Overseas payments with Westpac international money transfers

Send money to international bank accounts online or from a Westpac branch.

Westpac is one of Australia’s Big 4 banks and an internationally recognised company of financial services. If you’re a personal or a business customer, you can request international money transfers to bank accounts in a number of countries. International money transfers with Westpac are easy to complete online, you just need the recipient’s personal and bank details. Westpac charges a flat fee for sending money to an international account. It’s cheaper to send money online than initiating an international money transfer from a Westpac branch. You can even schedule a payment at a later date while locking in the exchange rate for your international money transfer.

Westpac’s foreign exchange rates

Sending money overseas?
CurrencyCurrency codeInternational Payments
United States DollarUSD0.7373
EuroEUR0.5956
Pound SterlingGBP0.5190
New Zealand DollarNZD1.0146
Indian RupeeINR48.6684
Philippine PesoPHP38.5269
Brunei DollarBND0.9660
Canadian DollarCAD0.9308
CFP FrancXPF72.6200
Chinese YuanCNY4.6245
Danish KroneDKK4.4155
Fiji DollarFJD1.5133
Hong Kong DollarHKD5.8166
Indonesian RupiahIDR
Japanese YenJPY79.4400
Malaysian RinggitMYR
Norwegian KroneNOK5.6923
Pakistani RupeePKR85.0339
Papua New Guinean KinaPGK2.4068
Samoan TalaWST1.8375
Saudi RiyalSAR2.7787
Singapore DollarSGD0.9703
Solomon Islands DollarSBD5.6160
South African RandZAR8.7888
Sri Lankan RupeeLKR114.6600
Swedish KronaSEK6.1640
Swiss FrancCHF0.7161
Thai BahtTHB22.9820
Tongan Pa’angaTOP1.5847
United Arab Emirates DirhamAED2.6943
Vanuatu VatuVUV79.1533

Rates current as of 19 April 2018

Minimum transfer amount and available countries

Westpac allow you to make payments in the following currencies. Westpac don’t list a minimum transfer amount; however, transfer fees can run in excess of $20. It makes sense to transfer a considerable amount more than this to be make the transfer a cost effective transaction.

USDLKR
EURMYR
GBPNOK
NZDPGK
CNYPHP
AEDPKR
SARSBD
BNDSEK
SGDCAD
THBDKK
CHFTOP
FJDVUV
HKDWST
IDRXPF
INRZAR
JPY

Due to government regulations, you can’t buy currencies of the following countries:

    • Syria,
    • Cuba,
    • Iran,
    • Iraq,
    • Libya or
    • Sudan.
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What types of transfers can you carry out with Westpac?

Westpac offer international money transfers to the countries using the currencies listed in the above table. You may be able to buy other currencies which aren’t listed above, you’ll need to contact Westpac to find out whether they can complete your international money transfer request. Westpac offer:

  • Online international money transfers,
  • Telegraphic transfers, or
  • International bank drafts.

Westpac business customers can choose from:

  • Foreign Exchange Option transactions, or
  • Foreign Exchange Spot transactions.

Westpac also offer a range of business services for Asian foreign exchange transactions. Information about Asian FX Transaction services are available upon request.

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The registration and transfer process

Register for Westpac internet banking to make an online payment. Payments to international accounts can take between 4 – 6 business days to clear in the recipient’s account.

  • In the ‘make a payment’ menu, select the option that allows you to create a new payee.
  • Select international payment and choose the payee’s country.
  • Enter the payee’s bank details. Ensure you have the IBAN (International bank account number), bank name and branch address on handy. You may also need the 8 – 11 digit SWIFT code. You’ll need the IFSC for payments to an Indian bank account. You can search for this information from within the Westpac online banking facility.
  • Enter the payee’s bank details including the payee’s account name, account number and address (optional).
  • You can now select the currency, enter the amount you want to send and select the time to make the payment.
  • The next step is to confirm the transaction and wait for the Westpac SMS protect code to be sent to your mobile or landline telephone.
  • Enter the code to authorise the payment.
  • You’re provided with a receipt for the transaction.

To carry out an overseas telegraphic transfer bring your identification and details of the recipient’s bank such as the address and bank name as well as the recipient’s personal details to carry out a telegraphic transfer. Westpac also arrange international bank draft transfers. This international money transfer can take between 4 – 6 weeks to clear.

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What are the pros and cons of using Westpac overseas transfers?

Pros

  • Existing bank. There’s no need to register for a new account with another international money transfer service. Simply login to Westpac online banking or visit a branch to make a transfer.
  • High limits. The international overseas telegraphic limit is $25,000. Online transfers are subject to your internet banking and transaction account daily limits.
  • Business solutions. Business customers can benefit from foreign exchange services such as specialist Asian services and foreign exchange forward options contracts.

Cons

  • Fees. International transfers from your bank account can be expensive. You may find cheaper transfer options from specialist international payment companies.
  • Limited personal transfer options. Options and forward options contracts are available to Westpac business customers only.
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What other products and services does Westpac offer?

Westpac provide a number of travel money services besides international money transfers.

  • Westpac Global Currency Card – This travel money card from Westpac is a prepaid Visa product allows you to load Australian dollars and convert the funds to up to 11 different foreign currencies. You can hold up to 5 different currencies on the card at a time. Spend in a currency loaded on the card to avoid the fee for currency conversion.
  • Global ATM Alliance – Westpac has partnerships with leading international banks. Use an ATM offered by a Westpac Global ATM Alliance partner so you can save on international ATM fees when you make cash withdrawals overseas.
  • International travel insurance – Get protected next time you travel overseas by taking out an international travel insurance policy with Westpac. You may also eligible to get complimentary international travel insurance when you purchase your travel ticket with your eligible Westpac credit card.
  • Travellers cheques – Westpac and American Express can provide you with travellers cheques to use on your next holiday. Travellers cheques are safer than carrying cash and can be exchanged for foreign currency when you arrive at your destination.

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