Online money transfer providers typically offer the strongest exchange rates and lowest fees to send money to Morocco. Some offer cash pickup in as little as a few minutes, while others seamlessly transfer to bank accounts. Sending money through PayPal or your bank is also an option, but you’ll typically face higher fees and weaker exchange rates when going that route.
Digital money transfer services
Companies like XE specialise in foreign currencies, making them some of the most cost-effective transfers. Most offer transfers directly to your recipient’s Moroccan bank account, often in as little as a day or two.
Services like MoneyGram, Remitly and Western Union allow you to transfer cash for pickup at a local branch in Morocco – often in 15 minutes. While it’s a fast way to send money, you’ll pay for the convenience in weak exchange rates and high fees.
The Moroccan dirham isn’t a massively popular currency, so your local bank might not be able to exchange it. If your bank does support the Moroccan dirham, beware of high fees and wide margins on the exchange rate compared to digital and other options when sending money to Morocco.
Let’s crunch the numbers: Sending £1,000 to Morocco
Let’s say you need to send £1,000 to family in Morocco. Here’s what you might face as far as fees and exchange rates as of 1 October 2020.
Digital money transfer service
£20 + additional correspondent bank fees
1 GBP = 11.86 MAD
1 GBP = 11.49 MAD
1 GBP = 11.03 MAD
Slowest and most expensive
The bank option ends up being both the slowest and gets the smallest amount of money to your recipient in Morocco. If you go with the digital money transfer service, your recipient ends up with MAD 827 more than the bank offers. If speed is crucial, a cash transfer can typically have your transfer to Morocco in as little as 15 minutes, just make sure there is a cash pickup location near your recipient before sending.
How to send money to Morocco online
Sign up and send money with a digital money transfer specialist in four steps:
Sign up for a free account. Pick a provider and sign up for a free online account using your contact information, proof of ID and preferred payment method.
Provide transfer details. Submit your recipient’s contact information and pick a delivery method. If transferring to a bank, you’ll need their Moroccan bank account information.
Confirm transfer details. Double check your payment method, expected fees and destination.
Save your receipt. Record your receipt’s confirmation number to track the progress of your transfer to Morocco. Some money transfer providers send a text or email when your transfer is complete.
What are the ways that I can send money to Morocco
Bank transfers. Many major UK banks will allow you to send money to Morocco.
Money transfer providers. Providers like XE and CurrencyTransfer can help you quickly and easily transfer your money online.
Providers with cash pickup. Western Union, Remitly and MoneyGram allow you to send funds for cash pickup at agent locations.
PayPal. Electronic payment giant PayPal allows you to send money from the UK to Morocco.
How to get the most out of your money transfer to Morocco
Weigh costs and fees against convenience to learn how to compare money transfer providers that send to Morocco to best meet your needs:
Exchange rates. The GBP-MAD relationship fluctuates occasionally, so using a service that allows you to lock in exchange prices may help you save money down the line if the Moroccan dirham rises against the pound sterling.
Transfer fees. Transferring money overseas nearly always requires fees, but they might be hidden in the exchange rate. When sending large amounts, it may be cheaper to pay a flat fee to secure a stronger GBP-MAD exchange rate.
Transfer limits. How much you can send varies by company, and different amounts can attract higher or lower fees. Shop around for the best deal on the amount of dirham you’re sending to Morocco.
Turnaround. Transferring money through a local bank can take a business week or longer. If you need the funds delivered quickly, look for a digital specialist that offers instant transfers to Morocco.
Sending limits. Comparing prices for one large transfer instead of many small transfers is typically easier, so picking the service you use based on how much you’re sending is a valid strategy for saving money.
Transfer methods. Whether you want money sent to a Moroccan bank account or picked up as cash at a local agent, narrow down a company that matches your preferred delivery method.
How to make an emergency cash transfer
When urgency trumps cost to get your money to Morocco quickly, look for money transfer companies that support cash pickup in minutes. You can pay with a credit or debit card for fast pickup, but fees are higher than other methods.
How to send money to Morocco without a bank account
If you don’t have a bank account, you can still use cash transfer services to send money to Morocco. Similarly, a recipient can get the money with a cash transfer if they don’t have a bank account. These services are widely available around the world and although they’ll typically not be the cheapest available, they can be fast and convenient.
Morocco’s exchange rates explained
The exchange rate determines how much one country’s currency is worth in another country’s currency. When a country’s currency is strong, it yields more money when exchanging it in a country with a weaker currency. Morocco’s exchange rate is somewhat stable compared to the pound sterling, and the GBP-MAD relationship typically doesn’t change often. Factors that influence the exchange rate include interest rates, economic stability and inflation.
Documents needed for sending to and receiving money in Morocco
To send money to Morocco from the UK, you’ll need government-issued ID and other documents, while documents needed to pick up money in Morocco may differ by company.
Documents to send money from the UK
To send money from the UK to Morocco, you’ll need documentation and details that include:
Identification. Most services require a driver’s licence, passport or other government-issued ID.
Payment method. Your service may accept credit or debit cards, cash, bank accounts or cheques.
Recipient information. Submit your recipient’s name as it appears on their ID, along with their phone number and Moroccan bank account information.
Documents to receive money in Morocco
To pick up money in person, documentation can include:
Transfer number. The person sending you money can forward the transfer’s confirmation details – called a PIN, an MTCN, a reference number or a tracking number, depending on the company.
Government-issued ID. A Moroccan passport, Moroccan ID or similar official ID may be required to pick up your transfer.
Amount sent. You may need to know how much was sent, usually within 10% of the total.
Sender’s information. Take along your sender’s full name, the sending country and their address, if known.
Sending your hard-earned money to Morocco shouldn’t cost a fortune. Compare money transfer companies that specialise in foreign transactions for the strongest rates, lowest fees and flexible delivery. For transfers to other countries, rely on our country specific guides the next time you need to make a transfer.
Zak Killermann is a writer at Finder. He’s ghostwritten hundreds of articles on fintech, finding his love for publication at St. Cloud State University. Traveling internationally for nearly half his life — and getting burned once by an OTC money exchange — Zak's vowed not to settle for anything short of the mid-market rate again.
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