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How to send money to Burkina Faso

Sending money to Burkina Faso? Compare options before you send.

If you want to send money to Burkina Faso, it should be easy and affordable. This means comparing options to find the lowest fees and the best exchange rates for your next transfer, so you can be confident that you’re finding the best deal with the least amount of hassle.

We’ll go through what options are available and what to watch out for.

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
USD 1 Within an hour ZAR 50.00 38.752 XOF
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Disclaimer: Exchange rates change often. Confirm the total cost with the provider before transferring money.

Step-by-step: How to send money to Burkina Faso

  1. Compare money transfer services to find the one that’s best for sending your rands to XAF.
  2. Once you’ve chosen one, create an account for it.
  3. Enter the details of your transfer, including the recipient and the amount you want to send.
  4. Confirm the transfer details and make your payment to the transfer service.

What’s the best way to send money to Burkina Faso?

There are three different options you can use, each with its own benefits and downsides.

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You can send money to Burkina Faso through bank transfers, but it will often be slower and more expensive than other options.

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Cash transfers

You can send money for the recipient to pick up as cash from a local agent.

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Money transfer services

Some online money transfer services will deliver funds to the recipient’s bank account, as cash or to mobile wallets as needed. These will often be more cost-effective than other options.

Let’s crunch the numbers: Sending R5,000 to Burkina Faso

Here’s how much it would cost to send R5,000 to Burkina Faso with two different services, to give a sense of how much costs can vary and why it pays to compare.

Cash transferMoney transfer service
Exchange rate1 ZAR = 28.86 XOF1 ZAR = 33.24 XOF
Transfer speedWithin minutes1-3 days
Amount of West African CFA francs receivedXOF137,085XOF161,214
OverallXOF24,129 lessXOF24,129 more

One service has both lower fees and better exchange rates, resulting in your recipient getting XOF24,129 (around R700) more than they would with the other service, although the transfer will be slower.

How long will it take to send money to Burkina Faso?

How long it takes to send money to Burkina Faso depends mostly on which type of transfer you send. Generally, it will be slowest whenever you either have to have money deposited into a recipient’s bank account or when you’re making a payment from a bank account.

To find the fastest transfer, you’ll generally want to look at cash transfers and mobile money payments.

Emergency cash transfer

Certain services can quickly send money to Burkina Faso to be picked up as cash at an agent’s location.

However, you will need to bear in mind that the agent locations will have their own business hours, and that your recipient will need to be able to get to the agent quickly if you’re in a hurry.

How to send money to Burkina Faso without a bank account

If you don’t have a bank account, you can still pay with cash at the agent location closest to you. You’ll be able to find the address on the money service’s website.

At the other end of the transfer, if your recipient doesn’t have a bank account, they can still pick up cash. If they have a mobile money account, you can also look at services that deliver directly to mobile in Burkina Faso.

What to watch out for

Although they only arrived relatively recently, Burkina Faso’s mobile money services are growing quickly. Orange Money and Mobicash now have thousands of agent locations around the country.

Within the country, mobile money services are becoming the primary payment network.

Due to the popularity of these services, you may want to look for a money transfer service that can deliver to mobile if you want to make things more convenient for the recipient.

Documentation you’ll need to send money to Burkina Faso

You will need to provide some information when you send money overseas and you’ll also need to have some documentation handy.

  • Identification. You will typically need to show some form of identification – such as a driver’s licence or passport – when setting up a transfer.
  • Transfer amount. This includes the amount you want to send and the receiving currency.
  • Recipient’s details. You’ll also have to provide recipient information such as their name, and their bank details if you’re sending money to a bank account, or their mobile number if you’re sending money to their phone.
  • Reason for sending the money. You will often be required to specify a reason for sending the money, such as whether it’s a gift, a remittance or a business expense.

What to compare to get the best deal

The best money transfer for your needs depends on what you’re looking for. If you want a faster transfer it might be worth paying a bit more. Or if you’re looking for the most cost-effective transfer you should consider both the fees and the exchange rates.

  • Fees. Look at how much you’re being charged in transfer fees.
  • Exchange rates. Look at how much of one currency you’re getting for the other. This will often make even more of a difference to the overall costs than the fees will.
  • Transfer speed. How long will it take for the money to arrive in Burkina Faso?
  • Payment options. Your options may vary depending on whether you want to pay with card, cash or bank transfer.
  • Delivery methods. How does the recipient want to get the money? Are they happy to pick up cash, or do they want it delivered to their phone or bank account?
  • Customer service. How good is the service’s customer support? Will you be able to contact it if something goes wrong?

Foreign exchange rates explained

The exchange rates are how much two currencies are worth relative to each other. They’re changing constantly, which means the amount of money the recipient gets will vary depending on when you send the money.

The West African CFA franc (XOF) used in Burkina Faso is pegged to the euro at 1 EUR = 658.957 XOF. This means that whenever the euro changes, the West African CFA franc does too.

Updated: 21 Oct 2021 09:40:54 UTC

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