Send money from the UK to South Africa

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Find the right provider for your international money transfer needs by entering the amount you wish to send. Our table compares speed, fees, rates and lots more.

WorldRemit International Money Transfers

WorldRemit International Money Transfers

Send money to 140+ countries for bank deposit, instant e-wallet, mobile top-up or cash pickup at 30,000+ agent locations worldwide.

  • Low upfront fees and exchange rates.
  • Easy to use with round-the-clock help.
  • Get cash to family and friends in minutes.

    Compare services that send money to South Africa from the UK

    Table: sorted by a combination of service offering and the amount your recipient will receive

    Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
    USD 1 1 - 2 days GBP 0.00 18.79 ZAR
    18,790
    Whatever amount you transfer, XE will not charge you a fee for using their service. Go to site Show details
    GBP 1,000 1 - 2 days GBP 0.00 18.79 ZAR
    18,790
    Better exchange rates for Finder customers.
    Send 60+ currencies at competitive rates and no fees. If you find a better eligible quote, WorldFirst will beat it.
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    GBP 50 Same day GBP 2.99 18.902 ZAR
    18,846
    Use promo code 3FREE to send your first 3 transfers with no fee.
    Send money online anytime, anywhere, with a simple to use platform and transparent fees and exchange rates shown upfront.
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    Disclaimer: Exchange rates change often. Confirm the total cost with the provider before transferring money.

    How to send money to South Africa in 4 quick steps

    1. Choose a provider. Compare rates and transfer fees in our table then pick the money transfer provider that best fits your needs.
    2. Create an account. Click the button in the table to head to the provider’s site. To set up an account you’ll be asked to enter your information, which may include providing identification, a phone number, an address and bank details.
    3. Pick your payment method. Choose to pay from credit card, debit card or your bank account.
    4. Make a transfer. The money will be deposited into your recipient’s account in South Africa or sent to a cash pick up location.

    How do I compare money transfer companies when sending money to South Africa?

    As with any product, you’ll find the best deal by shopping around. When you’re using our table to compare, keep the following in mind:

    • Exchange rate and fees. Make sure you compare both. While one company might offer a great rate, it might charge higher fees. On the other hand, a company offering a poorer rate may have low or zero fees. Equally, some providers will waive fees if you’re transferring a larger amount.
    • Pick up methods. Some transfer companies require that you transfer funds to the recipient’s bank account. Others give recipients the option of picking up cash, which can be particularly useful if the recipient does not have a bank account.
    • Transfer methods. If you’re dealing with a mainstream bank you can visit a branch to transfer funds. Otherwise, depending on the service provider you choose, you can transfer funds over the phone, on an app, online, at stores or at specific kiosks.
    • Transfer time. If the recipient needs money in a hurry, your best bet is to look for a service that allows cash pickups because this method normally takes no more than a day. Bank account transfers can take between one and five business days.
    • Minimum transfer amounts. The minimum you can transfer can vary from one service provider to the next. While some may let you transfer as little as one Great Britain pound, some others have minimum limits as high as £1,000.
    • Customer service. If you plan on transferring money to South Africa on an ongoing basis, you may want to look for a company that offers high levels of customer service, along with support via phone, chat and email.

    Global Reach
    Global Reach
    Send money overseas in a few simple steps Lock in your exchange rate for up to two years Best exchange rate guarantee Personalised quotes and professional customer service
    WorldRemit
    WorldRemit
    Use the code 3FREE to pay no fees on your first three money transfers Choose how you want to send your money - via bank transfer, cash pickup or mobile money Instant money transfers available
    Currencies Direct
    Currencies Direct
    Currencies Direct make moving money abroad simple, swift and secure. Great rates, no fees and expert support whether you transfer online, over the phone or by app. Available in more than 200 countries and 40 currencies
    TransferWise
    TransferWise
    Sign up and start sending money within minutes with this peer-to-peer transfer service Transfer money at the mid-market exchange rate No hidden fees Transfers from pounds typically only take one day
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      wendyOctober 15, 2017

      i want to do a transfer from a bank in uk to south africa…according to the bank i must first pay a fee here in south africa which is a demuurage fee…as soon as it is paid then only they can make the transfer…i ask them to deduct the fee from the uk account as this account is also under my name…they say they cant…is this legal at some banks in uk???

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        DanielleOctober 15, 2017

        Hi Wendy,

        Thank you for contacting finder. We are a comparison website and general information service, we’re more than happy to offer general advice.

        That depends on your bank, while banks can certainly send money overseas for you, their fees are often higher compared to companies that specialize in international money transfers. You may refer to this page for other options that may suit your needs. You may review and compare the offers available on the table. Once you have selected one, you may proceed by clicking the green “Go to Site” button.

        I hope this helps.

        Cheers,
        Danielle

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