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Send money to Costa Rica

Send money to Costa Rica with ease. Transfer money online or at an agent location to put a smile on the faces of loved ones.

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    80% customers take less than 6 minutes to complete an online transfer with WU.

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    We’ve sent money around the world for over 150 years

    Convenient ways to send and receive money

    Choose the way you pay

    Using your bank details

    Cash at an agent location

    With a credit2 or debit card

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    Send money to Costa Rica in a few taps with our app

    Track your money transfer to Costa Rica in real time.

    Save important details and enjoy automated repeat transfers.

    Send money to Costa Rica from anywhere on the go, whenever you like.

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    Easily send money to Costa Rica

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    More information on how to send money to Costa Rica from the USA

    Get cost estimates

    Check exchange rates and transfer fees4 using our app and online tools to send money to Costa Rica.

    Estimate your costs

    Repeat transfers

    If you send money to family and friends in Costa Rica regularly, save their details and schedule transfers in advance. That way, you’ll never miss a payment.

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    Send money to Costa Rican bank accounts

    It’s quick and easy to transfer funds to major Costa Rican banks. Pay online with a bank transfer, credit2, or debit card, and your money will arrive in Costa Rican Colon.

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    Reasons to choose Western Union®

    Convenient choices

    Send money to Costa Rica from the USA in whichever way is best for you. Transfer online, via the Western Union® app, or in person at an agent location.

    Our heritage

    Western Union has 150 years of experience in sending money, so you can feel confident using our reliable service.

    Security commitment

    Have peace of mind when you make money transfers. Send money to Costa Rica with encryption and fraud prevention in place.

    International reach

    Western Union can help you to transfer money to more than 2001 countries and territories. See the full list of available destinations.

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    How to get started

    You can easily register for free in a few quick steps to start transferring money to Costa Rica today.

    Earn My WUSM points

    Rewards, cash back and transfer fee discounts5 are all available when you sign up for our membership program.

    Make fast repeat transfers

    Save the details of friends and family in Costa Rica. Next time you send them funds, all the hard work is already done.

    Track transfers

    You’ll receive a unique tracking number (MTCN) when you make a money transfer, so you can track your funds in real time.

    Frequently asked questions

    How much money can I send to Costa Rica?

    You can send up to $5,000 to receivers in Costa Rica online or via an agent location. The amount will be converted into Costa Rican colon.

    How do I send money to Costa Rica online?

    Find out how to send money to Costa Rica by following these steps:

    1. Register for a free Western Union profile or log in if you already have one. Click the ‘Send now’ button to continue.
    2. Type in the amount to send and make Costa Rica the destination. You’ll then see estimated delivery times on the right-hand side of the screen.
    3. Choose from cash pickup or bank account3 as your receiving method.
    4. Select from credit card2, debit card or bank account3 as sending methods.
    5. Fill in the information requested about your receiver (including national ID number), plus payment details.
    6. Follow your funds with the tracking number (MTCN) included on your email receipt. Share it with your receiver so they know when it’s ready to collect.
    What do I need to send money online to Costa Rica?

    Use your US driver’s license, passport or government-issued ID to register online. Then, you’ll need your receiver’s:

    • First and last name
    • Address
    • Email address
    • Bank name
    • International Bank Account Number (IBAN)
    • National ID number


    Make sure the receiver’s name and address matches exactly how it appears on their government-issued ID.

    How do I send money to Costa Rica from an agent location?

    Here’s how to send money to Costa Rica in person:

    1. Find a US agent location convenient for you using our online tool.
    2. Show your receiver’s bank and account information at the counter. Bring your valid government-issued ID, phone number or My WUSM number too.
    3. Use a US bank-issued debit card or cash to pay for the transfer.
    4. Make note of the unique tracking number (MTCN) on your receipt and share with your receiver to keep an eye on your transfer.
    How do I estimate the cost to transfer money to Costa Rica?

    Use our price estimator to find out how much sending money to Costa Rica could cost. Enter how much you want to send in US dollars and choose the currency of the receiver. Then check out the estimated transfer amount and transfer fee4.