Pakistan

How to Send Money to Pakistan in a Few Easy Steps

Pakistan and New Zealand share more than a love of cricket.

If you need to send money to Pakistan, whether for business or personal reasons, there are a couple of international money transfer providers (other than your bank) that can carry out a transfer.

The transfer fee, exchange rate, collection options and more vary between providers. We compare the different services you can use to send money to Pakistan below.

Rates last updated December 13th, 2017
Name Product Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description
Exclusive: World First International Money Transfers
NZD 2,000
2 days
Online, Phone, Agent
Exclusive offer: $0 transfer fee and discounted exchange rates for your first trade only.
A higher exchange rate applies to non-finder customers. Send money in more than 130 currencies.
Exclusive: OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers
NZD 250
1 day
Online, Phone, Agent
Exclusive offer: Discounted exchange rates for your first and ongoing transactions. $0 transfer fee.
A higher exchange rate applies to non-finder customers. Send money in 45 currencies.
Compass Global Markets International Money Transfers
NZD 1,000
1 day
Online, Phone
Send money overseas in at least 140 currencies.
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Banks versus money transfer companies

Here you will see the main differences between a bank, an international cash payment service and an online money transfer company.

You can find out the NZD to PKR exchange rate when you login to internet banking.

Money Transfer Company 1 Money Transfer Company 2 Money Transfer Company 3
Exchange rate NZD$1 = PKR 67.7738NZD$1 = PKR 69.4915N/A
Transfer feeNZD$74.00NZD$ 7.62$18.00 NZD
Amount received for NZD$1000 (in Pakistani rupees)PKR 62,758PKR 68,962N/A
Transfer timeMinutes2 – 4 business days2 – 4 business days
Transfer options Cash collectionBank account depositBank account deposit
Difference of+6,204 PKRN/A

Correct: 3.00PM 21/02/16

Sending money to Pakistan? How to compare money transfer companies

Compare different quotes to send money to Pakistan by these features.

  • The exchange rate. Which companies let you send money to Pakistan and at what rate. If you are a rate hunter, there are companies that offer a best rate guarantee.
  • The transfer time. How quickly do you need to send money to Pakistan? The way you pay and how the money is to be collected determine the transfer time. Cash collection can be ready in minutes, whereas bank account deposits can take a couple of days.
  • The transfer fee. The cost of the transfer. International money transfer companies charge a fee for their service. Some providers waive the transfer fee for transactions over a specific amount, while others offer first transfer deals.
  • Payment method. How do you want to pay for your transaction. In-person cash payments, debit and credit card payments clear almost instantly. Transfers initiated via a bank transfer can add a couple of business days to transfer.
  • Collection method. Will the payee collect cash or do you want to send the money to a bank account in Pakistan? While all providers will let you deposit funds in a Pakistani bank account, not all let you send a cash payment.
  • Different services. Most providers offer spot transfers (on the spot international payments); however, not all companies let you book a forward contract, limit orders or make recurring payments.
  • Limits. If you want to send less than $100 or more than $3,000 ensure you look out for the provider’s transfer limits.
  • Customer service. Does the money transfer company have a local Kiwi office you can call if you have a question about sending money to Pakistan?

How do I send money to Pakistan from New Zealand?

You can send money to Pakistan using the international payment services of your bank or you can sign up for a free account with one of the other providers we compare on this page.

Bank account transfer

You can request your bank to send money to Pakistan via international telegraphic transfer. To do so, you will need to provide:

  • The recipient’s bank branch and name
  • Their SWIFT code
  • Bank account number and name
  • The recipient’s address.

Overseas money transfer company

These companies can send money to a Pakistani bank account.

  • TransferWise. Send money to Pakistan by bank account deposit or pay with your card. TransferWise is a peer-to-peer service that exchanges NZD to PKR to at the P2P market rate. A fee applies for payments under $500.

International cash payment companies

Providers such as Western Union or WorldRemit can send cash to collect in minutes, as well as deposit funds into the recipient’s bank account.

  • WorldRemit. WorldRemit offer bank account deposit and instant cash international transfer service. Worldremit cash transfers can be collected at branches of the Pakistani bank, Allied Bank Limited.
  • Western Union. Western Union have cash collection agents throughout Pakistan. They can send a cash payment that can be collected in minutes.
  • MoneyGram. MoneyGram are partnered with Pakistani banks and exchange offices and money can be delivered to one of these agents in minutes.

How do I receive money from Pakistan in New Zealand?

You can find key information about how to receive a payment from Pakistan below.

Bank account deposit

To receive money from Pakistan into your bank account, make sure you provide the sender with the following information:

  • Full account name
  • Full account number
  • Your bank’s name
  • The bank’s SWIFT code.
  • Your IBAN, BSB or sort code (if required).

