Send money to abroad from the UK

Transfer money internationally to over 200 countries and territories with Western Union, quickly and reliably.

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Send money abroad online in five simple steps

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Register for your free profile

Whether you’re online or on our app, simply log in to your profile. If you don’t have a profile, register now for free.

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Enter your transfer details

Enter the amount you’d like to send and where to send it. Then choose the receiving option and payment method.

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Enter your receiver’s details

Enter your receiver’s banking details to transfer money to their bank account. Or, provide their name and address to send funds for cash pick-up.

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Pay and send

Choose whether to pay with your credit or debit card1, or with your bank account, review the details and send.

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Track your transfer

After you send, we’ll email you the confirmation with the tracking number (MTCN). You can share with your receiver and easily track your transfer online.

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More ways to transfer money abroad with Western Union

In person at an agent location

With more than 5,400 agent locations2 in the U.K., we’re always close by.

On the go with our app

Send money abroad quickly and reliably 24/7 to over 200 countries and territories with our app.

Start on the app, pay cash at an agent location

Combine the best of retail and digital: start your international money transfer on our app, then pay in cash at a nearby agent location.

Frequently Asked Questions about sending money abroad from the U.K.

How do I send money overseas online to a bank account?
1. Log in or register and verify your free profile. Click ‘Send now’ to start your transfer.
2. Enter the destination and amount you’d like to send. Transaction times vary per destination, but you’ll be able to view the times as you make your selections.
3. Select ‘Bank account.’ You can select a past receiver or enter your receiver’s bank account details.
4. Pay with your credit or debit card1.
5. We will send you a confirmation email with a tracking number of your transaction (MTCN). You can share this number with your receiver to track the funds.
How do I send money abroad online for cash pick-up?
Sending money online for cash pick-up is a fast and convenient option if you need to transfer funds quickly. Simply pay by credit, debit card or bank transfer and the money is ready for cash pick-up in minutes3.
If paying by credit or debit card1:
1. Log in or register and verify your free profile. Click ‘Send now’ to start your transfer.
2. Enter the destination and amount you’d like to send. Select ‘Cash pick-up’ and payment by card.
3. Enter your receiver’s name and address.
4. Pay with your credit or debit card.
5. We will send you a confirmation email with a tracking number for your transaction (MTCN). Share this number with your receiver for fast cash pick-up.
If paying by bank transfer:
1. Log in or register and verify your free profile. Click ‘Send now’ to start your transfer.
2. Enter the destination and amount you’d like to pay with a bank account. Select ‘Cash pick-up.’
3. Verify your bank account and complete your money transfer.
4. We will send you a confirmation email with a tracking number for your transaction (MTCN). Share this number with your receiver for fast cash pick-up.
How do I send money abroad online to a mobile wallet4?
You can send money directly to your receiver’s phone if they have a mobile wallet4 from one of our partners and are in a country where this service is available. To find out where, click here and select the country you wish to send to, and look for the Mobile Wallet icon.
1. Check available destination countries and mobile providers.
2. Log in or register and verify your free profile. Click ‘Send now’ to start your transfer.
3. Choose delivery ‘To a mobile wallet’ and enter the destination and amount.
4. Enter your receiver’s name and mobile number.
5. Pay with your checking account, credit card or debit card1.
6. You and your receiver will get a confirmation alert via text5 notification when the money is delivered.
How do I send money internationally with the Western Union® app?
The Western Union® app lets you send money on the go to a bank account, for cash pick-up or to a mobile wallet3.
1. If you already have the Western Union® app, log in with Touch ID or your credentials. If you don’t have our app yet, simply download it on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. New users can follow the steps to register a profile with your email address.
2. Start a transfer by entering the destination country and the amount you’d like to send. Choose the payout method that works for you: directly to a bank account, for cash pick-up or to a mobile wallet4 based on your receiver’s country. Enter your receiver’s details.
3. Pay for your money transfer via debit or credit card, or with your bank account.
4. We’ll provide the tracking number for your transaction (MTCN). Share this number with your receiver to track the funds. If sending to a mobile wallet4, you and your receiver will get a confirmation alert via text5 notification when the money is delivered.
How much money can I send online?

If you want to send more than 799.99 GBP within a five-day period, we will need to confirm your identity first. Once we have finished your confirmation, you’ll be able to send up to 4,000 GBP within a three-day period. For bank transfer to bank account payouts, you will be able to send up to 50,000 GBP per transfer depending on the selected country. Bank transfer is available for U.K. residents only. Additional limits may apply.

How do I send money abroad at an agent location?
1. Search for a Western Union location near you.
2. Go directly to the counter with your valid government-issued ID or phone number and bring your receiver’s bank and account information. Please note you may need to provide proof of source of funds, so ensure you have a bank statement, payslip or tax return with you.
3. Pay with cash or a debit/credit card1.
4. We’ll provide you a receipt with the tracking number for your transaction (MTCN). Share this number with your receiver to track the funds.
How much does an international money transfer cost with Western Union?

The cost to send money with Western Union varies depending on the method of sending and receiving. For example, an international cash transfer may cost more than sending money domestically for cash pick-up.

You can use our price estimator to get a feel for how much your money transfer will cost.

What information do I need to send money overseas?

To send money in person, 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.

How can I find out if my money has been sent?

If you’re sending money abroad for cash pick-up, your receiver may be able to collect the funds in minutes3. Both senders and receivers can easily track transfers using the MTCN online or with our app.

Still have questions about sending money online?

Contact our Customer Care team or visit our FAQ page for more information.

Register to send money abroad today

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Quick and easy registration

It’s easy to start sending money online and in
person today.

Track your transfer

You can easily track your transfer online or via our app using the MTCN.

Pay the way that works for you

Pay online using your bank account, credit/debit card1 or cash in-store.

Convenient locations

Send money to a Western Union® agent location near your receiver.

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Relied on by customers around the world

As a company working in cross-border, cross-currency money movement, Western Union aims to help grow economies and create a better world. You have the capability to send funds online, with our app or in person to billions of accounts worldwide. So, go ahead: send money with us and enjoy ease of use, reliable service and all the other benefits we have to offer.

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The easy, reliable way to transfer money around the world

Send money with our online services, the Western Union® app or in person at an agent location, to virtually anywhere in the world quickly and reliably.

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

2 Agent location count valid as of 31 December 2019.

3 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.

4 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.

5 Additional charges may be applied by the telephone service provider.