International Money Transfers

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International Money Transfers

Our International money transfer pages are designed to give you access to all the
information you need to save money and get highly competitive exchange rates when
transferring money to and from the UK.
 

Ordered on amount received - all quotes shown are for indicative purposes only

FC Exchange FC Exchange

International Money Transfers

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  • Secure the exchange rate for up to two years in advance
  • One-off or regular payments with a Best Exchange Rate Guarantee
  • Transact online or over the telephone with a dedicated dealer
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  • For Indian Rupee the minimum transfer amount is £20,000
  • Unable to facilitate transfers involving Chinese Yuan Renminbi
  • Minimum transfer amount £3,000 and payments by bank transfers only
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HiFX HiFX

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  • Move money and make payments 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority
  • Exclusive to MoneySuperMarket – transfer £5,000+ and you’ll be entered into a monthly prize draw to receive one of 10 £50 M&S vouchers
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  • Minimum transfer £50
  • No cash, bank transfers & debit/credit cards only
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Currencies Direct Currencies Direct

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  • Free transfers and bank-beating exchange rates
  • Transfer over the phone, 24/7 online or via their app
  • Get ‘best rate guarantee’ on all your transfers
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  • Minimum transfer is £100
  • Payment by debit card and bank transfer only
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Halo Financial Halo Financial

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  • Award-winning service from a dedicated, specially qualified currency consultant
  • Online transfers, automatic rate watch and regular transfers services available
  • Insights, updates and guides on how currency markets affect you
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  • Minimum Transfer is £250
  • Bank to Bank transfers only
FairFX FairFX

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  • Access a dedicated personal service through the telephone dealing team
  • Free Rate Watch Service
  • Send money online or through the FairFX mobile app
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  • Transfers via telephone dealing desk. Minimum transfer amount of £3,000
  • Payment by bank transfer only
Frontierpay Frontierpay

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  • Helpful, impartial guidance rather than pushy advice - consultants not incentivised by commission
  • No transfer fees or hidden charges - what Frontierpay quotes, it sends
  • Ease of use - move money online, by phone or via email
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  • Minimum transfer is £500
  • Payment by bank to bank transfer only
  • This service is not available to anyone domiciled in India
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World First World First

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  • 24/7 access to live transparent exchange rates and transfer on the move with World First's app
  • Better exchange rates than the banks and the fastest available currency transfers
  • Award winning customer service, and a dedicated contact
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  • Bank to Bank and card transfers only
  • Minimum transfer amount £1,000 or equivalent
Virgin Money Virgin Money

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  • 24/7 online access to great exchange rates
  • Award winning customer service
  • If you get a better quote from another bank, contact Virgin within 3 hours and Virgin Money will beat it. Terms and conditions apply
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  • Minimum transfer amount of £1,000
  • Telephone dealing team available 8.30am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday
  • This service is available to UK residents only
Moneycorp Moneycorp

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  • Discounted rates and no transfer fees for transfers of £5,000+ (exclusive to MoneySuperMarket)
  • Bank beating exchange rates with free expert telephone service and guidance on the currency markets
  • Making fast online money transfers 24/7
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  • Minimum online transfer is £50

   

International money transfers

If you want to send money overseas, a foreign exchange or currency broker can be a good option. They often charge no fees and usually offer a better exchange rate than a high street bank. So how do they work?

Let’s say you want to send 10,000 euros to France as a deposit on a French property purchase. You’ve contacted your bank but the service is expensive. You’ve also checked out a money transfer firm but, again, the charges are high. You therefore decide to use a foreign exchange broker.

Set up an account

First, you have to register to set up an account with the broker. A dealer will then usually contact you to discuss the transfer. If you are happy with the costs and exchange rate, you can book the transaction, give details of the recipient’s account and pay the agreed amount, typically by electronic transfer from your UK bank account.

Once it has received the funds, the broker will send the currency electronically to your beneficiary. The whole process shouldn’t take more than one or two days, though this depends on the currency – with popular currencies such as euros or US dollars, the time taken should be shorter than for less familiar ones.

Exchange rates

Foreign exchange brokers do not normally charge a fee for transfers of more than £3,000. They also generally offer better exchange rates than the high-street banks. For example, you might need £8,410 to send £10,000 euros through a broker, compared to £8,850 through a bank.

The bank would also charge a fee on top, which could be as high as £40. In other words, you could save about £480 by choosing a currency broker.

Types of transfer

You can also benefit from exchange rate movements by using a foreign exchange broker. There are normally three types of transfer, and you can select the one that best suits your needs and time scale. A transfer at the current exchange rate, sometimes called a spot deal, is the quickest and most straightforward as you simply send the funds immediately at the today’s rate of exchange.

Forward contract

If you do not need to send the funds straightaway, you could consider a ‘forward’ contract, which allows you to lock into today’s rate but effects the transfer the money at a given date in the future.

A forward contract can be appealing if you don’t want to have to worry about exchange rate movements, or if you expect the rate to get worse. Remember, however, that currencies can be volatile and the rate could move against you.

Put down a deposit

The exchange rate on a forward contract is calculated by adjusting the current rate for so-called “forward points”, so is not the same as the current exchange rate. Your broker should explain the terms and conditions of the contract, but it’s worth making sure you understand the cost before you go ahead.

You do not have to pay the full price of a forward contract up front, though you will normally have to put down a deposit, with the rest due on the transfer date.

Limit orders

A limit order is another way to play the currency markets. If you choose a limit order, you nominate your ideal exchange rate. When the rate is reached, the broker automatically buys the currency and transfers the funds. Limit orders are not normally appropriate for small amounts, and many brokers insist on a minimum of £30,000.

Regular payments

Foreign currency brokers can also usually arrange regular payments to a recipient overseas, perhaps if you pay a foreign mortgage or school fees. The minimum payment tends to be about £500.

Consumer protection

Security is paramount if you are sending money overseas, so you should always check that your broker is authorised or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. The firm must then operate within certain guidelines to safeguard consumers. Ideally, the firm should offer the protection of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, so you are guaranteed to get your money back if something should go wrong.

Compare brokers

The cost of international money transfers varies from broker to broker. MoneySuperMarket’s free independent comparison service allows you to quickly and easily compare the deals on offer from all the major currency brokers, so you can make the most of your money.

How our site works

We want to show you quotes for foreign money transfers from as many different companies as possible, so you can choose the right one for you. But some companies don’t want to be included on comparison websites, so we can’t promise to show you every single one. We’ve run a hypothetical quote and ranked the companies according to how much money you would receive, from the most to the least. You can find out more about how we work here.