PayPal

To receive a payment via PayPal, give the sender your email address or phone number so they can deposit funds into your PayPal account. You will need to transfer to the money to a linked bank account to access the cash.

Cash

If you are collecting a cash payment from Pakistan, you will need to show photo identification, as well as the transaction reference number or unique password.

Emergency cash transfers in Pakistan

Consider these options for sending emergency funds to Pakistan in a hurry.

  • International cash payment company. Use the services of an international cash payment company, like Western Union or MoneyGram to send cash to Pakistan in minutes. These companies charge can charge a hefty transfer fee for this speedy service.
  • Card scheme emergency assist. If you lose your credit or debit card, card schemes such as Visa or MasterCard can issue the funds into your account as cash. This feature is designed to help cardholders in an emergency while a replacement card is issued.
  • Travel insurance. Your travel insurance policy may include an emergency cash benefit for specific circumstances. Consult the policy product disclosure statement for information about access to emergency cash for covered events.

Cash pickup locations in Pakistan

Western Union/MoneyGram branches in Pakistan

This is a snapshot of different Western Union and MoneyGram agents in Pakistan’s 4 biggest cities. Western Union and MoneyGram are predominantly partnered with Pakistani banks.

Western Union

Karachi

  • AL WASI ENTERPRISES
    Shop 2 Shumail Terrace Main Ro, Garden East Quarters Opposite S, Karachi, Sindh, 74400+0092-021-2237909 Open Monday to Sunday 8:30am to 8:00pm
  • JS Bank Urdu Bazar
    R.b Quarters, Asan Mal Ojha Road, Off Robson Road, Urdu Bazar, Karachi Sind, 74200+92-21-111570265 Open Monday to Saturday 9:00AM to 5:30pm

Faisalabad

  • AA Exchange Company PVT LTD
    Shop No. 15, P-16, Ground Floor Market, Sosan Road, Madina Tow, Faisalabad, Punjab +92 0413 472529 Open Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pmOpen Saturday 9.00am to 1.30pm
  • GC UNIVERSITY FAISALABAD BRANCH
    Govt. College University, Fais, Faisalabad 00000 +92-41-9200835Open Monday to Saturday 9:00am to 6:00pm

MoneyGram

Lahore

  • Tameer Bank
    Main Ferozepur Road opposite UBL branch, Lahore.Open Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5:00pmOpen Friday to Sunday 12.00MD to 11.59pm
  • MCB Bank Limited
    New Alamgir Market, Lahore.Open Monday to Friday 8:00am to 1:45pmOpen Saturday 10.00am to 1.00pm

Rawalpindi

  • Soneri Bank
    Ground Floor CA, RawalpindiOpen Monday to Saturday 8:00am to 6:00pm
  • Sky Exchange Company
    Office 20, First Floor Mall Plaza, The Mall, RawalpindiOpen Monday to Saturday 8:30am to 9:00pmOpen Sunday 8:00am to 6:00pm

Tips for picking up cash in Pakistan

The government advises travellers to stay away from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan, as well as the Pakistani-Indian border. There is an extreme risk of terrorism in this area of the world and New Zealanders should reconsider the need to travel to these destinations. Violent crime against foreigners is common, including robbery and kidnapping.

Avoid traveling at night time and always carry identification in case you are stopped by the police. If you are concerned about picking up cash, speak to your hotel to arrange an escort and make sure you have a safe place to store the cash once collected. Call the merchant before you collect the money to make sure they have enough cash, if you are collecting a large amount.

What are the steps to send money to Pakistan?

Depending on your chosen money transfer company, follow these steps to send money to Pakistan.

From your bank

Log on to your internet banking facility to send money via your bank. If this is your first payment, you need to create an international beneficiary first. Enter the recipient’s details such as their bank account and personal details. The receiving bank may charge fees as well as your local bank. You can elect to have these fees deducted from the total amount sent to the payee or you can pay these fees upfront.

Using a money transfer company

You will need to create a free account to use the services of the companies we have mentioned on this page. This can be completed in a couple of minutes. Provide the following information about yourself to register for an account.

  • Your personal details
  • Contact details
  • Your address
  • Photo identification. You may need to send a copy of your passport or licence to verify your identity.

Once you have paid for your transfer, you will be issued with a tracking number which can be used to check on your status of your money transfer to Pakistan. If you have any questions about sending money to Pakistan, get in touch with us by asking a question using the form below.

As of the 2013 census, there are over three thousand people of Pakistani origin who call New Zealand home, with 69% living in the Auckland Region. New Zealand has had a longstanding relationship with Pakistan, as both are members of the Commonwealth. We and other Heads of Government decided to re-admit Pakistan, when in 2008 civilian rule was reinstated.

In 2016, the total trade between our two countries was $159 million. Kiwi exports to Pakistan include dairy products, iron and steel. Pakistan’s imports to New Zealand are mainly textiles and cereals

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