7 Cheapest Ways to Receive, Send, and Transfer Money from France

Discover the top 9 online platforms that offer the most cost-effective international money transfer options. These user-friendly platforms provide instant calculation of transfer fees and the final amount after conversion, prior to confirmation. With support for over 40 currencies across more than 70 countries, including France, these platforms are perfect for travelers and individuals with relatives living overseas who need to make financial transfers.

Click here for the full list of the top nine options.

While this may not appear to be directly related to travel, it can be incredibly useful for those planning to travel or immigrate abroad. (I will explain how in a moment).

(Also, be sure to check out our page with 10 alternative countries to relocate to if you or someone you know is considering moving abroad).

 

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Here are some scenarios in which you might find the services of the companies mentioned below useful for sending money to other countries:

  • You’re planning a trip abroad and want to save money on currency exchange (more on this later).
  • You’re participating in a study abroad program or studying in France and need money from your family in your home country.
  • Your family members are studying or working abroad and need your financial assistance, so you need to send money to another country.
  • You’re employed in France and need to send money to your family in your home country.
  • You need to transfer funds to yourself as you live in France, but your money is in your home country.
  • Your spouse is working overseas and needs to send you money.
  • You need to send or receive money from international suppliers or customers.
  • You need to make an international payment (read the end of the article to learn how to avoid scams!).
  • You’re traveling and have run out of money, and your family needs to send you money to help you continue your journey.
  • You’ve been robbed while traveling and need your family to send money to help you.
  • You earn a salary in France and want to send money back home for investments.
  • You have international accounts and need to transfer money to your home country.
  • You want to make online international money transfers without the need to visit a physical bank branch.
  • You may find yourself in various situations where you need to send or receive money from abroad. This can include scenarios like planning a trip overseas and wanting to save money on currency exchange, participating in a study abroad program or working in France and needing financial support, transferring funds between your international accounts, or making an online international payment.

The online platforms listed below are available to residents or citizens of any country worldwide, including Portugal, the United States, Ireland, Argentina, Spain, and more. With user-friendly interfaces, instant calculation of transfer fees and final amounts post-conversion, and support for over 40 currencies in more than 70 countries (including France!), these platforms can help you make cost-effective and secure international money transfers.

Let’s dive in!

 

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Important note: Official/spot exchange rate vs. retail/tourist exchange rate

In this article, we will explore the difference between the “official/commercial exchange rate” and the “tourism exchange rate.”

Simply put, exchanging your money at the commercial exchange rate or the closest possible rate is always more advantageous as it results in fewer losses when converting currencies. The commercial exchange rate is the rate used in the financial market for trading large sums of money, much like “wholesale” exchange rates.

Most of the companies we recommend below use the official/commercial exchange rate or something very close to it, except for a few that don’t, which we will mention.

In contrast, the tourism exchange rate is the rate offered by airports, banks, and exchange offices when you exchange money. They use this rate because they have additional costs and want to make more money from you during the transaction. This is the least favorable exchange rate.

Therefore, always aim to exchange currencies using the official/commercial exchange rate and NOT the retail/tourist exchange rate. We have specified which rate each company uses in the list below.

 

How to Send Money Abroad and Save Money While Traveling?

As you may know from our previous article on handling money and exchanging while traveling, using your debit, credit, or prepaid card abroad results in a 6.38% IOF charge on each transaction’s value. This amounts to a significant sum of money!

The most cost-effective option would be to exchange money in your home country before traveling, buying dollars, euros, or other currencies at commercial rates from banks or exchange offices and using them while abroad. However, carrying a lot of cash while traveling is not recommended, and the quotes used by exchange brokers are tourist quotations and may not be very attractive, resulting in a loss of money.

A more affordable alternative for travelers is to use one of the options below to send money to family and friends in the countries you plan to visit during your trip. Upon arrival, you can retrieve the money in the local currency from the acquaintances who received your money from your home country.

