Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ / Send money to a bank account from Kuwait

Send money to a bank account from Kuwait

Can I send money directly to a bank account?

Yes, the Western Union “direct to bank account” service is an easy and convenient way to send funds directly to a receiver’s bank account in select countries.

In which countries can I send money directly to my receiver’s bank account?

Select our Direct to bank account country information tool to see which countries have this service available. There you’ll find all the necessary information to complete a transfer directly to a bank account. For example, you can find out how long it will take for the money to be available in your receiver’s bank account depending on the destination country.

How do I send money to a bank account from Kuwait?

Just choose sending to a bank account as the payout method, when you send money online or at an agent location. You’ll need to provide the receiver’s bank account information. The requirements vary from country to country, but usually include:

  • Your receiver’s bank name and code
  • The account name and number

Select our Direct to bank account country information tool to see which countries have this service available and what information you will need.

What’s a bank code, and how do I find my receiver's bank code?

A bank code is a series of numbers used to identify banks around the world. They can have between 3 and 23 digits depending on the bank and the country.

A bank code could be also called:

  • BSB
  • SWIFT Code
  • BIC (Bank Identification Code)
  • CHIPS (Clearing House Inter-Bank Payment System) – US and Canada only
  • NCC (National Clearing Code)
  • BSC (Bank Sort Code)
  • IFSC (Indian Financial System Code)

For some countries you may need an International bank account number (IBAN) in addition to the bank code.

Ask your receiver for the bank code and IBAN (if applicable). You can refer to our Direct to bank account country information to see what details are required for each country.

What is a Bank Identification Code (BIC)?

A Bank Identification Code (BIC) is used to identify banks worldwide. BIC is the same as a SWIFT code. It consists of either 8 or 11 digits.

Ask your receiver if BIC is required in their country—you can check our Direct to bank account country information for more details.

What is an International bank account number (IBAN)?

An International Bank Account Number (IBAN) is a code used in some countries to identify a customer’s bank account. The IBAN has a letter to identify the country followed by 2 digits, and then up to 35 characters for the bank account number. Some countries require that payment sent from Australia must include the IBAN.

You can refer to our Direct to bank account country information to see what details are needed for each country. Ask your receiver for the IBAN if it’s required.

How long does a “direct to bank account” money transfer take?

The time for “Direct to bank account” money transfers varies from country to country and can take up to 5 days. For more details, please refer to our Direct to bank account country information.

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