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OrbitRemit: send money online with international money transfers from New Zealand

Send money overseas securely using the Internet and get competitive exchange rates while paying low fees.

OrbitRemit Global Money Transfer Limited is a global payment services company that began operations in October 2009. Its corporate headquarters is located in Wellington, New Zealand. This company has grown significantly since its inception, mainly because of the widespread use of the Internet.

This money transfer company lets its registered customers transfer money from bank accounts in New Zealand, Australia and the UK to 35 countries. It lets you transfer money to foreign bank accounts, and in some countries it lets recipients collect cash. Users can send money using the OrbitRemit website. A mobile app is also available.

In 2013, the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Awards recognised OrbitRemit as an emerging tech startup. It placed 81st after recording almost 400% growth. A special tie up with the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) of New Zealand allows borrowers from overseas to their IRD payments using OrbitRemit’s services for free.

OrbitRemit offers competitive exchange rates and fees for international fund transfers.

What are OrbitRemit’s exchange rates?

OrbitRemit manages to offer better exchange rates than most banks because, unlike banks, it does not have to deal with high marketing and rental costs. To view prevailing exchange rates you simply have to visit the OrbitRemit website where you can get the day’s rates for New Zealand dollars, Australian dollars and British pounds.

When you create a payment through your registered account, OrbitRemit presents an exchange rate that matches the rate quoted on its website. This is the actual rate that will apply to the transfer, provided you make the transfer immediately. OrbitRemit holds the right to cancel your payment if you don’t transfer funds to cover the transaction’s value immediately. It holds booked payments open for only two working days.

OrbitRemit updates the rates you see on its website on an ongoing basis. Below are rates it offers for the New Zealand dollar.

Buy currency OrbitRemit Exchange Rate from NZD
AUD (Australian dollar)0.8895
GBP (Great British pound sterling)0.5210
PHP (Philippine peso)35.0571
VND (Vietnamese dong)15,945.00
MYR (Malaysian Ringgit)0.5210
INR (Indian rupee)44.9848
LKR (Sri Lankan rupee)107.4954
IDR (Indonesian rupiah)9,444.7329
FJD (Fijian dollar)1.3468
NPR (Nepalese rupee)71.5575
BDT (Bangladeshi taka)58.5450
EUR (euro)0.5876
PLN (Polish zloty)2.4472
DKK (Danish krone)4.3658
NOK (Norwegian krone)5.7635
SEK (Swedish krone)5.7676
USD (US dollar)0.7060

*The rates mentioned in this table are current as of 29 December 2017.

How much does it cost to transfer money with OrbitRemit?

OrbitRemit has an ongoing promotion through which new customers don’t have to pay any fees for their first payments, and every 10th payment is fee-free as well. All other transfers attract nominal fees. This fee, as listed on the OrbitRemit website, applies to transfers between $5-$9,900. If you want to send more than $9,900, you have to get in touch with an OrbitRemit representative to find out how much it will cost.

Some banks require that you pay a receiving fee that the beneficiary bank might charge, but with OrbitRemit you don’t have to pay this fee. The table below shows you how much you’ll have to pay as fees depending on the destination country.

Destination countryFees
AustraliaNZD$5
BangladeshNZD$8
Europeno fee
FijiNZD$8
Hong KongNZD$3.99
IndiaNZD$8
IndonesiaNZD$8
MalaysiaNZD$8
NepalNZD$8
PhilippinesNZD$6
Sri LankaNZD$8
United KingdomNZD$8
United States of Americano fee
VietnamNZD$8

Minimum transfer amount and available countries

The minimum amount you can transfer through OrbitRemit is NZD$5, which is considerably less than some other money transfer companies and banks allow. You can use its services to send money to the following countries.

Asia

  • Bangladesh
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Malaysia
  • Nepal
  • Philippines
  • Sri Lanka
  • Vietnam

Europe

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom

Oceania

  • Australia
  • Fiji
  • New Zealand

Americas

  • USA

What types of transfers can you carry out with OrbitRemit?

You have the option of bundling multiple payments in a single transaction, but in such a situation you should inform OrbitRemit support staff about the same through a support message. OrbitRemit lets you set up recurring payments using automatic payment schedules, and you can make sure that funds transfer only at requested frequencies. For some types of payments, OrbitRemit allows direct debits as well.

This money transfer company lets recipients collect cash in Vietnam and Philippines. In these countries OrbitRemit can deliver cash to the recipient’s address or the recipient can collect cash from a cash pickup location.

The registration and transfer process

You have to register with OrbitRemit before you can start using its services. The registration process is easy and requires you to provide the following information.

  • Your complete name
  • Details of a local bank account that offers online banking access
  • Your email address
  • Copy of a photo ID such as your driver’s licence or passport
  • A utility bill or bank statement in your name, not more than three months old

Before you can send money overseas, you have to add funds to your OrbitRemit account, and the only way you can do this is through an electronic funds transfer from your bank account. To transfer money into your OrbitRemit account, you’ll have to use your bank’s online or phone banking platform. When you do this, you should include your eight-digit OrbitRemit customer number so the company can identify your funds.

To move forward with the international funds transfer, you can use any PC or Mac to visit and use the OrbitRemit website, and the company also offers apps that run on iOS and Android mobile devices. Once you initiate a transfer OrbitRemit keeps you posted about its progress until it gets to the recipient. The recipient, in all likelihood, should receive the money within 1-2 business days.

What are the pros and cons of using OrbitRemit?

Pros

  • Offers better exchange rates than most banks.
  • Provides a quicker turnaround time in comparison to most banks.
  • You don’t have to pay any fees to send money to the US or Europe.
  • New users don’t have to pay any fees for their first international funds transfer.
  • You can transfer as little as $5 in your local currency.

Cons

  • Lets you send money using only your bank account, and not through a credit card.
  • You can only send money using the Internet, and not through a physical location.

What other products and services does OrbitRemit offer?

If you’re overseas, OrbitRemit lets you make the following payments to New Zealand for free:

  • Work and Income payments. You can make payments to the New Zealand Ministry of Social Development from overseas. To set up these payments you need your social welfare / client number (SWN). You can transfer money to a local OrbitRemit bank account, which then makes the required payment to Work and Income New Zealand on your behalf.
  • IRD payments. You can use OrbitRemit’s services to make payments to the IRD towards child support, student loans and other types of tax payments. You can make these payments using your IRD number.
  • Ministry of Justice payments. By using your party profile number (PPN), you can pay fines and reparations imposed by the New Zealand Ministry of Justice.

Frequently asked questions

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