuliusOctober 13, 2018

    Does world first work as payoneer for I want to be paid online from platforms such as clickbank and am looking for an alternative to payoneer can this work for I am in Tanzania

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      JoshuaOctober 17, 2018Staff

      Hi Julius,

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

      WorldFirst and Payoneer aren’t the same and they provide different services and feature. If you want to get paid online, you would need to ask your payer if WorldFirst could be one of their payment methods.

      Regarding Clickbank, I checked and WorldFirst isn’t specifically mentioned as one of the payment methods. Their page mentioned you can get paid through direct deposit, wire transfer, check, and Payoneer. However, there’s an option where you can contact ClickBank Accounting department to inquire about the WorldFirst and check if it is possible.

      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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