Frequently Asked Questions


1. Does it cost anything to register at Western Union's website?

2. How can receivers register in Colombia?

3. How can receivers register in Argentina?

4. How can receivers register in China?

5. How can receivers register in Jamaica?


1. Does it cost anything to register at Western Union's website?

No, it's free to register.You can register here. It only takes a minute.

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2. How can receivers register in Colombia?

Registering to receive transfers in Colombia

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The Government of Colombia will require you to register if you receive a transfer in Colombia that exceeds its cash and frequency limits.

If you know you need to register, you can call Western Union’s Colombian partner, Giros y Finanzas, at any of the numbers below.

You can also wait for Giros y Finanzas to call you. They will try to contact you up to 3 times in the 15 days after we send the money. If Giros y Finanzas cannot reach you after 3 tries, we will cancel the transfer and refund the sender.

Giros y Finanzas contact numbers in Colombia (country code +57):

  • National office: 018000 111 999
  • Cali: (2) 518 48 00
  • Bogotá: (1) 635 35 60
  • Medellín: (4) 511 51 51
  • Barranquilla: (5) 368 79 96
  • Pereira: (6) 335 16 11

Giros y Finanzas contact numbers outside Colombia:

  • Miami (USA): +1 (786) 206 6144
  • Montreal (Canadá): +1 (514) 448 1874
  • Panamá: +507 833 9275

Giros y Finanzas office hours of operation, Colombia Time (COT) (UTC -5):

  • Monday to Friday: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Saturday, Sunday, and holidays: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm

Giros y Finanzas may ask you to provide the following:

  • Your full name (first name, middle name, paternal name, and maternal name)
  • Your date of birth
  • The country and city where you were born
  • The city you live in
  • Your address, phone/cell numbers, and email address
  • Your occupation

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How can receivers register in Jamaica?

To receive the money, you must register with our agent GraceKennedy. You can register online through the registration portal or visit a GraceKennedy Western Union Agent location in Jamaica.

To register in person at an agent location, you will need to provide the following information:

  • Your full name as it appears on your government-issued ID
  • Bank name
  • Bank branch
  • Bank account number: Please note that we can only transfer to Jamaican Dollar accounts.
  • Jamaican Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN)
  • A valid government-issued ID (including ID number and expiration date)
  • Country of birth
  • Date of birth
  • Phone number (home or mobile)
  • Home address (street, city, town, or parish)
  • Occupation
  • Your email address
  • Proof of ownership of your bank account. The following forms are acceptable:

    • Bank statement
    • Cancelled cheque (if the account being registered is a current account)
    • Account passbook


To register online, you will also need to provide the following information along with the above requested information:

  • Back and front pictures of your government-issued ID
  • A picture of your TRN card or TRN letter
  • A selfie of you holding your ID card immediately below your chin
  • Picture of your proof of address
  • Screenshot of your online banking portal with your name and account number clearly visible

Note: If you are registering at an agent location, these documents will be scanned into the registration system and returned to you.

GraceKennedy will complete the verification within 2 business days to make sure the receiver owns the given bank account. If there are any issues with your registration, you will receive an SMS, email, or phone call from the agent to address and correct it.

Please note that if your registration is not complete, the transfer may be canceled within 7 days.

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