To and From – UK, Europe, US, Canada, and Australia
International money transfers To or From Singapore can be a tricky prospect.
Let’s make it simple.
If you are in Singapore or overseas the key is to choose the right service to match your needs.
As an Important Start
For smaller amounts (below $9500 SGD) there are some clear leaders.
For larger amounts especially (above $9500 SGD), we found the country you are transacting with makes a big difference in who you should use.
Cost, speed and especially service all need to be taken into account.
Last but not least, we cover safety and security.
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Based on our research and use cases, we found that there are limited options for sending cash to and from Singapore.
But one service does shine!
WorldRemit is our top choice in this category offering cash pick up in many countries. They also have low fees and enable the sender and receiver to use their mobile phone to send money and be notified when it has arrived.
Right now they also have “3Free” campaign which gives you the first three transfers free. Check out the review or snapshot below.
Western Union (review) may not be the cheapest, but as the largest money transfer company in the world, they have over 500,000 agent locations around the world and still might be your only option.
TransferWise (review) offers low fees, a transparent fee structure, and service coverage to send money to and from Singapore. We also consider them our top pick because of their exceptional customer service and smooth online experience.
In addition to transfers, for expats there are some awesome extras when you opt into their Borderless Account (review) which can make them indispensable, including a multicurrency wallet, access to more currencies, the ability to pay and get paid like a local, a prepaid MasterCard debit card (great for traveling and online payments), and international bank details in major currencies (USD, CAD, GBP, EUR, AUD, and NZD).
See the snapshot below to see why you might choose one of these.
The reason some services shine above $9500 SGD ($7000 USD) is partly as a result of anti money laundering and counter-terrorism laws. These laws effectively mean that any financial institution transferring your money internationally needs to do additional checks (mostly ID). Services designed for larger amounts typically deal with these requirements when you sign up while services that deal with smaller amounts tend to make it easier to sign up initially but this can result in frozen accounts and other issues which are best avoided.
Telephone service (not just a great online platform) also becomes far more important because the banks at each end of the transaction need to deal with the same regulations and having a money transfer service that can assist with this (if required) can be very helpful.
- Ideally the service is regulated in your sending country. OFX and TorFX for example, are regulated in Singapore by the Money Authority of Singapore.
- They offer phone support. It’s always reassuring (and occasionally needed) to be able to speak to a human when a large amount of money is being sent between banks. OFX and TorFX are both standouts in their telephone support. OFX even has a physical office in Singapore.
- Their fee structure is suited to large transfers. For example, their percentage fee goes down as your amount increases. Both OFX and TorFX both have fee structures designed to reduce in percentage terms as amounts increase.
Let’s dive in.
(For a quick overview, check out the snapshot table below. )
For same day cash pickups for your recipient in Singapore, Western Union offers fast and efficient service, with fees ranging between £14 – £18 GBP for sending £200 GBP.
If you don’t need cash payouts, CurrencyFair and TransferWise offer affordable fees for same day bank-to-bank and card-to-bank transfers (between £2 – £4 GBP for sending £200 GBP)
For comparison, we found PayPal to be expensive for GBP-SGD transfers. Typically, you’ll pay about £14 GBP for a transfer of about £200 GBP.
XE and OFX offer similar exchange rates for those large transfers. But you may save a bit more if you opt for TorFX.
To send cash from Singapore, try WorldRemit although the countries are limited compared to the (usually more expensive) Western Union.
CurrencyFair usually has the lowest fees for transfers to the UK and the money arrives in just a couple of days.
However for overall excellence our top pick is TransferWise for amounts below $9500 SGD.
For larger transfers from Singapore to the UK, OFX is your best bet in our books with TorFX awesome for those who prefer to transact on the phone.
TransferWise offers the best rates for amounts below $7000 USD/€ 6000 EUR – you’ll pay as low as €5 EUR for a 1000 EUR transfer, including currency conversion fees (5-8x cheaper than banks)
XE and OFX offer relatively similar fees (which are very competitive) for EUR-SGD transfers above $9500 SGD / € 6000 EUR. If you are fluent in English, OFX is our top pick here. But if you are fluent in French or Spanish XE is likely the best option.
For transfers below $9500 SGD, TransferWise proves to be an excellent option for Singapore to Europe money transfers especially since they have a great footprint in Europe.
For those larger transfers from Singapore, OFX’s fee structure and service works out really well (and they’re regulated in Singapore as well).
If you’re looking to save big on smaller (below $9500 SGD) USD-SGD transfers, InstaRem and WorldRemit are great options. Your money will arrive in 2 days and you’ll pay as little as 50c in transfer fees with InstaRem for a micro transfer of $300 USD. When funded with a debit or credit card and sent via WorldRemit, fees are $4 USD.
