Is OFX available in the Philippines?
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to send money from a peso account in the Philippines. You can only use OFX is you hold a Philippine bank account in USD or AUD. However, you can still receive money through OFX in most Philippine banks. You can check out the other options you have for sending money overseas from the Philippines here.
Why should I consider OFX?
- Wide range of currencies. OFX supports over 50 currencies, including many exotic ones.
- No fees. There are never any transfer fees when sending an OFX money transfer.
- Flexible options. Pick from one-off transfers, limit orders, forward contracts and recurring transfers.
- Large bank network. With more than 100 banks in the OFX network, chances are good you’ll be able to transfer locally to avoid excess bank fees.
What to be aware of
- Philippine bank account in USD or AUD needed. OFX is unable to transfer funds from peso accounts, so you’ll need a USD or AUD bank account to transfer funds from.
- First transfer requires phone verification. You can sign up for a free account online, but you’ll need to be ready to accept a call from an OFX representative to verify your information before you can begin sending money worldwide.
- Recipient must have a bank account. If you want to send to a mobile wallet or cash pickup location, a different service will suit you better.
- Only online. You can’t pay in-store with cash.
- High minimum transfer. You must transfer at least US$1,000 within the year and a minimum of US$250 per transfer to use OFX’s services.
OFX’s exchange rates and fees
OFX doesn’t charge any fees, but it still needs to make money to stay in business. Because OFX doesn’t charge fees, it adds a margin on top of the mid-market rate to make money.
How long does an OFX transfer take?
OFX separates its transfers into two categories: major currencies and exotic currencies. In general, these two categories have the following transfer speeds:
- Major currencies: 1–2 days
- Exotic currencies: 3–5 days
Both transfers may have additional time added on depending on how long it takes for your bank to transfer the money to OFX.
What currencies does OFX support?
OFX sends money to over 50 currencies around the world, covering most major and a lot of exotic currencies. Some of the more popular ones include the following:
- GBP British pound
- CAD Canadian dollar
- INR Indian rupee
- MXN Mexican peso
- PHP Philippine peso
- KRW South Korean won
Banks in the Philippines that can receive transfers from OFX
Most banks in the Philippines can receive funds sent through OFX, including but not limited to the following major financial institutions:
- Land Bank of the Philippines
- Bank Negara Indonesia
- Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI)
Is OFX safe to use?
OFX operates and is regulated in multiple countries and jurisdictions around the globe and is listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. In short, OFX regulations include the following:
- Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) — Australian Financial Services License
- Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) — Authorised Payment Institution
- Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) — Federally registered US Money Services Business
- Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) — Money Service Business
A breakdown of OFX reviews on various trusted websites — accurate as of May 19, 2020.
|Trustpilot score||4.2 out of 5, based on 3,871 customer reviews|
|CompareRemit||3.2 out of 5, based on 20 customer reviews|
|BBB rating||A+, accredited since 2013|
|NerdWallet||4 out of 5, staff reviewed|
|Finder||4 out of 5, staff reviewed|
OFX reviews are fairly positive across the board, with many negative reviews focused on OFX’s identity verification process. Because OFX adheres to strict anti-money laundering (AML) protocols, it requires customers to verify their identity by phone as well as submit documents proving their identity. On Trustpilot, OFX has responded to nearly every negative review with details on how to contact management and help the customer solve their issue.
What type of money transfers does OFX support?
OFX money transfers options come in a few shapes and sizes, with multiple ways to meet your transfer needs. There are two distinct ways to send money with OFX: through a Rapid Transfer or by taking advantage of OFX Risk Management features.
OFX Rapid Transfer
Rapid Transfers are the most common way to send OFX money transfers. When sending a Rapid Transfer, you have two options:
- Single Transfers. OFX Single Transfers lock in the exchange rate when you confirm the transfer and have a minimum transfer amount of US$150.
- Recurring Transfers. OFX Recurring Transfers can be used for monthly, quarterly or any other repeating transfer you need to send. OFX requires a minimum of four transfers, and each must be US$250 or more.
