With straight-forward fees, this is a viable option for transferring money abroad.
Don’t overlook the US Postal Service for international transfers. It offers convenient ways to send money orders to 28 countries and wire transfers throughout Central and South America.
Send small amounts easily with money orders and wire transfers
One-off payments are fairly inexpensive and easy to send with USPS. Should you be sending to one of the 10 countries serviced in Central or South America you can also securely wire funds to a participating bank.
USPS is best for:
- Small payments. Low maximums, from $500–$1,500 depending on the location and method, and a limited selection of options makes USPS best for smaller transactions.
- No-rush money orders. Money orders are sent by mail to the recipient.
- Safety. Both money orders and wire transfers are secure. A lost or stolen money order can be replaced for just $6.45.
How much does it cost to transfer money using USPS?
Fees are fairly straightforward when sending money through USPS:
- Money orders. $8.55
- Sure Money purchases up to $750. $12.20
- Sure Money purchases between $750 and $1,500. $18.45
- Sure Money refunds. $27.95
- Sure Money change of recipient. $13.45
Recipients are not charged for wire transfer using Sure Money.
What types of transfers can I make with USPS?
You have two options when it comes to transferring money with USPS:
- Money orders. Purchase and mail a money order.
- Straight-to-bank. Use Sure Money to wire money directly to a participating bank.
Available currencies and countries
Availability depends on if you’re sending via money order or wire transfer.
The following countries accept USPS money orders:
- Antigua and Barbuda
- British Virgin Islands
- Cape Verde
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Saint Kitts and Nevis
- Saint Lucia
- Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
- Sierra Leone
- Trinidad and Tobago
Wire money to the following countries and banks:
- Argentina – BBVA Banco Frances
- Colombia – Banco Davivienda and BBVA Colombia
- Dominican Republic – Banco Providencial and Banco Del Progresso
- Ecuador – Banco Guayaquil, Banco del Austro and Banco Internacional
- El Salvador – Banco Agricola, Banco Credomatic, Banco HSBC El and Saladoreno
- Guatemala – Banco Industrial, Elektra–Azteca and Banco de Desarrollo Rural
- Honduras – Banco Ficohsa, Elektra–Azteca and Banco Mercantil. BAMER S.A.
- Mexico – Banco BanCoppel, Elektra Mexico and Telecom
- Nicaragua – Banco BanCoppel and Banco Credomatic
- Peru – Banco Interbank and BBVA-Banco Continental
What are the transfer limits?
International money orders attract a maximum limit of $700 each — this drops to $500 if you are sending funds to El Salvador or Guyana. The maximum you can send through Sure Money is $1,500 per day.
Looking to send more than $700? Check out these international money transfer services.
How do I send money overseas with USPS?
- Locate a Post Office with money order or Sure Money services.
- Go to the Post Office.
- Request the money order or wire transfer.
Have the recipient’s name and address ready to expedite the process. Sure Money comes with a 15-minute guarantee. The sale fee can be refunded by your request if the money is not transferred within 15 minutes.
What is USPS?
The US Postal Service was established in 1775 and has grown alongside the rest of America. From the first postage stamps issued in 1847 to the free USPS.com iPhone app in 2009, USPS continues to adapt to the evolving needs of the United States.
What other products does USPS offer?
- Mail services. USPS handles a remarkable 40% of the world’s total mail volume.
- Online shipping. Pay for, print and ship your items from anywhere in the US.
- Gifts. USPS offers a wide range of affordable gifts through its Postal Store.
- Passports. USPS accepts passport applications on behalf of the US State Department.
What do customers say about USPS?
Since USPS is a government agency it’s not rated on the Better Business Bureau website, and complaints aren’t accepted for it. TrustPilot accepts reviews, and as of this writing USPS has a rating of “bad” and a TrustScore of 1.3 out of 10. Complaints tend to focus on delivery and customer service issues.
You can reach USPS customer service at 1-800-275-8777. In the case of missing money orders you’ll have to head to your local USPS location and fill out the form required to submit an inquiry.