Send money to Africa

Send money to Africa in minutes1 with Western Union’s easy and accessible money transfer options.


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    Convenient ways to send and receive money from France to Africa

    Choose the way you pay

    With a credit3 or debit card
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    Frequently asked questions

    How much money can I send to Africa?

    Depending on where you are sending money to in Africa, you could find that the amounts vary. As an example, when sending money to Senegal, these are your maximum send amounts:

    • Send up to €5,000 in cash or to a bank account when you use your credit3 or debit card to pay.
    • Send up to €2,200 to a mobile wallet2 when you use your credit3 card, debit card, or a bank transfer to pay.
    • Send up to €5,000 in cash or to a bank account when you make a bank transfer.
    • Send up to €6,000 when you pay with cash at an agent location.

    You can select the African country you want to send money to here and find out the exact maximum amounts.

    How do I send money online to Africa?

    Send money to Africa online by logging into your existing profile or registering for free to get started. Select Send Now, the destination country, and amount you want to send. Then choose the way you want to pay and how your receiver wants to pick up the money transfer and simply follow the steps from there.

    Where I can send money to a mobile wallet2?
    CountriesMobile wallet
    CameroonOrange, MTN
    DRCAirtel, M-Pesa
    EthiopiaHelloCash, Amole, CBE Birr, TeleBirr, GizePay

    When the recipient’s currency is ETB

    GhanaMTN, Airtel, Tigo, Vodafone Cash
    Guinea BissauMTN
    Ivory CoastMTN, Orange
    KenyaAirtel, M-Pesa, Equitel
    MadagascarAirtel, Orange, mVola
    MalawiAirtel, TNM
    MaliOrange, Moov
    RwandaAirtel, MTN

    When the recipient’s currency is RWF

    SenegalFree, Orange, Wave
    Sierra LeoneOrange
    South SudanmGurush
    TanzaniaAirtel, M-Pesa, Tigo
    UgandaAirtel, MTN
    ZambiaAirtel, MTN, Zamtel
    What do I need to send money online to Africa?

    To send money to Africa online, register a free profile to get started. You’ll need the following:

    • Your personal details (full name, address, and email address).
    • A form of official ID such as your driving licence or passport.
    • Your receiver’s full name. Providing their email address and phone number are both optional.
    • If you are transferring money to their bank account or mobile wallet2, you will need all their details including their full name as it is stated on their bank account.
    • Your reason for transferring money and the source of the funds.
    How do I send money to Africa from a Western Union agent location?

    Choose one of our agent locations conveniently located throughout France. Then follow these steps:

    • Visit your chosen agent location.
    • Take your ID and the details provided by your receiver.
    • Pay for your money transfer with your chosen payment method.
    • If you started the money transfer via our app, show your ID at the desk to validate your send.
    • You will receive a unique tracking number (MTCN) that you and your receiver can use to track the transaction.
    How do I estimate the cost to transfer money to Africa?

    The costs involved for sending money to Africa vary according to the country you send to, the payment method you use, and the receiving method. Use this free estimation tool to get an accurate estimate of costs before you make a transfer to your African country of choice.

    How long does it take to send money to Africa from France?

    The time it takes will depend on the country you are sending money to, the payment method, and the receiving method you choose. As an example, these are the estimated times when sending money to Senegal:

    • Money arrives in minutes1 when sending cash and paying with cash, your credit3 card, or debit card.
    • Money arrives in 0-4 business days when sending direct to a bank account and paying with your credit3 card or debit card.
    • Money arrives in minutes when sending to a mobile wallet2 and paying with your credit3 card or debit card.
    • Money arrives in 3 business days when making a bank transfer for cash pickup.
    • Money arrives in 6 business days when making a bank transfer to an African bank account.
    • Money arrives in 4 business days when making a bank transfer to a mobile wallet2 in Africa.

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    Transfer money to Africa at any time and from any location.

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    Send money to African bank accounts

    Depending on your receiver’s location, they might have the option to receive money direct into their bank accounts for easy access.

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    Choose from thousands of agent locations

    Make in-person money transfers to Africa using the cash in your pocket. Find an agent location near you and we’ll do the rest.

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    Sign up to send money to Africa today

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    Choose how you want to send money to your friends and family in Africa and it could arrive in minutes1.

    Save your receiver’s details for future payments

    There’s no need to type in the same details every time. We’ll take care of the admin so you can send money to Africa again with ease.

    Easy to Re-send

    Our one-tap re-send function allows you to quickly and easily repeat a money transfer to a loved one.

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    Reasons to choose Western Union®

    Choose how you want to make your money transfer

    You have options. Send money to Africa online, via the app, or make an in-person money transfer.

    Committed to your security

    We offer complete peace of mind with fraud prevention and encryption solutions that get your money where it needs to go.

    Benefit from our international presence

    We operate in over 200 countries and territories around the world, making it easy for you to move your money.

    Register for free and get free estimates

    Register today and know exactly what you’ll need to pay long before you make your money transfer to Africa.

    Still have questions?

    1 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. Additional Restrictions may apply. See terms for details.

    2 Additional charges, including SMS and account cash-out fees, may be applied to the receiver’s mobile wallet account by the mobile network operator and/or wallet service provider.

    3 Some card issuers may charge additional fees for using our services. Please contact your card issuer for more information.