Send money to South Africa

Send money to South Africa  for fast and reliably cash pickup from a Western Union agent location.


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    $0 transfer fee and our best exchange rate on your first online transfer

    Convenient ways to send and receive money

    Pay the way that works for you

    Debit card or credit card
    Online via PayID with your bank account
    Via Apple Pay® or Google Pay in our app
    In cash at an agent location

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    Send money to South Africa in a few taps with our app

    Send online on the go or start on our app and pay in-store.

    Track your money transfer to South Africa in real time.

    Repeat transfers quickly to friends and family.

    Ratings as of July 2023.

    More information on how to send money to South Africa from Australia

    Your first online money transfer is on us

    Sign up and complete your profile to enjoy 0 AUD fee1 on your first online transfer. You can also get a free estimate anytime and without obligation to send money later.

    Pay by PayID

    If you pay by PayID bank transfer, you pay a flat 99c transfer fee4.


    Check your money transfer to South Africa for free

    Convert AUD to ZAR and get a handle on your fees and charges. Work out the total cost to transfer money to South Africa from Australia, with no obligation.

    Reasons to choose Western Union®

    Ease and convenience

    Send money to South Africa from Australia the way that’s convenient for you: online, via our app, or in person at an agent location.

    Commitment to security

    Our encryption and fraud prevention efforts help protect your Western Union money transfers to South Africa.

    Fast and transparent

    Send money to South Africa from Australia in minutes3 for cash pickup and track your money easily along the way.

    Worldwide reach

    We make a global average of 25 transactions per second and move money from Australia to over 200 countries and territories.

    Sign up to send money to South Africa today

    Quick and easy registration

    It’s easy to sign up and send money online 24/7.

    Track your transfer

    Use your unique tracking number (MTCN) to track your money transfer to South Africa online or via our app.

    Convenient locations

    Send money from Australia to South Africa and your receiver can pick up the cash at a Western Union agent location near them. There are more than 5002 to choose from across the country.

    Pay the way you like

    Pay for your transfers to South Africa online through your bank account, with your credit or debit card, or with cash in-store.

    Frequently asked questions

    How do I transfer money from Australia to South Africa online?

    Start sending money from Australia to South Africa in a few simple steps:

    1. Log in to your profile or register for a free Western Union account. When registering for the first time you’ll need your passport or Australian driver’s license for verification.
    2. Click ‘Send now’, then choose South Africa as the destination. Tap in the amount of money you want to transfer to South Africa.
    3. Add your receiver’s details. Include their full name (as it appears on their passport) and the destination. When sending to a bank account in South Africa, add their address, city, bank name, account number and bank city.
    4. Select the way you’ll pay for the transfer (debit or credit card, bank transfer – POLi).
    5. Check your email for a receipt containing a tracking number (MTCN). Share this with your receiver and you’ll both be able to track its progress in real time.
    What do I need to send money online to South Africa?

    You must be over 18 to send money to South Africa online with Western Union. To get started you also need your:

    • Receiver’s full name and address (matching their ID).
    • Internet banking details, Visa® or Mastercard® credit, debit or prepaid card – issued by an Australian bank.
    • Australian driver’s license or passport, but only when first registering with Western Union.


    If we need more information to confirm your identity, you might have to ring our call centre, but we’ll inform you if this is the case.

    How do I send money to South Africa from a Western Union agent location?

    Send money to South Africa from Australia in person by following these simple steps:

    1. Visit the most convenient Western Union agent location (choose from more than 3,600 across Australia). Use the app or find a location online.
    2. Inform the agent of your full name and presenting valid government-issued ID as verification.
    3. Provide your receiver’s first name and surname, destination country (South Africa) and the amount to send (in Australian dollars or South African rand).
    4. Choose whether they’ll receive the money in cash or direct to a bank account, and giving relevant details.
    5. Use cash, or a debit or credit card to pay for the money transfer to South Africa. Check your email or the receipt for a Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN), which you and your receiver can use to track the transfer.
    Can I send money to a South African bank account?

    You can send money to select ABSA bank branches in South Africa. Receivers must be at least 18 years old, present a valid ID card and further proof of identification from within the past three months (such as a utility bill, lease or rental agreement, Telkom or cellular phone account and more).

    How much money can I send to South Africa?

    How much money you can send to South Africa varies based on your specific daily transaction limit, your transfer history and your payment and receiving method. Check your profile to see your current limit.

    When sending money online to South Africa, the maximum daily transfer limit is AUD $5,000 for cash pickup and $50,000 to a bank account. You can send up to $7,500 at an agent location, though need to meet specific security and compliance regulations to send more.

    2 Network data as of 30 September 2021.

    3 Funds may be delayed or services unavailable based on certain transaction conditions, including amount sent, destination country, currency availability, regulatory issues, identification requirements, required receiver action(s), agent location hours, differences in time zones, or selection of delayed options. Additional Restrictions may apply. See terms for details.

    4 Western Union also makes money from currency exchange. When choosing a money transmitter, carefully compare both transfer fees and exchange rates. Fees, foreign exchange rates and taxes may vary by brand, channel, and location based on a number of factors. Fees and rates subject to change without notice.