Send money to South Africa

It’s quick and easy to send money to South Africa with Western Union. Transfer money to South Africa from the UK for cash pickup in a matter of minutes1.

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    Convenient ways to send and receive money

    Choose how to send money to South Africa

    Using your bank details

    Cash at an agent location

    With a credit2 or debit card

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

    Benefit from easy repeat money transfers to South Africa.

    Track your money transfers to friends and family in real time.

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    Rating as of 21 April 2023.

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    Send large or small sums

    Send up to £8,000 from the UK to South Africa in a single transfer. Whether you need to pay a bill or are simply sending money to a relative, Western Union makes it easy.

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    Calculate conversion costs

    Our money transfer service makes it quick and easy to calculate conversion costs. Find out everything you need to know about transfer fees3 and exchange rates from pounds to South African rand.

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    Flexible payment options

    Pay online via credit2/debit card and online bank transfer, or by cash at any participating Western Union agent location. Simply find your nearest location and bring along your photo ID for a faster checkout.

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    Reasons to choose Western Union®

    Speed and transparency

    When you send money with Western Union, your cash should be ready for collection from one of our agent locations in South Africa within minutes1.

    Commitment to security

    We are committed to security – our encryption and fraud prevention efforts help protect your money transfers.

    International reach

    Serving more than 200 countries and territories, Western Union not only makes it easy to send money to South Africa from the UK, but other destinations as well.

    Proud heritage

    At Western Union®, we are proud to have helped people send money around the world for over 150 years.

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    Quick and easy payments

    Benefit from reliable transfers to your loved ones in South Africa at a time and place that’s convenient for you.

    Track your transfers

    With a tracking number (MTCN), you’ll benefit from peace of mind knowing exactly when your money has arrived.

    Register for free

    Register for a Western Union profile completely free of charge and send money to South Africa today.

    Send again quickly

    Save friends’ and family members’ details to speed up future money transfers to South Africa.

    Frequently asked questions

    What do I need to send money online to South Africa from the UK?

    To send money to South Africa online, you’ll need the receiver’s details, and to provide some information about the reason behind the transfer. The person collecting the money will need to answer a security question of your choosing for the funds to be released.

    How much money can I send to South Africa?

    You can send up to £8,000 GBP to South Africa. Start your money transfer in our app, online or in person with Western Union today.

    How much does it cost to send money to South Africa?

    Our currency convertor provides you with an outline of all the costs involved when sending money to South Africa – including exchange rates, transfer fees3 and transfer limits.

    How do I send money to South Africa from a Western Union agent location?
    1. Find your nearest Western Union agent location.
    2. Bring a valid ID to your chosen location, along with your receiver’s agent location in South Africa. You may be required to demonstrate proof for your source of funds, so make sure you bring a bank statement or payslip with you.
    3. Pay by cash or card.
    4. Keep hold of your receipt and tracking number (MTCN). You can share this with the receiver and track the status of your order online.
    How long will it take my money transfer to reach South Africa?

    With Western Union, you can transfer money to South Africa for cash pickup within minutes1. Please note services and funds may however be delayed or unavailable depending on certain factors, including service selection, delivery options, amount sent, destination, currency availability and regulatory issues. See our terms and conditions for more details.

    Still have questions?

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

    3 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.