For example, suppose you’re in Brazil and plan to travel to Australia, where your brother is studying. In that case, you can use one of the nine companies listed below to transfer money to your brother’s checking account. He can withdraw the money in dollars and return it to you upon your arrival in Australia. This way, you don’t have to exchange money before leaving Brazil or upon arriving in Australia.

Now, let’s explore the nine best and most cost-effective companies and websites for sending, receiving, and transferring money abroad. But first…

 

What’re the 3 ways you should NEVER send and receive money abroad?

 

#1) BANKS

Many people worldwide believe that using a bank is a simple and inexpensive way to send or receive funds internationally. However, this is far from true!

International transfers through banks can be EXPENSIVE! Banks utilize SWIFT code (or BIC) and IBAN for incoming and outgoing global wire transfers…and they will capitalize on you!

Typically, they charge a percentage of the total transfer amount, along with a fee that can sometimes be nearly as much as the transfer itself…and to make matters worse, the exchange rate they offer is terrible! So, if you send money to another country through a bank, you’re likely to lose a significant amount of money unnecessarily.

For example, if you use an American bank to transfer money to a European bank, fees could quickly add up to at least $45 for a single wire transfer (in addition to a poor exchange rate).

Xe (one of the companies I recommend below) provides a comprehensive comparison of their rates and the rates of major banks for global wire transfers (previously known as HiFX, which they acquired).

 

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And this table gives you an idea of the fees charged by banks for incoming and outgoing international wire transfers…ouch!

 

 

#2) and #3) Western Union or MoneyGram

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These are two of the largest money transfer companies worldwide. Unfortunately, this also implies that many people use them and unwittingly waste their money, simply because they are unaware of better alternatives.

But if so many others use Western Union and MoneyGram, why should you steer clear of them?

Because they…

  • Are exorbitantly costly and charge a significant percentage of the funds you are sending (For example, MoneyGram will charge you nearly 25% of the amount you are transferring – which is $22 for a $100 transfer…an absolute ripoff!)
  • Do not provide online options for sending or receiving money (you must personally visit their branch and so must the recipient) Typically use the retail/tourist exchange rate (also known as the unfavorable rate)

 

One last time, here are the 3 ways you should NOT do international transfers to France:

#1) Banks

#2) Western Union

#3) MoneyGram

 

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Then what are the cheapest and most practical ways to do international money transfers?

I will now present my preferred options based on their cost-effectiveness and convenience, whether through mobile applications or web platforms. However, I recommend trying out all available alternatives to identify the one that best meets your needs and financial situation.

 

    1. Wise (formerly Transferwise)Wise

Wise, formerly known as TransferWise, is a highly cost-effective and user-friendly option for sending money globally. Personally, I highly recommend this service and frequently use it myself.

To use Wise, you will need a bank account in the recipient’s currency, which doesn’t have to be in your name, making it perfect for sending money to family and friends. You can enter the currency and amount you want to send, such as BRL to EUR, along with the amount you wish to transfer, such as BRL 1,000. Wise will provide you with the final amount the recipient will receive in euros, which includes all applicable fees, taxes, and other charges.

It’s important to note that Wise employs Google’s official exchange rate for BRL to EUR conversions, ensuring that you receive the best possible rate, regardless of the transfer direction or currencies involved.

To proceed, input your information, including the recipient’s banking details, even if it’s your foreign account. Wise will provide you with a payment slip to pay the transfer amount, with no additional charges for issuing the slip. You can pay the slip at a bank, even if you don’t have an account there, or pay online using internet banking from your home.

In some cases, depending on the origin country, you can transfer funds to Wise using a domestic transfer, debit card, or credit card (with an additional fee for credit card payments).

The funds usually arrive in the recipient’s account within 1-3 business days, though this may differ based on the location.

 

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And notice that the currency exchange rate from Wise is pretty much the same as the official one given by Google!

