Sending euros and US dollars to Ukraine just got faster and cheaper

Europe Team

Why do people send EUR and USD to Ukraine?

Ukraine has its own local currency: Ukrainian hryvnia. It’s the currency most people use in their day-to-day lives in Ukraine, but it has been volatile in the past. A fluctuating exchange rate can hurt people’s finances, so sending or holding euros or dollars can help Ukrainians manage their money.

Why is sending EUR and USD to Ukraine painful?

Sending euros or dollars to Ukraine with your bank is painful. Those transfers go through the so-called SWIFT network and can take days to arrive. And on top of the sender’s bank fee, there are likely to be unexpected charges, including:

  1. Intermediary fees: Often, the money doesn’t go straight from the sender to the recipient bank. There are intermediary banks in between, potentially taking a fee for their service of forwarding the money to its destination. From our customers, we’ve heard that these intermediary fees are usually around €12.
  2. Receiving fees: Once those euros or dollars hit the Ukrainian recipient bank, this bank is likely to charge extra for receiving an international transfer, too. PrivatBank, for example, charges 0.5 - 1% extra for receiving euros or dollars via SWIFT.

Say hello to faster EUR and USD payments to Ukraine

From today, Wise is enabling lightning fast transfers when you send EUR or USD to personal PrivatBank accounts. Once Wise has your money, paying out euros or dollars to PrivatBank recipients will only take a few minutes — and happen 24/7. For now, these payments will have a limit of the EUR/USD equivalent of 300.000 UAH per payment. That's roughly 10.000 EUR or 11.000 USD.

For you — our customers — this means that 87% of all EUR and USD transfers to personal PrivatBank accounts will happen on the same day (mostly within minutes).


A speedy solution, without any surprise fees

We’ve put an end to unexpected fees when you send EUR or USD to Ukraine — which means more savings for our customers. Let’s say you’re sending €1000 to PrivatBank in Ukraine. If you’re sending via a SWIFT transfer, your bank might charge you €15. A bank handling the transfer in the middle might take another €12 more. So, now there’s €973 left. And then PrivatBank might take another 1% (€9.73) for receiving the transfer. What comes out on the other side is €963.27. That’s effectively €36.73 lost in fees.

But, sending €1000 to a personal PrivatBank account with Wise comes with a low, transparent and upfront fee ranging from €0.63 to €4.12 — depending on the method you choose to pay in. So that’s around €30 extra for you — time and money saved.

To send EUR or USD to personal Privatbank accounts with Wise, select EUR or USD in the lower field — this is the currency you want to receive. You can send from whichever currency you wish, Polish złoty, British pounds, euros, etc. — just select it in the upper field. We’ve used EUR for both the sending and receiving currency in the above example.


Next, we’ll ask you to fill in recipient details. Enter the recipient’s Ukrainian EUR or USD IBAN. If the IBAN belongs to a personal Privatbank account in euros or dollars, there will be no unexpected charges and the recipient will receive the money quickly.


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