Can I send money to Cuba from the UK?
Here's the information you need to send money to Cuba from the UK.
Due to the strict US sanctions on Cuba, it can be hard to send money to friends and family living there. Most money transfer companies like Western Union and MoneyGram don’t offer transfers to Cuba from the UK because of this. However, there are several smaller companies that can help you, including Sendvalu and Fonmoney. Your recipient is required to have an AIS debit card.
It’s also worth asking your UK bank if they send transfers to Cuba, as some may.
What’s an AIS debit card?
Any Cuban citizen above the age of 16 can apply for an AIS card (also known as a Cuba card) for free. This card lets people from overseas send money to it via one of the above money transfer services, which can then be used in most stores or to withdraw money in CUC.
How do I apply?
You’ll need to apply for one in-person at any Financiera CIMEX (FINCIMEX) office. You’ll need to bring with you two forms of identification, bank information and your own personal information. After you’ve applied, the card should be ready for collection anytime between 5 to 10 days.
Once you have the card, you can receive international payments to it.
What if my recipient doesn’t have an AIS card?
A lot of money transfer services also offer cash pick-up services. This is where you can choose a location from a list and your recipient can go there with identification to pick up the money as cash. This can also be helpful if your recipient is unbanked or needs the money fast, as it’s one of the quickest transfer methods. Check whichever service you decide on to see if they offer cash pick-up.
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