 

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Pros of using Wise for international money transfers:

  • It’s the cheapest way to transfer money I’ve found– their fee is only around 0.35% of the total transfer value
  • They use the official exchange rate (which is much better than the “tourist” exchange rate)
  • It’s super practical – you can do everything online
  • It’s cheaper and easier than sending money internationally using banks
  • There isn’t a minimum transaction amount
  • You can use Wise to transfer money overseas for your Business and pay suppliers or employees
  • You can send money to more than 40 countries plus all the countries that use the Euro (19 in total) *
  • You can receive payments worldwide

 

By the way, if you want to send money to Spain, Portugal, Ireland, or other countries that use the Euro, the process is the same. All you need is to select Euro when you begin your transfer and then put the info of the bank account in the country receiving the money.

 

*Countries that use the Euro:

Germany, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, the Vatican, Kosovo, Montenegro.

 

Cons of using Wise for international money transfers:

  • Until recently, it was not possible to send money if the person did not have a current account in the destination country of the transaction. But now, with Wise’s digital and physical cards, you can make payments directly from your account on the platform, but check availability in your region!

However, if in the country you are in this service is not yet available, an easy way to circumvent this problem is by using the checking account of someone you trust. Here in Sweden, for example, I helped a fellow Brazilian receive money here from his family in Brazil. They transferred the money to my Swedish bank account, I withdrew the money from the ATM and gave it to him.

 

Personal experience with Wise:

I’ve used Wise to send money from the United States to Brazil (which can be done with a credit card!), from the United States to Sweden, from Australia to Sweden, from Australia to Sweden, and from Sweden to the United States. It’s always worked smoothly for me! So, I’d definitely recommend it.

 

If you want to see, here’s a video explaining how Wise works:

 

 

 

    2. Xe

Xe is a well-known platform that facilitates international money transfers for individuals. Like CurrencyFair and Wise, Xe also offers this service.

In addition, Xe is among the largest websites globally for checking exchange rates between any two currencies, including their historical values. This feature is extremely useful in evaluating whether a particular currency is appreciating or depreciating in relation to another.

To view transfer fees, you must sign up for a free account with them beforehand.

It’s worth noting that Xe does not offer money transfer services to certain countries. However, it is an excellent choice for individuals of other nationalities who wish to send and receive funds globally.

 

 

PROS of using Xe for international money transfers:

  • Xe does not have a minimum or maximum limit for the transfer value.
  • They charge a relatively low fee to send and receive money from abroad (for example: for transfers up to 500 USD a fee of 3 USD is charged)
  • They don’t charge any fees to send or exchange abroad
  • They use a rate close to the official rate
  • It’s super practical – you can do everything online
  • You can send money to more than 26 countries plus all the countries that use the Euro

You can see which currencies they work with on their homepage here.

And you can easily sign up on Xe for free to check how much you’d save on a transfer.

 

Cons of using Xe to transfer money:

  • They don’t with all currencies
  • You must open an account before getting a quote for the cost of your transfer…..but it’s free to open an account and super fast
  • Sometimes it costs more to transfer with Xe than with Wise or CurrencyFair because their rates aren’t always as good (you’ll have to compare for your individual transaction to see what is best)

 

My personal experience with Xe: 

Honestly, I’ve never used Xe. But I have a friend who tried using it to send money from the United States to Sweden and she said everything worked just fine and the cost was pretty good. Plus, I use them all the time to check currency exchange rates when I’m traveling overseas. 

 

 

   3. WorldRemitworld-remit

WorldRemit is a Brussels-based company that is fully authorized by the National Bank of Belgium. They operate in more than 150 countries worldwide, including the US, UK, India, Brazil, and several European nations, and facilitate transactions in over 90 currencies.

In addition to money transfers, WorldRemit offers mobile top-ups in over 110 destinations. They charge low service and exchange fees, and the first international money transfer is free of charge, making it an attractive option for those looking to send money abroad.

 

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Pros of using WorldRemit for international money transfers:

  • Low fees and first free transfer
  • Services available in several countries
  • Cell phone recharge option

 

Cons of using WorldRemit for international transfers:

  • No website in Portuguese

 

Personal experience with WorldRemit: WorldRemit really does work at low rates, so it’s worth making a quote through this site and comparing it to others on the list. Also, your first download is completely free!

