Send money to Ethiopia

Send money to Ethiopia with Western Union to support your friends and relatives with ease. Make a money transfer through our website or app, or in person.

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    Convenient ways to send and receive money from Canada to Ethiopia

    Choose the way you pay

    Cash at an agent location

    With a credit3 or debit card

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    Send money to Ethiopia in a few taps with our app

    Conveniently save receiver information for next time when sending to Ethiopia with our money transfer app.

    Send funds from wherever you are – at home, work, or the grocery store.

    Follow your money to Africa using our helpful tracker tool.

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    Ratings as of October 1, 2023.

    More information on how to send money to Ethiopia from Canada

    Explore our app

    Find agent locations, review exchange rates, and make money transfers. They’re all included in our innovative app.

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    Get in-person support

    Take the strain off your loved ones by sending money to Ethiopia via an agent location. Cash collection is often possible in minutes4.

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    Choose between different currencies

    Ethiopian birr or US dollars? Pick the currency option that’s most beneficial to your receiver.

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    Reasons to choose Western Union

    Plenty of choice

    Our user-friendly website, app and agent location network help you move money to Ethiopia from your laptop, mobile phone or in person.

    Committed to security

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    International reach

    Why stop at Africa? Transfer money to Ethiopia and beyond – we serve more than 200 countries and territories around the world.

    Proven track record

    We’ve made money transfers for over 150 years, connecting families and friends across generations.

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    Quick and easy registration

    Register for an online profile and you’ll soon be on your way to sending money.

    Real-time tracking

    Our online tracking tool helps you follow your funds across the Atlantic.

    Store useful information

    Save important receiver details to spend less time on future money transfers to Ethiopia.

    Frequently asked questions

    How much money can I send to Ethiopia?

    The maximum limit when sending money to Ethiopia is 7,500 CAD. However, lower limits may apply depending on the sending and receiving methods you choose, plus the currency. For example, a limit of 3,400 CAD is in place when sending to a mobile wallet2 in ETB. When sending from a bank account for cash pickup in USD, the limit is 999 CAD.

    How do I send money online to Ethiopia?

    With Western Union, you can make an online money transfer to Ethiopia in five easy steps:

    1. Log in or register for a free profile on our website. Click ‘Send money’ at the top of the page.
    2. Enter Ethiopia as the destination, then your sending amount.
    3. Choose your currency (ETB or USD), a payment method and a receiving method.
    4. Select an existing receiver in Ethiopia or enter any details we request about a new receiver.
    5. Confirm your payment and use your unique tracking number (MTCN) to follow your money online.
    What do I need to send money online to Ethiopia?

    To send money for cash pickup at an Ethiopian agent location, you’ll need:

    • The receiver’s legal first name, middle name, and surname, as they appear on their official ID.
    • The country code (251).
    • Your receiver’s email address and phone number if you have them.

    To send to a mobile wallet2, you’ll generally require:

    • Your receiver’s full name.
    • The name of the mobile wallet2 service provider.
    • The wallet mobile number.
    • A purpose for the money transfer.
    How do I send money to Ethiopia from a Western Union agent location?

    Sending money to Ethiopia from a Western Union agent location is easy. Here’s what to do:

    1. Find a convenient agent location close to home.
    2. Head to the counter with some government-issued ID, or a phone number. You’ll also need your receiver’s full name and other personal details. Bring along a bank statement, tax return or payslip too, in case we ask for proof of your source of funds.
    3. Use cash or a card to pay for your money transfer to Ethiopia.
    4. Share the unique tracking number (MTCN) on your receipt with your loved one, so you can both follow the funds.
    How do I estimate the cost to transfer money to Ethiopia?

    Our price estimate details page will help you work out the overall cost of transferring money to Ethiopia. Use this to review our transfer fees5, exchange rates, estimated delivery times and your currency options.

    How long does it take to send money to Ethiopia from Canada?

    Your chosen payment and receiving method can impact how long it takes your money to reach Ethiopia. For example, sending for cash pickup at an Ethiopian agent location can be done in minutes4. But other methods may take longer, and factors like holidays and regulations could have an effect.

    Network data as of December 31, 2021.

    2 Funds will be paid to receiver’s mWallet account provider for credit to account tied to receiver’s mobile number. Additional third-party charges may apply, including SMS and account over-limit and cash-out fees. Funds availability subject to terms and conditions of service. See Mobile Form for restrictions.

    3 If you’re using a credit card, a card-issuer cash advance fee and associated interest charges may apply. To avoid these fees or for reduced fees, use a debit card or check other payment methods.

    4 Funds may be delayed or services unavailable based on certain transaction conditions, including amount sent, destination country, currency availability, regulatory issues, identification requirements, agent location hours, differences in time zones, or selection of delayed options. For mobile transactions funds will be paid to the receiver’s mWallet account provider for credit to the account tied to the receiver’s mobile number. Additional third-party charges may apply, including SMS and account over-limit and cash-out fees. See the transfer form for restrictions.

    5 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.