Same-currency international money transfers
Exchange rates aren't a factor when sending a same-currency international money transfer, but be aware of fees.
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International money transfers often involve a conversion between currencies, but that doesn’t always have to be the case, like with the euro in the EU. Here are some ways to send same-currency international transfers and explore your options.
Compare services to send a same-currency transferUse our comparison table to check what your same-currency transfer could cost by entering the amount you want to send and clicking Calculate. Same-currency support varies by destination country, so double check the provider’s website before sending.
What are the pros and cons of same-currency transfers?
- Forget exchange rates. When you send the same currency overseas, you don’t have to worry about hunting for the best exchange rate and how much money you’ll “lose” in the currency conversion process.
- Lots of choices. There are heaps of trusted and reputable money transfer providers who can send a same-currency transfer for you.
- Fees apply. You’ll probably need to pay a fee in most cases when sending money overseas, whether it’s the same currency or not, so search for a provider with a reasonable fee structure. Sometimes fees are charged as a portion of the exchange rate, so look for companies that offer 1:1 rates on same-currency transfers.
- Restricted country and currency support. Some currencies will have stronger global support than others.
How does a same-currency transfer work?
Same-currency transfers, like international transfers, rely on using a service to move money between you and your recipient. This service could be a money transfer service, an international wallet, a bank or something similar. When sending same-currency international transfers, you don’t have to worry about exchange rates, but you still need to be aware of potential fees. The best services to use will vary depending on whether you’re sending a domestic or international same-currency transfer:
Domestic same-currency money transfers
There are very few times when you should be paying fees to send money within the UK. If the person you’re sending to doesn’t have a bank account or would prefer to pick up cash, you’ll have to rely on a money transfer service that may charge a fee.
Otherwise, you have other free options for transferring money domestically, such as Google Pay, Apple Pay, Facebook Messenger and Cash App.
International same-currency money transfers
Because most money transfer companies make money both on fees and exchange rates, there’s little incentive for them to offer same-currency transfers between countries, so they’re a bit trickier to find. Some options are:
What other ways can I send same-currency international transfers
Although not the most convenient, there are other ways to send same-currency international transfers.
- Banks: Banks may seem like the most convenient option, but there are many fees and roadblocks you have to watch out for. Expect both an outgoing wire fee from your bank and an incoming wire fee from your recipient’s bank, for example. Many banks will also force you to convert currency if the destination account doesn’t support the currency you’re transferring. To avoid these fees, consider using a bank like HSBC that supports international accounts in a wide array of currencies.
- Send cash: The least recommended option, sending cash, is not only risky but may be illegal depending on how much you’re sending. Instead of sending cash, considering sending a postal order or cheque – though these are hardly your fastest or most secure options.
Sending same-currency transfers can be a good way to pay friends back, get money to your family, help make an international move smoother and more. Explore your options when sending same-currency transfers, including the various money transfer companies that support such transfers. Before making any moves, learn more about money transfers and what you can do with them.
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