 

 

   4. Remitlyremitly logo

Remitly has emerged as a prominent name in the international money transfer industry. While its initial services were limited to the United States, it has now expanded its reach to many other countries worldwide.

One of the key benefits of Remitly is its ability to provide remote remittance services. This feature allows users to transfer money to a foreign country and have it delivered to the recipient’s desired location in cash using their delivery service.

In addition to their delivery service, Remitly also offers online transfers to both traditional and digital bank accounts.

 

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Pros of using Remitly for international money transfers:

  • Remittance option delivered in cash to the desired address;
  • Simple and super practical interface;
  • Transfer option for digital accounts.

 

Cons of using Remitly for international transfers:

  • The site is not available in Portuguese;
  • Compared to other companies on the list, it does not work with a large number of countries.

 

Personal experience with Remitly:

I’ve never used Remitly, but user feedback is pretty positive. This is really a great option if you need to send money to someone who is not comfortable with technology or if you need cash on hand for a trip, for example.

 

 

    5. CurrencyFairinternational transfers 0

CurrencyFair operates in the same way as Wise and follows an identical process for transferring money.

However, in contrast to Wise, CurrencyFair has a limitation in that it supports a smaller number of currencies and does not offer services for some currencies, such as the Brazilian reais.

 

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Pros of using CurrencyFair for international money transfers:

  • It’s a super cheap way to send and receive money from other countries – they only charge around 0.35% of the total value, like Wise does
  • They use the official exchange rate (which is much better than the “tourist” rates banks use)
  • It’s super practical – you can do everything online
  • You can send funds to more than 18 countries, including those that use the Euro
  • As with Wise, you can use CurrencyFair for your Business to pay suppliers or employees
  • It’s cheaper and faster than doing international transfers with a bank
  • There isn’t a minimum transaction amount
  • Now they are also working with Indian Rupee (INR)

 

Cons of transferring money with CurrencyFair:

  • It only works with about half the number of currencies Wise does

 

Personal experience with CurrencyFair:

I’ve also used CurrencyFair to send money from the United States to Sweden, and it worked just as well as Wise did.

Here’s a quick video on how to sign up for free:

 

 

And how to do a transfer with CurrencyFair:

 

 

 

 

 6. InstaremSeguro Instarem

Instarem is a fintech firm that specializes in global currency exchange and money transfer services. Established in 2014 in Singapore, the company operates in over 25 countries and utilizes state-of-the-art technology to offer cost-effective, convenient, and efficient financial services to its clients.

Instarem offers competitive rates that are transparently displayed for customers. Moreover, they have a loyalty program that enables you to accumulate points by making speedy and hassle-free money transfers from any location.

With regards to travel insurance, Instarem provides comprehensive coverage for medical emergencies, trip cancellations, lost baggage, and other mishaps. Their insurance products are customized to suit the unique requirements of each customer and can be effortlessly purchased through the mobile app or the company’s website. Furthermore, Instarem collaborates with leading insurance providers to ensure that their customers receive the most optimal coverage.

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Pros of using Instarem for international money transfers:

  • The company is present in more than 25 countries, which allows it to serve a wide variety of customers around the world. In addition, the company’s geographic expansion has been constant and promising.
  • Great Value: Low fees. Great exchange rates. nothing hidden
  • Secure and reliable: Industry-leading technology moving $4 billion annually
  • Rewards: Send money and earn points to enjoy even greater value
  • Save time: skip the lines and send money quickly
  • Anytime, Anywhere: Send money anywhere with our app

 

Cons of transferring money with Instarem:

  • Transfer Fees and Limitations: Like any financial services company, Instarem charges money transfer fees and sets limits on transactions. This can make the company’s services less accessible to customers with lower purchasing power or who need to send large amounts of money.

 

Personal experience with Instarem:

Although I have never used Instarem, user feedback is generally very positive. This can be an excellent choice if you need to send someone money!

 

 

   7. RiaSeguro Ria

Ria is a well-known financial services company that offers international money transfer solutions to individuals across the globe. It was established in 1987 and is based in the United States, with a significant global footprint.

