Refreshing in: 60s | Mon, Jan 30, 06:40PM GMT
Finder is committed to editorial independence. While we receive compensation when you click links to partners, they do not influence our content.
Looking for the best way to send money from South Africa to family, friends or businesses in the United States (or even to your own bank account)? Don't head straight to your South African bank - turn to online money transfer services instead. They nearly always offer better exchange rates and lower fees - which means for the same amount of rands you send, the recipient will receive more dollars.
Use our table below to compare services that send money from the Republic of South Africa to the United States. Compare the money transfer providers' fees and speeds, then click "Go to site" when you've found the best one to send your Rands to the United States.
Here's our simple process for sending a money transfer to the United States as a cash pickup or bank transfer - the two options are similar:
If you send to an American bank account, your recipient will need to wait for the funds to arrive. For a cash pick up, your American recipient will need to show some form of photo ID in order to pick up the funds. It's also important that you give them the transaction reference number to streamline the process.
How to decide which option is best for you to send money to the United States.
To send money from South Africa to the United States, you'll need the following:
Most providers require a driver's license, passport or other South African government-issued ID. You can send transfers without the above but may need to give alternate ID instead.
Your options depend on the provider's services. Popular methods include cash, debit or credit card payments, bank account transfers and personal cheques.
You'll need their name (matching their ID) plus contact details. If sending to an American bank account, you'll need the a/c number, SWIFT|IBAN and branch details.
To collect money in person in the United States, the recipient will need:
The reference number - sometimes called a PIN, MTCN or tracking number.
An official ID, such as an American passport or driving license.
To know how much has been sent, usually to within 10% of the total.
The sender's name and address and the country from where the money was sent.
The cost of sending money to the United States from South Africa depends on the exchange rate between ZAR to USD, the fees, how you want your recipient to receive your transfer and the turnaround time:
90% of the panel believe that the MPC will increase the repo rate at the November meeting.
100% of the panel believe that the MPC will increase the repo rate at the September meeting.
Find out where South African adults are most likely to get share trading advice from.
88% of the panel believe that the MPC will increase the repo rate at the July meeting.
Meet some of the Finder authors helping you make better decisions.
Accurate information for better decisions.
Finder’s services are free, so we rely on the support of our readers and our partners to help us meet the costs of delivering our services.
Send money to Chile
ZAR-CAD is easy with our comprehensive guide to the best ways to send money from South Africa to Canada.
finder.com is an independent comparison platform and information service that aims to provide you with the tools you need to make better decisions. While we are independent, the offers that appear on this site are from companies from which finder.com receives compensation. We may receive compensation from our partners for placement of their products or services. We may also receive compensation if you click on certain links posted on our site. While compensation arrangements may affect the order, position or placement of product information, it doesn't influence our assessment of those products. Please don't interpret the order in which products appear on our Site as any endorsement or recommendation from us. finder.com compares a wide range of products, providers and services but we don't provide information on all available products, providers or services. Please appreciate that there may be other options available to you than the products, providers or services covered by our service.