Western Union fees explained

How much does Western Union charge to send money internationally?

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Western Union offers quick and secure transfers globally, with over 500,000 branches around the world, and allows you to send funds in person, online, and over the phone. This page explains the relatively low fees you should expect to pay with Western Union.

Western Union international money transfer fees

These values reference the costs of an online transfer when paying via bank transfer and having the recipient collect the funds in cash at the destination country in local currency.

£1,000£250£100
USA (USD)£19.90£9.90£5.90
India (INR)£4.90£3.90£2.90
Indonesia (IDR)£15.00£5.90£2.90
Romania (RON)£14.90£9.90£4.90
Pakistan (PKR)£6.90£4.90£2.90
Jamaica (JMD)£14.90£9.90£4.90

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TransferWise for large transfers
Within an hour
From £3.75

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TransferWise uses the mid-market rate and transparent fees to help you send money in 45+ currencies.
TorFX
24 hours
£0

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TorFX sends money overseas in 30+ currencies, with competitive rates for transfer amounts over $2,000.
SpartanFX
24 hours
£0

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SpartanFX has fee-free transfers, a best exchange rate guarantee and personalised one-to-one support for every customer.
Universal Partners FX
24 hours
£0

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Universal Partners FX offers competitive exchange rates and same-day transfers in 100+ currencies.
PagoFX for large transfers
Within an hour
Varies

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PagoFX offers fast and cheap international money transfers from the UK and is backed by Santander.
Currencies Direct
Within an hour
£0

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CurrenciesDirect makes transferring money abroad simple with bank-beating exchange rates.
CurrencyTransfer
24 hours
£0

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CurrencyTransfer lets you shop around for the best exchange rate on its online marketplace.
Central FX
24 hours
£0

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CentralFX's dedicated team will guide you or your business from first call to final payment.
TransferWise
Within an hour
From £3.75

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TransferWise uses the mid-market rate and transparent fees to help you send money in 45+ currencies.
PagoFX
Within an hour
Varies

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PagoFX offers fast and cheap international money transfers from the UK and is backed by Santander.
XE Money Transfers
24 hours
£0
SPECIAL OFFER ✓ Zero fees on your first 10 transfers

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XE has fast transfers with no fees and a range of foreign currency tools.
Azimo
Within minutes
From £0.99
SPECIAL OFFER ✓ First two transfers free for new customers.

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Azimo sends money directly to a bank account or over 280,000 cash pick-up points. It also has fast transfers to 50+ countries.
CurrencyFair
24 hours
€3
SPECIAL OFFER ✓ Zero fees on your first 10 transfers

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CurrencyFair has bank-beating exchange rates and fast transfer times on 15+ popular currencies.
Remitly
Within minutes
From £1.49
SPECIAL OFFER ✓ Free transfers and better exchange rates for new customers

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Remitly has quick, affordable transfers around the world, with both express and economy options.
WorldRemit
Within an hour
From £1.99
SPECIAL OFFER ✓ Use promo code 3FREE to send your first 3 transfers with no fee. Conditions apply.

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WorldRemit sends money to 110+ countries for bank-to-bank deposits, cash pick-ups or mobile top-ups.
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    LeratoSeptember 6, 2019

    I would like to send 130 000 south African Rands to Ukraine which is like 8500 dollars how much will I be charged at western union for the currency conversion fee?

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      nikkiangcoSeptember 7, 2019Staff

      Hi Lerato,

      Thanks for your message.

      Please be advised that when you transfer or send money to a different currency, the current exchange rate applies. So, I could not provide you exactly how much the amount to be received in South African Rands to Ukraine. You will see the currency conversion fate will depend on the day’s currency exchange and this will computed you when you visit an agent location near your area where you will find the final computation of your transfer.

      Hope this helps and feel free to reach out to us again for further assistance.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    L.CappAugust 25, 2019

    How much in used cash can I send back to USA from u.k.

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      BellaAugust 25, 2019Staff

      Hi L.Capp

      Thank for your inquiry.

      Transfer limits vary depending on the transfer method you select. Using WU online transfer, you can send up to £800. However, if you complete the process to verify your identity you can send up to £4,000 per online transfer. If sending funds from an agent location you can send as much money as you would like, as long as you don’t break any laws or regulations.

      I hope this information helps.

      Kind regards,
      Bella

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    EndangJuly 21, 2019

    How much the transfer fees from Indonesia to Netherland. My sister wants to send Rp. 12.000.000 and her friend will collect it cash in any WU Agents in Amsterdam., and how many Euro her friend will receive from that agent. Thank you

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      BellaJuly 21, 2019Staff

      Hi Endang,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      There is no information on the Western Union Indonesia website regarding their transfer fees. However, you can visit any Western Union agent location near you to ask how much the transfer fee for sending money from Indonesia to Netherland or you can also contact them directly so their agent can advise you of WU transfer fee. Please note that the fees apply to Western Union money transfers vary depending on the amount of money you’re sending, where you’re sending it to and the method you use to pay for your transaction.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Bella

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    MuhammadMay 17, 2019

    How much is the charges from Pakistan to send money to Dubai – 22000 rupees?

