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How to send money to Uganda

Money transfer services are an easy and affordable way to send money to Uganda.

If you’re looking to send money to a friend or family member in Uganda, a money transfer service could be the key to converting your New Zealand dollars to Ugandan shillings–without the high fees that banks traditionally charge.

Compare money transfer services to Uganda

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
NZD 0 1 day NZD 0.00 2468.693 UGX
24,686,926
Send money in more than 60 currencies. Fee-free international money transfers with a global brand. Go to site Show details
NZD 0 Within an hour NZD 3.99 2456.3 UGX
24,553,195
An online money transfer service with cash pickup, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available. Go to site Show details
NZD 200 1 day NZD 0.00 2466.214 UGX
24,662,140
TorFX guarantee to beat any competitor's exchange rate for a transactionConditions apply Go to site Show details
NZD 2,000 2 days NZD 0.00 2467.949 UGX
24,679,490
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.
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NZD 1 1 - 2 days NZD 220.00 2478.605 UGX
24,240,753
Make online transfers with transparent exchange rates, low fees and low minimum amounts. Go to site Show details
NZD 10,000 1 - 2 days NZD 0.00 2436.471 UGX
24,364,707
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Exchange rates are volatile and change often. As a result, the exchange rate listed on Finder may vary to the actual exchange rate quoted for the brand. Please confirm the actual exchange rate and mention “Finder” before you commit to a brand.

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How do international money transfers work?

International money transfers are designed to help you send money to someone else whenever you want. The process can be done in person, over the phone or online. You can transfer money from your bank account and have it exchanged into Ugandan shillings before your recipient picks it up as cash or has the money moved into their bank account.

Banks versus money transfer companies

Although a bank can be a quick way to convert your dollars into shillings, it isn’t the best method. When you need to send an international money transfer, a money transfer company that specializes in this service will offer better exchange rates with smaller fees.

How do I compare transfer companies when transferring to Uganda?

  • Exchange rates. How do the company’s exchange rates compare to those offered by its competition?
  • Transaction fees. Most companies will charge a fee each time you send a transfer, so check to see the amount you will have to pay for each transaction. It’s also worth investigating whether the fee will not be charged if you transfer a large amount.
  • Transfer methods. Do you place transfers online or by visiting a branch? Are phone and mobile app transfers offered as well?
  • Flexible options. Can you lock in an ideal exchange rate now and transfer the money later, known as a forward contract? Does the institution offer limit orders, which allows you to take advantage of changing market conditions by executing the money transfer when a certain exchange rate is met? Can you schedule recurring payments?
  • Transfer time. Some companies offer transfers within minutes, while others have processing times of several business days.
  • Minimum transfer amounts. If the company imposes minimum or maximum transaction limits, make sure those limits won’t affect your ability to send transfers.
  • Pickup options. Will the money be sent to Uganda via bank account transfer, or will your recipient be able to pick up the sum in cash from a transfer agent?
  • Customer service. If you have a question about a transfer, will you be able to quickly access customer service? Are phone, email and live online chat support all available?
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Foreign exchange rates explained

Exchange rates are determined by the global economic climate. Fluctuations in currency are common, and the New Zealand dollar is usually much stronger than the Ugandan shilling. For this reason, you’ll be able to get quite a few shillings per dollar sent overseas.

You can compare exchange rates between NZD and UGX here

Options for sending money to Uganda from New Zealand

  • Money transfer providers. Compare your options to find transfer companies that can send money to Uganda.
  • Cash pickup transfer companies. Western Union and MoneyGram both have extensive worldwide transfer networks with branches in Uganda.
  • Bank transfers. Compare the fees and exchange rates your bank offers with those of other providers.
  • International check. Sending an international guaranteed check overseas is a slow but secure transfer method..
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What are the steps to send money to Uganda?

The exact transfer method you need to follow will depend on the provider you choose to handle the transaction, but you will usually need to

  1. Compare your providers. On the table above, compare the exchange rates and fees offered by our trusted providers.
  2. Register for a free account. This can often be done online, and you will need to provide your full name, your contact details and proof of ID.
  3. Enter your transaction information. You’ll need to tell the provider where you’re sending money, how much you’ll be sending and who will be receiving the transfer.
  4. Pay for your transfer. You can then pay for and submit your transfer request, making sure you keep any reference number you are given so that you can monitor the progress of your transaction.

Emergency cash transfers in Uganda

Emergency cash transfers are possible, but be aware that they will also be more expensive. Transfer companies will charge extra fees for expedited services, and you won’t get the best exchange rate when you use this option. If you can wait a few days to have your money transfered, you’ll receive much better rates that both you and your recipient will benefit from.

Tips for picking up cash in Uganda

Always take care when you are picking up a cash transfer. Confirm a transfer agent’s hours of operation and available funds before visiting, and avoid traveling through any unsafe areas. Don’t carry the money around with you for any longer than is absolutely necessary, and make sure you deposit it into your bank account as soon as possible.

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