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How to send money to Mozambique

Need to send money to Mozambique? Here are your best choices for money transfer services.

Finding a bank that can convert your rand to Mozambican metical can be difficult, but it’s not your only option. There are many ways, including dedicated money transfer companies, you can use to wire money to your recipient in Mozambique. Before you get started, compare the transfer fees and exchange rates of the many options available to you so you can get the best deal.

Steps to send money to Mozambique

  1. Compare the money transfer providers in our table below.
  2. Click Go to Site when you’ve made your decision.
  3. Register with the provider and start a new transaction.
  4. Supply your recipient’s information.
  5. Pay for your transaction and save your tracking number.
  6. Confirm that your recipient has received the transfer.

Compare money transfer services to Mozambique

Use our interactive table to compare transfer fees and other details for sending funds to Mozambique with our money transfer partners.

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
USD 1 Within an hour ZAR 250.00 4.387 MZN
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Disclaimer: Exchange rates change often. Confirm the total cost with the provider before transferring money.

How do I compare my options when sending money to Mozambique?

  • Exchange rates. The MZN > ZAR exchange rate has weakened with recent dips due to political unrest that affected the economy. Compare the rate you’re offered to the mid-market rate — the rate banks and transfer services use when they trade among themselves — and look for the smallest margin between them.
  • Transfer fees. Find out whether the provider charges a flat fee or a percentage of your transfer. If you’re sending a large amount, ask whether you qualify for a fee-free transfer.
  • Transfer speed. If it needs to be there fast, companies like Western Union and MoneyGram allow for quick cash pickups, often in minutes. If you’ve more time, you’ll get better rates and fees with an independent provider.
  • “Hedging” options. Ask whether you can schedule payments ahead of time or protect your transfer against market fluctuations with a limit order or forward contract.
  • Transfer limits. Your best option might depend on how much you want to send. For large transfers, weigh the best exchange rate — especially since providers encourage large transfers by offering low fees. For smaller amounts, consider the fees you’ll pay on top of the exchange rate.
  • Customer service. Most companies offer customer service by Internet chat, phone, in person or by email. Make sure help will be available if you need it.

How can I send money to Mozambique from South Africa?

  • Bank transfers. Your major South African banks may allow you to wire money to banks in Mozambique.
  • Money transfer providers. It’s simple and convenient to send an online money transfer to Mozambique from the comfort of your home.
  • Providers with cash pickup. Companies like Western Union and MoneyGram offer the option of cash pickups from thousands of agent locations across Mozambique.
  • M-Pesa. M-Pesa is a safe, secure way to send, receive and store money through your mobile phone or an app. Top up your account at one of more than 287,000 agent locations and then send money to loved ones, who can visit an agent to withdraw their funds.
  • PayPal. Electronic payment giant PayPal allows you to send money from South Africa to Mozambique.
  • Checks and money orders. Although not a quick option, you could send an international check overseas, obtained from your bank or postal service.

Foreign exchange rates explained

Exchange rate is used to determine how much one currency is worth when exchanged for another. Historically, the South African rand has been weak against the Mozambican metical — meaning you’ll be able to send less than a metical to your recipient per rand you spend. Keep in mind that exchange rates fluctuate daily. If you aren’t getting a good exchange rate one day and your recipient can wait, see what the market looks like in a few days so you can find the best deal.

Emergency cash transfers to Mozambique

Although emergency transfers may be possible, especially if a friend or family member is in a pinch, this will generally be your worst option. This is because you’ll have to pay extra money in fees for the quick speed, and your transfer provider won’t offer the best exchange rate. If your recipient can wait even a day, you may be able to avoid these extra fees and a poor exchange rate when sending money to Mozambique.

Tips for picking up cash in Mozambique

When picking up cash in Mozambique, remain cautious. Carrying large amounts of money around can be dangerous wherever you go, so keep an eye out and make sure you and your belongings are safe when moving cash from one place to another. Here are a few simple precautions you can take to prevent yourself from becoming a target:

  • Call ahead. Learn the company’s business hours and choose a safe time to pick up your cash. Daylight hours are best.
  • Bring a friend. Carrying money when alone can be dangerous. Ask a friend to come along.
  • Deposit your money immediately. The likelihood of losing your money to theft or simple carelessness grows the longer you have it with you. Go straight to a bank and deposit your cash as soon as possible.
  • Keep your cash hidden. Place your money in your purse or wallet before leaving the office. Carrying cash out in the open could make you a target.

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