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How to send money abroad

Send money internationally to over 200 countries and territories with Western Union, powered by 145+ years of expertise.

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Send money abroad online

Western Union makes it easy for you to support your loved ones from the UK online. In fact, sending money from the UK is as simple as a few clicks on our website or a few taps on our convenient app.

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Send money online with just a few clicks

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Send by app

Make international transfers from our app with a few taps and swipes

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Check out our transfer fees and exchange rates

Surprises are fun for parties, not fees and exchange rates! Always use our handy money transfer tool to check today’s exchange rates before you send. We’ll give you an estimate of how much the transfer will cost and what your receiver should get.

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Send to a bank account

Did you know that you can transfer money to banks in 50+ countries? Make it convenient for your receiver with money transfers straight to their bank account2.

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Choose how they’ll receive your money

There are plenty of convenient options for receiving international money transfers. Depending on the country you are sending to, your money can be transferred directly to bank accounts, for a cash pick up at our agent locations or even mobile wallets!

Send to a bank account

Transfer directly to billions of bank accounts2 in a few simple steps

Why send to a bank account?

Send for a cash pick up

Send money to one of our 525,000+ agent locations3 for a cash pick up in minutes2

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Send to a mobile wallet

Transfer money directly to mobile wallets2 in selected countries

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Want to learn more how to receive money abroad?

We‘ve got you covered. Visit our dedicated page to find out what receivers need to know about collecting money transfers.

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Paying for your international money transfer

Choose from a number of convenient payment options when reliably sending money abroad.

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Send with our money transfer app

Make your money transfers more convenient with the Western Union® app. Check fees and exchange rates, transfer money 24/7 and track your transfers on the go.

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Want to send money abroad in person? Here’s how.

With 5,200 agent locations3 in the UK, we’re always close by. Simply find a nearby Western Union location and send money transfers with the help of our agent in 3 easy steps.

Set up the transfer

Provide our agent with your transfer details and show a valid ID

Pay for the transaction

Give the transfer sum together with all fees in cash or pay with your debit card

Inform your receiver

Share the Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) with your receiver5

What you need to know before your visit

To send money in person, don’t forget to bring a valid form of ID! Accepted IDs include current signed passports, driving licenses, emergency passports or travel documents, or ships passports. You must also know the receiver’s full name as it appears on their ID.

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How long does a money transfer take?

If you’re sending money abroad for a cash pick up, your receiver may be able to collect it in minutes2. Both senders and receivers can easily track the status of a transfer using its unique MTCN, so check how your money’s doing on our website or with our handy app.

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Need our help?

Don’t worry – if you’ve got any questions, give us a call at 0808 234 9168 (UK residents only) or reach us by email at uk.customer@westernunion.co.uk.

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Why send money with Western Union?

It’s quick

Send money around the world for cash pick-up in minutes2

It’s global

Money transfers available to hundreds of thousands of agent locations in 200+ countries and territories

It’s convenient


We give you options. Send money in a way convenient for you, let them receive it in a way convenient for them.

It’s trusted


Millions of people trust in our 145+ years of experience to move money every day

Send money to 200+ countries and territories

Make international money transfers online or in person to almost anywhere in the world with Western Union.

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

2 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 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. See the transfer form for restrictions.

3 Agent location count valid as of June 30, 2019.

4 Due to local restrictions, in some countries exchange rates can only be fixed on receiver.

5 Do not share details of the money transfer to anyone other than your receiver.