OFX Risk Management
Risk Management transfers are designed to help you reduce costs and save money down the line. You have two options when setting up your OFX Risk Management transfer:
- Buy now, transfer later. Lock-in your exchange rate now using a forward contract, but schedule your transfer to send in the next two days to twelve months. A minimum transfer amount of US$30,000 is required for this OFX transfer option.
- Set your target rate. Use this option to set a target rate by utilizing a limit order. Once your target rate is triggered, OFX will contact you to complete your transfer. A minimum transfer of US$30,000 is required to set your target rate online, but that minimum drops to US$10,000 if you set it up over the phone.
What do I need to send money through OFX?
To start, have the following information on hand to sign up for a free account with OFX:
- Name, email address, address and phone number
- Date of birth
- Nationality and country of origin
- Driver’s license or other state ID number
How to make your first transfer with OFX
Take the following steps to get started:
- Go to OFX’s website.
- Choose a personal or business account. Enter your country, state and email address. Click Next.
- Enter estimates of your transferring needs. These amounts don’t have to be exact and can be changed later. Click Next.
- Enter your personal and contact information. This will include your full name, date of birth, phone number, current residential address and occupation.
- Check your email for registration confirmation. OFX may require you to confirm your identity by uploading a scan of your photo ID. You should receive a decision by email within two business days.
- Add your recipient’s information. After verification, log in to your account to enter your recipient’s details. Click Recipients and then Add new recipient. Enter their full legal name, residential address and their banking information.
- Send your funds to OFX and verify your first transfer. A representative from OFX will call you to verify the details of your first transfer.
My experience with signing up
I wasn’t looking forward to signing up for an OFX account because I don’t like speaking with customer service on the phone, but it turned out to be a relatively painless process. After creating my account and submitting my documents online, I called OFX and was connected with a representative within a few minutes. After answering questions about my ID and address, my account was good to go. Here are some key takeaways:
- Did I have to interact with customer service? Yes, there is no way around this step.
- How long did it take? The entire process took less than an hour, but only about five minutes of that time was actively spent signing up — the rest was just waiting.
- What was unexpected? Customer service got straight to the point when I talked to them, so I was on and off the phone in less than five minutes.
How do I track my OFX transfer?
You can track your transfer online by signing in to your account and selecting Deals and orders, or by downloading the OFX smartphone app. OFX can also send you automated updates by email or text — select which you prefer under Your profile when you sign in to your account.
If you need help with a transfer at any step of the process, OFX customer support is available by phone any time, day or night at +1 (888) 288-7354.
Does OFX have a mobile app?
Yes, OFX has an app on both Google Play and the App Store. The OFX app makes it possible to do the following:
- Monitor exchange rates. View current and historical exchange-rate data with a few taps.
- Log in using biometrics. Both face and fingerprint recognition can be used to log in.
- Track your transfer. See exactly where your transfer is anytime during its transition.
- Access to dozens of currencies. Transfer between more than 50 currencies in more than 180 countries worldwide.
|Google Play Store||4.6 out of 5, based on 2,210 customer ratings|
|Apple App Store||4.8 out of 5, based on 674 customer ratings|
More on the best money transfer apps
OFX provides fast and secure transfers in over 50 currencies, with diverse transfer options to fit a variety of needs. However, you’ll want to compare the features of a range of money transfer companies before deciding which is best for your specific needs.
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Frequently asked questions
Can I use OFX to send money abroad?
As of September 25, 2020, OFX is unable to send from peso bank accounts from the Philippines. You can only use OFX to transfer money abroad if you hold a USD or AUD bank account from any Filipino bank.
Is there a limit to how much I can transfer to the Philippines?
There is no limit. You can send any amount over $US250.
Can I pay for my OFX transfer with cash?
No. OFX doesn’t accept cash, check or credit card payment.
Will I be notified when my OFX transfer is complete?
Yes. OFX provides notifications through the app, text or by email to keep you up to date at every step of the money transfer process.
What is OFX?
OFX International Money Transfers & Currency Exchange is a global money transfer company that separates itself from the competition by never charging fees on transfers. OFX was founded in Sydney, Australia in 1998 and was previously known as OzForex. Before a brand consolidation in 2015, there were territory-specific brands around the world under the OFX umbrella: UKForex, CanadianForex, USForex, NZForex, ClearFX and Tranzfers.