But you get the best deal (low fees and fast transfers) with TransferWise – same day transfers cost $5 USD when funded with a debit card. For next day transfers, expect to pay about $8 USD for sending $300 USD.
Now, for those larger transfers, OFX is hard to beat due to its dedication to the US which means they have phone support from North America if you need it.
For SGD-USD transfers, TransferWise wins the day again for smaller transfers, while OFX is your best bet for amounts over $7000 USD/9500 SGD as they are regulated and have physical offices in both countries all helping to ensure excellent fees and a smooth transfers.
Be sure to use the link in the snapshot table below to avoid the $15 fee (if applicable).
For smaller transfers ($300 – $1000 CAD), TransferWise is the cheapest and fastest option with fees ranging between $1 CAD (for 2-day transfers; funded with a bank transfer) and 7 CAD for same day transfers (funded with a credit card).
WorldRemit is a close second, while OFX wins hands down for those large transfers ($7000 USD/$9500 CAD) with an offices in Toronto and Singapore.
InstaRem offers the best rates and lowest fees for your bank-to-bank transfers to Canada. For transfers $400-$1000 SGD, expect to pay as little as $2 SGD and your money arrives in 2 days.
For faster (next day) transfers, TransferWise’s fees can range between $3 SGD and $12 SGD, depending on your funding method.
OFX once again is your best bet for amounts over $7000 USD/9500 SGD as they are regulated and have physical offices in both countries all helping to ensure excellent fees and a smooth transfers. Just be sure to use the link in the snapshot table below to avoid the $15 fee (if applicable).
The fastest way to get your money to a Singapore bank is likely with TransferWise – same day transfers funded with a credit or debit card.
For those larger transfers, OFX and TorFX offer excellent rates as well as winning customer support.
TransferWise wins the day again for smaller outbound transfers from Singapore to Australia with transparent and affordable fees as well as fast transfers (next day transfers).
If you’re looking for extreme savings on fees and can wait 2-4 days, CurrencyFair is likely your best option.
OFX is an easy choice as they are headquartered in Sydney with an office in Singapore. As usual they offer the excellent rates for larger SGD-AUD transfers ($7000 USD/$9000 AUD and above) especially when you use the link in the table below to avoid the fixed $15 fee.
Regulated (see Safety below)
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|3 free transactions, use code ‘3FREE”|
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|OFX may charge a fixed fee of $15, however if you click here you can avoid these fees all together.|
Cost is one of the leading factors that can sway your decision to choose one money transfer service over another. And, it’s one of the biggest reasons we recommend you look beyond your trusted high street bank for those international transfers.
Typically, a money transfer service makes money by charging transfer fees as well as a margin on the exchange rate. Their fees depend on a number of factors including the amount, target currency, funding method, as well as the payout method.
Generally services are aimed at smaller or larger amounts and their fee structures reflect this. For services aimed at smaller amounts, there are usually more options to fund the transfers and receive the money along with services that are focused on efficiency and doing things online.
For services aimed at larger amounts, the fees tend to reduce in percentage terms as amounts increase and they also have excellent phone support if it is required.
The quality of service is another factor that can make or break your currency transfer experience.
For smaller transfers, a stellar currency transfer service offers an easy-to-use online interface, great support while setting up your transfer, and proactive troubleshooting in case of unexpected hold ups.
Some services recommended above (for example, TransferWise, InstaRem and WorldRemit) are aimed at people who are comfortable doing everything online but they also have great customer service, where other services can tend to struggle.
For larger amounts, speaking to a human may be really helpful although doing most things online is usually par for the course.
Sometimes you may need your remittance to arrive instantly, while in other cases you may have the wiggle room to wait a couple of days.
Transfer speed is another important filter for choosing the right transfer service for your needs.
Moreover, the transfer speed also determines your transfer fees. So the right service should give you the best of both worlds – fast transfers with affordable fees.
“Is my money safe with a currency transfer company?” – we get this question a lot.
Assuming you use a well known one, our answer is: probably better than a bank.
Money transfer companies are licensed financial service providers and are required to meet many regulations similar to your high street bank with a few extra requirements that enables them to move money internationally.
Moreover, they use industry-leading encryption to keep your money and data safe online as well as conduct regular checks to rule out illegal activities like fraud and money laundering.
But to be most confident, make sure a currency transfer service is registered with a major regulator and ideally has a physical presence in your sending country so you’re never left hanging if your transfer hits a snag.