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How to send money to the Netherlands

Here’s how to send a quick, affordable and secure money transfer to the Netherlands.

The Netherlands is a popular destination for travelers the world over. And when you need to send money there, either to a visitor of the country or a loved one who lives there, you’ll want to find the best rates possible to keep transfer costs cheap. Since the Netherlands uses the euro, there are plenty of options to choose from when it’s time to send money from South Africa. You’ll want to shop around to find a good deal.

Compare international money transfer services to the Netherlands

Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description CTA Details
USD 1 Within an hour ZAR 250.00 0.054 EUR
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USD 2,000 1 day ZAR 0.00 0.055 EUR
273
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EUR 8 3 - 5 days EUR 3.00 0.054 EUR
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Disclaimer: Exchange rates change often. Confirm the total cost with the provider before transferring money.

How do I compare transfer companies when sending money to the Netherlands?

Pay attention to these factors when comparing your options.

  • Exchange rates. How do each company’s exchange rates compare to the competition?
  • Fees. How much will you have to pay to send the transfer? Can you avoid a transfer fee if you send a larger amount?
  • Transfer methods. Can transfers be placed online, over the phone, by visiting a branch and/or by using a mobile app?
  • Transfer options. Can you lock in an ideal exchange rate now and transfer the money later, known as a forward contract? Does the institution offer limit orders, which allows you to take advantage of changing market conditions by executing the money transfer when a certain exchange rate is met? Can you schedule recurring payments, or does the company only provide one-off spot orders?
  • Turnaround time. Will the funds be available for your beneficiary in minutes, or will they take several working days to arrive?
  • Minimum transfer amount. What is the minimum transfer limit imposed by each company, and will this affect the size of your transfers?
  • Pickup methods. Can your beneficiary pick up the cash from their nearest transfer agent, or will the funds be deposited into their bank account?
  • Customer service. What sort of customer support is offered and during what hours can you receive assistance?

Heidi compares money transfer companies

Heidi just moved from Almere to Johannesburg with her husband and her twin daughters. Her extended family still lives in the Netherlands, and Heidi is always on the look-out for cheaper, quicker ways to send money between the Netherlands and South Africa. She usually relies on her bank, but she’s recently found a few good deals through money transfer companies and wants to compare them to see if she’ll get a better deal.

Money transfer service 1Money transfer service 2
Exchange rateR1 ZAR = 0.049 eurosR1 ZAR = 0.049 euros
Transfer fee$2$15
Amount received for R10,000488.43 euros478.24 euros
Transfer timeWithin 3 business days1 to 3 business days
Transfer optionsOnline transfer to bank accountBank transfer

Heidi gets to send €10.19 more because she took the time to compare two online transfer services. While the turnaround time and exchange are the same, she was able to send more while paying a lower fee.

How can I send money to the Netherlands from South Africa?

You can send money to the Netherlands via the following ways:

  • Bank to bank. Bank-to-bank transfers may cost more than other options but they are a secure way to send money to the Netherlands.
  • Online money transfer providers. A reliable online money transfer company can offer fast and cost-effective transactions.
  • Money transfer companies with cash pickup options. MoneyGram and Western Union are the world’s two largest providers of this service.
  • PayPal. PayPal offers secure international money transfers to many destinations around the world.
  • Checks. International checks can be obtained from SA banks and then sent overseas.

What are the steps to send money to the Netherlands?

Depending on the service you choose, you’ll need to provide some or all of the following information:

  1. Compare your options and select a provider from the money transfer table above.
  2. Click Go to site and register with the provider.
  3. Start a transaction and enter information about your recipient.
  4. Pay for your transfer.
  5. Save the tracking number to follow up on your transfer.

Foreign exchange rates explained

The exchange rate determines how much one country’s currency is worth in another currency. Traditionally, the euro is much stronger against the rand. This means that for each rand you spend, you’ll be sending less than a euro to your recipient. For example, in July 2020, the South African rand was worth approximately 0.052 euro. This amount can fluctuate from day to day, so check frequently to see if you can get a better deal when you’re sending money to the Netherlands.

Live ZAR-EUR exchange rate


Emergency cash transfers in the Netherlands

There are certain situations when you might need to send a transfer as quickly as possible. When you do need to send an emergency transfer, remember that you will usually have to pay extra in order to get your funds to your recipient ASAP. Make sure to check the exchange rate and fees that apply so you know exactly how much it will cost. Usually, you’ll have to pay high fees for a speedy transfer, and you’re unlikely to get a prime exchange rate for such short-notice transfers.

Tips for picking up cash in the Netherlands

Like any country, picking up cash can be risky. In order to minimize the chance of theft, follow these simple steps.

  • Avoid any areas where crime is known to be a problem.
  • Keep your wallet and/or bag safe and secure at all times.
  • Take a friend along to provide additional security and peace of mind.
  • Don’t flash your cash around in public.
  • Don’t carry large sums of money around for any longer than is absolutely necessary.

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