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      nikkiangcoMay 18, 2019Staff

      Hi Muhammad,

      Thanks for your inquiry

      Western Union limits transfer of US$ 3,000 per day per person. The charges for a money transfer with Western Union will depend upon the computation at the agent location and this will be given to you on the day of the transfer. To send funds to Dubai, you must visit an agent location and give the ff information:

      Your original and valid government-issued photo ID (CNIC, NICOP, Passport)
      Your full name as it appears on your photo ID
      Your occupation
      The receiver’s full name
      The receiver’s address (where applicable)
      The relationship with the receiver
      The purpose of the transaction
      The receiver’s bank account details (if sending money to a bank account)
      Additional information if required by the agent

      The agent will give you the terms & conditions, and disclaimers for your review, and two receipts:

      You retain the receipt with the agent’s stamp and signature for your record.
      The agent keeps the receipt with your signature and a copy of the photo ID you provided during the money transfer.

      Hope this was helpful. Don’t hesitate to message us back if you have more questions.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    RafaqatMay 17, 2019

    Please tell me about the charges of money transfer 300000 PKR from Pakistan to Brazilian currency in Brazil. Thanks

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      nikkiangcoMay 18, 2019Staff

      Hi Rafaqat,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      When you send money from Pakistan to another country, Western Union limits US$ 3,0000 per day per person. The charges for a money transfer with Western Union will depend upon the computation at the agent location and this will be given to you on the day of the transfer. To send funds to Brazil, you must visit an agent location and give the ff information:

      Your original and valid government-issued photo ID (CNIC, NICOP, Passport)
      Your full name as it appears on your photo ID
      Your occupation
      The receiver’s full name
      The receiver’s address (where applicable)
      The relationship with the receiver
      The purpose of the transaction
      The receiver’s bank account details (if sending money to a bank account)
      Additional information if required by the agent

      The agent will give you the terms & conditions, and disclaimers for your review, and two receipts:

      You retain the receipt with the agent’s stamp and signature for your record.
      The agent keeps the receipt with your signature and a copy of the photo ID you provided during the money transfer.

      Hope this was helpful. Don’t hesitate to message us back if you have more questions.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    IqbalMay 17, 2019

    I’m interested in Pakistani currency

      Avatarfinder Customer Care
      nikkiangcoMay 18, 2019Staff

      Hi Iqbal,

      Thanks for reaching out to Finder!

      It’s great to hear that you are interested in Pakistani currency. If you need to send money to Pakistan, you may refer to this page. When sending money – it’s important to check the exchange rate beforehand to maximize the funds to be exchanged. Also, read through the transfer process of the provider such as transfer fees, transfer options and transfer speed to set expectations for the receiver. Take note of any reference or tracking numbers should any transaction delays come up during the transit. Hope this was helpful. Don’t hesitate to message us back if you have more questions.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    jacquelineMay 10, 2019

    Need to send 250 dollars from uk to USA through western union how much will this cost me and is it a easy process. Thanks

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      BellaMay 10, 2019Staff

      Hi Jacqueline,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      The fees to send $250 from the UK to the US would be £14.90. This rate applies if you pay Western Union through a credit/debit card and your recipient will receive the money as a cash pickup. Furthermore, Western Union would tell you how much you will be paid upon checkout. This way, you can review your fees before you continue the cash transfer.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Bella

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    GolaMay 8, 2019

    How much will it cost to send MWK 90,000
    From Malawi to Botswana?

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      BellaMay 8, 2019Staff

      Hi Gola,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      There is no information on the Western Union Malawi website regarding their transfer fees. However, you can visit any Western Union agent location near you to ask how much the transfer fee for sending money from Malawi to Botswana or you can also contact them directly so their agent can advise you of WU transfer fee. Please note that the fees apply to Western Union money transfers vary depending on the amount of money you’re sending, where you’re sending it to and the method you use to pay for your transaction.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Bella

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    PamelaMay 7, 2019

    How much fees would be charges if I send £620 from UK to usa pennsylvania

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      BellaMay 8, 2019Staff

      Hi Pamela,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      As per Western Union, the transfer fee for this amount is 5.90 GBP. Please note that fees apply to Western Union money transfers vary depending on the amount of money you’re sending, where you’re sending it to and the method you use to pay for your transaction.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Bella

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    ZayaMay 4, 2019

    Hello. How much it will cost to send 5000$ from Mongolia to Taiwan.

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      BellaMay 4, 2019Staff

      Hi Zaya,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      There is no information on the Western Union Mongolia website regarding their transfer fees. However, you can visit any Western Union agent location near you to ask how much the transfer fee for sending money from Mongolia to Taiwan or you can also contact them directly so their agent can advise you of WU transfer fee. Please note that the fees apply to Western Union money transfers vary depending on the amount of money you’re sending, where you’re sending it to and the method you use to pay for your transaction.

      I hope this helps.

      Kind regards,
      Bella

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