Ria’s suite of services encompasses wire transfers, bank deposits, and bill payments. With over 436,000 agent locations in more than 160 countries worldwide, the company has an extensive global reach.

Their goal is to provide secure, convenient, and affordable money transfer options to individuals and families who wish to send money to their loved ones globally.

 

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Pros of using Ria for international money transfers:

  • Ria has a global presence with over 436,000 agent locations worldwide, which makes sending and receiving money more convenient for its customers;
  • Ria offers a wide range of payment options, including wire transfers, bank deposits and bill payments.

 

Cons of using Ria for international transfers:

  • Ria imposes daily and monthly limits on the amount a customer can transfer, which can be an inconvenience for those who need to send large amounts of money;
  • Ria may charge additional fees, depending on the destination country and the payment method selected by the customer;
  • Ria may require customers to go through an identity verification process, which can be time consuming and inconvenient.

 

Personal experience with Ria:

Although I don’t have personal experience with Ria, user feedback is often highly positive. This can be an excellent option if you need to send someone money.

 

 

Bonus: Online International Money Transfer Companies

 

   Bonus 1. TransferGoBest ways to transfer money from Europe to Brazil

TransferGo is a well-known financial institution based in Europe that specializes in providing international money transfer services to European residents and travelers looking to transfer money overseas.

Their services are available in over 60 countries around the world, except for Brazil, where services are limited to customers with European bank accounts. Nonetheless, TransferGo offers a variety of transfer options with competitive fees to its clients.

Customers can initiate transfers directly from their bank account, debit card, or credit card. They offer both fast transfers, which can be completed within 30 minutes, and low-cost economic transfers that may take up to three days to complete.

The transfer process is user-friendly and straightforward, making TransferGo a convenient choice for international money transfers.

When making transfers with TransferGo, you can use this code or coupon: HMSESq

 

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Pros of using TransferGo for international money transfers:

  • There are no daily limits for transfers on TransferGo
  • They work with fast transfer options (for a fee of £2.99)
  • They allow transfers directly from your bank account, debit card or credit card to foreign accounts
  • They have a simple and practical interface to receive money from abroad

 

Cons of using TransferGo for international transfers:

  • Each transfer may not exceed the $30,000.00 limit
  • It is not possible to transfer money from the USA, Canada, among other countries to Brazil

 

Personal experience with TransferGo:

If you are looking for a company to transfer money from Europe to the rest of the world, this is a great option. In my experience, the whole process is done very simply and cheaply.

 

 

   Bonus 2. OFX OFX Logo

OFX is a prominent financial institution that specializes in global money transfer services for individuals and businesses. Established in 1988 in Australia, the company has since expanded its operations to Canada, the United States, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. OFX offers highly competitive exchange rates and low transfer fees, as well as customized services tailored to meet each customer’s unique requirements.

The company’s main objective is to provide secure, fast, and cost-effective money transfer services with round-the-clock customer support. OFX offers various transfer options, including wire transfers, bill payments, and recurring transfers.

OFX is an ideal option for individuals and businesses that need to transfer large amounts of money overseas, such as expats, international students, and companies involved in global commerce. With an excellent track record of customer service and satisfaction, OFX is a reliable and well-known name in the international money transfer industry.

 

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Pros of using OFX for international money transfers:

  • Low transfer fees: OFX charges a low transfer fee or even no fees for transfers above a certain amount, depending on the country of origin and destination.
  • Customized Services: OFX offers customized services to meet each customer’s individual needs, including scheduled transfers, wire transfer options and bill payments.
  • Customer support available 24/7: OFX offers 24/7 customer support to ensure you get help whenever you need it.
  • Extensive transfer options: OFX offers a wide range of transfer options, including wire transfers, bill payments and scheduled transfers, allowing you to choose the option that best suits your needs.

Cons of transferring money using OFX:

  • OFX doesn’t support all currencies, so there may be some limitations on which countries or regions you can send money to.
  • Also, while OFX offers competitive exchange rates, it is possible that other companies or services may offer even better rates at certain times.
  • Finally, transfer processing time can take a few business days, which can be inconvenient if you need to send money urgently.

