How to send money to Mali

Compare your options before sending money to Mali and see if you can save on your next transfer.

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When you need to send funds to République du Mali, it’s a good idea to compare your options to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

This guide will take you through everything you need to know to send a fast, secure and cost-effective money transfer to Mali.

Sanctions in Mali

Mali is subject to international sanctions due to a fragile security situation in the country. At the time of writing, you are still able to send money to Mali but may need to provide additional information to ensure it’s not in violation of sanctions.

How much does it cost to send money to Mali? Compare your options

The table below shows how much it may cost to send money to Mali with different options. Enter your transfer details into the calculator section and it will run the numbers to find the cost.

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
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Step-by-step: How to send money to Mali

  1. Compare transfer services that send to Mali and pick one that suits your needs.
  2. Head to its website and sign up for an account.
  3. Enter your transfer details and make the payment.

What’s the best way to send money to Mali?

Options for sending money from New Zealand to Mali are very limited. There are several different ways of sending money to this West African nation, however. The main options are:

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Money transfer services

Money transfer services are often characterised by a wide range of payment and pick-up options, and more competitive rates and fees than traditional banks.

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Cash transfers

You can make funds available as a cash pick-up in Mali. This is fast but will often involve poorer exchange rates and higher fees.

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Banks

You may be able to send money to Mali through your bank. This is reliable but will often be one of the slower and more expensive options.

Let’s crunch the numbers: Sending $1,000 to Mali

The table below shows how much it costs to use a cash transfer service and the bank deposit option of a money transfer service when sending $1,000 to Mali.

Transfer service 1Transfer service 2
Fee$25$14.99
Exchange rateNZD$1 = XOF392.497NZD$1 = XOF399.856
Transfer speedWithin minutes1–2 days
Total francs receivedXOF382,684XOF393,862 XOF
OverallXOF11,178 lessXOF11,178 more

Although it’s faster, the cash transfer service also has higher fees and worse rates. Your recipient will get the money sooner with the cash transfer service but they’ll also get XOF 11,178 (about $27) less.

How long will it take to send money to Mali?

How long it takes to send money to Mali depends on your transfer service and how you’re sending the money.

Generally, if you’re looking for speed, it’s best to avoid bank transfers when making your payment as these can take 1–2 days each. If you pay by card for the recipient to pick up as cash, your transfer may be available in minutes.

Emergency cash transfer

If you want to send money to Mali as fast as possible, you may want to look for services that let you pay with cash or card for the recipient to pick up as cash or through mobile money. The most popular ones include Western Union and MoneyGram.

How to send money to Mali without a bank account

You can still use cash transfer services and pay in person, without a bank account. Your recipient can also pick up cash transfers without a bank account.

What to watch out for

Mali is under sanctions by the United Nations Security Council which means you may need to provide some extra information when sending money there.

But there are still options for sending money to Mali. Mobile subscriptions are rising in Mali and mobile money services are becoming more popular. Sending funds to a recipient through these servicesis increasingly a fast and cheap way of making payments.

Documentation you’ll need to send money to Mali

You will need to provide certain information and documentation when sending money to Mali, including:

  • Identification. You will need to provide details about yourself as well as identification to verify it.
  • Transfer amount. You need to say how much you want to send and in which currencies.
  • Recipient’s details. You need to provide the recipient’s details to make sure the money goes to the right person.
  • Reason for sending the money. You will often be required to provide a reason for sending the money and may need to provide proof to support it.

What to compare to get the best deal

To find the overall best money transfer service for your needs, consider factors including:

  • Fees. How much you’re paying in up-front fees for a transfer.
  • Exchange rates. How much you’re paying on the price difference between one currency and another.
  • Transfer speed. How long it will take for the money to arrive.
  • Payment options. How you can make your payment for the money to be sent.
  • Delivery methods. How your recipient is able to get the money.
  • Customer service. How to contact the transfer service’s customer service team in case anything goes wrong.

Foreign exchange rates explained

Exchange rates are how much of one currency you get for another. The mid-market rate is the official exchange rate at any given time, but transfer services typically won’t offer this to customers and will take a cut of the money instead.

If you want to find the best exchange rates, the goal is usually to look for as close to mid-market rates as possible.

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Updated: 30 May 2020 19:17:35 UTC

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