Personal experience with OFX:

Although I haven’t had the opportunity to personally use OFX’s services, user reports are often highly positive. Based on this positive review, OFX can be considered an excellent option for those who need to send someone money.

 

 

   Bonus 3. PayPal

Paypal is a widely-used digital payment platform for transactions with multiple parties. If you have ever made a purchase on eBay, you may have used Paypal as your payment method.

Paypal offers international money transfer services, but a limitation is that a US bank account is required to withdraw funds.

One alternative is to use the funds in your Paypal account to buy products from online merchants who accept Paypal payments, like eBay. You can also transfer your Paypal balance to another individual.

 

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Pros of using Paypal for international transfers:

  • It’s a very easy and practical way to send/receive money between almost any two people in the world
  • It’s very popular
  • You can use it to send/receive payments from overseas from any person that also has Paypal (since you only need an email to open an account)
  • It’s super practical – you can do everything online.
  • Works for people from all over the world (although you can only withdraw the money if you have a U.S. bank account)
  • There’s no minimum transaction

 

Cons of using Paypal for international transfers:

  • You can’t take money out of your Paypal wallet (if someone sends it to you) unless you have a bank account in the United States (otherwise, you’ll have to leave it in your Paypal account and can only use the money to buy things on websites that accept Paypal, like eBay)
  • They charge a 3% fee on some transfers
  • They don’t use the official exchange rate (they use the retail/tourist rate instead), so you’ll lose some money when you exchange from one currency to the other

 

Personal experience with Paypal:

I use Paypal directly to buy things on eBay and to receive payments from a few companies that only pay with Paypal. But I don’t use it for international transfers because I think the exchange rate is bad and the options above are better, so it’s up to you.

 

 

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How to do international transfers using digital currency

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are a recent addition to the global financial market, but they are quickly gaining popularity.

One of the major benefits of using digital currencies is their ability to enable cost-effective international money transfers, unlike traditional methods. Additionally, transactions can be completed within minutes, regardless of the recipient’s location.

 

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I recommend Coinbase as a reliable platform for international money transfers using cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. It is considered the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange and has gained the trust of many users.

To get started, sign up for a free Coinbase account and provide your personal information. Next, transfer funds from your bank account to your digital wallet and purchase the cryptocurrency of your choice. Coinbase offers popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin.

Once you have obtained the cryptocurrency, you can send it to anyone around the world who has a digital wallet. Simply enter their wallet address and send the coins through your digital wallet.

When the recipient receives the cryptocurrency, they can convert it into their local currency (such as Brazilian reais, Euros, or Dollars) and transfer it to their bank account using the Coinbase platform.

The platform is user-friendly and the process is straightforward. Moreover, if you’re interested in investing in cryptocurrencies, Coinbase is an excellent option due to its size and reputation.

 

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How to invest in Bitcoins or other digital currencies

Opting to retain digital currencies after purchasing them gives you the opportunity to wait for their value to rise, and potentially sell them in the future. Nonetheless, it is vital to bear in mind that there is no assurance that the currency will appreciate in value, and it is possible that it could even decline in value.

So be careful with investing in digital currencies! Don’t use money that you’ll need in short or midterm!

 

Pros of using cryptocurrency for international transfers through Coinbase:

  • It’s a cheap way to send money between almost any two countries in the world
  • It’s getting more and more popular
  • You can use your bank account, debit card, or credit card to do the deposit into your digital wallet in Coinbase
  • You can use it to receive payments from overseas from any person that has their own digital wallet (your digital wallet can be through Coinbase or any other platform that works with cryptocurrency)
  • It’s very easy – you can do everything online
  • There’s no minimum transaction

 

Cons of using cryptocurrency for international transfers through Coinbase:

  • The value of the digital currencies still varies a lot (AKA: it’s highly volatile), so it’s possible that the amount you send may already be worth more or less by the time it arrives at the destination
  • You have a pay a fee of a small percentage of the total value you deposit in Coinbase. If you use a credit card, this fee can be up to 3%
  • It can take a few days for the purchase of Bitcoin to be finalized. With Ethereum and Litecoin, the buy and sell confirmation is faster
  • It’s a new market and many people still don’t know how it works

 

Personal experience with Coinbase:

On a previous occasion, I opted to use digital currencies to pay for an online purchase, as it was more cost-effective compared to using credit cards. I chose to utilize Coinbase to purchase a small amount of Bitcoins and transferred them to the online store. The process was straightforward and the transaction went smoothly.

 

Summing up…

The 7 cheapest ways to receive, send, and transfer money abroad:

  1. Wise
  2. Xe
  3. World Remit
  4. Remitly
  5. Currency Fair
  6. Instarem
  7. Ria
  8. TransferGo
  9. OFX
  10. Paypal
  11. Coinbase

 

In Brief….  

As with any significant financial decision, it’s crucial to conduct thorough research and compare options when sending or receiving money globally. Examining exchange rates, transfer fees, and other factors can significantly impact the amount of money you end up sending or receiving.

To simplify the process, you can select a fixed amount, such as $500 USD, and test each of the alternatives outlined above to see which one provides the most value in terms of the amount received. While this may require additional time, it can ultimately save you money and secure the best deal available.

 

Protect yourself against fraud and common scams with international money transfers!!

Use only the companies listed above to transfer money to trusted individuals or reputable companies with positive feedback. Do not transfer money to anyone you don’t know personally. Additionally, be cautious if a family member or friend sends you an urgent message requesting money but you are unable to contact them through phone, Skype, WhatsApp, or other reliable means.

 

By paying attention to strange signs like the ones below, you can tell if you’re being the victim of a scam or not….and then avoid it if you are. Think very carefully before making a transfer. If you’re not sure, don’t take the risk!

Don’t send/transfer money to people or companies:

  • If you or your family/close friends don’t know them personally
  • For a deposit to buy a property or a rent payment. Take note of this one because it is one of the most common scams for people that live abroad!  ONLY send them if you are personally in the city where you are renting and you have personally visited the property & met with the agent/landlord of the place that’s to be rented or purchased. Seriously, this scam is a lot more common than you think….and a lot of people who move abroad get screwed by it!
  • To buy something online. You shouldn’t have to use an international transfer for this, better to use a credit card or Paypal (which have payment protections)
  • From a place claiming to protect you from a virus that doesn’t accept credit cards (since all trusted antivirus companies should)
  • For an emergency situation that hasn’t been confirmed by a friend or family member
  • To “redeem” lottery winnings or prizes….another super common scam!
  • To make charitable donations. Ask for another way to contribute…be wary of any charity asking for international money transfers
  • To start working as a mystery shopper. You should never have to pay for this, it’s free!
  •   To get a job….this is always a scam! Don’t pay a company to start working with them!
  • For a credit card fee or loan. These fees are ALWAYS paid via your credit card and not through international money transfers

Use only the companies listed above to transfer money to trusted individuals or reputable companies with positive feedback. Do not transfer money to anyone you don’t know personally. Additionally, be cautious if a family member or friend sends you an urgent message requesting money but you are unable to contact them through phone, Skype, WhatsApp, or other reliable means.

 

Conclusion…

That completes my tutorial on executing international money transfers in a safe, cost-effective, and hassle-free manner.

If you have any queries or apprehensions, feel free to leave them in the comment box below, and I will do my best to address them as soon as possible.

Planning your next trip?

 

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Already reserved your hotel or hostel? If not, we recommend Booking.com. They have a huge selection of hotels and hostels all over the world. Plus, in most cases, you can cancel your reservation up to a few days before the check-in date without any costs! 

 

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Still haven’t booked your plane ticket and want to save big? Take a look at Momondo. It’s a flight aggregator that combines several other ticket search websites to make it easier for you to compare prices and make sure you are getting the best deal. 

 

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And finally, will you need to rent a car during your trip? Then check out Rentalcar.com to search and compare car rental companies from all over the world in a single website. Then, you can find the cheapest price for the best car!

 

 

 

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