Send money to South Africa
Fast, low-cost, and secure online money transfers from the UK to South Africa.
Compare the best money transfer service to South Africa
|Sending 1,000.00 GBP with||Recipient gets(Total after fees)||Transfer fee||Exchange rate(1 GBP → ZAR)|
|Cheapest||22,382.31 ZARSave up to 1,196.75 ZAR||10.46 GBP||22.6189Mid-market rate|
|22,381.75 ZAR- 0.56 ZAR||9.50 GBP||22.5964|
|22,329.30 ZAR- 53.01 ZAR||0.00 GBP||22.3293|
|21,212.30 ZAR- 1,170.01 ZAR||0.00 GBP||21.2123|
|21,185.56 ZAR- 1,196.75 ZAR||0.00 GBP||21.1856|
How to send money to South Africa in 3 easy steps
Enter amount to send in GBP.
Pay in GBP with your debit card or credit card, or send the money from your online banking.
Choose recipient in South Africa.
Select who you want to send money to and which pay-out method to use.
Send GBP, receive ZAR.
The recipient gets money in ZAR directly from Wise’s local bank account.
Wise is easy.
How to send money to South Africa from the UK
- Just tap in how much, and where to.
- Then make a local payment to Wise, whether it's with a bank transfer, swift or your debit or credit card.
- And that's it.
Wise converts your money at the 'inter-bank' rate – the real rate – so you save big time (even versus the guys saying there's 'zero' commission). On Wise, there's no room for sneaky bank surcharges or creeping hidden charges.
How much does it cost to transfer money to South Africa?
Pay a small, flat fee and percentage
To send money in GBP to South Africa, you pay a small, flat fee of 4.13 GBP + 0.64% of the amount that's converted (you'll always see the total cost upfront).
Fee depends on your chosen transfer type
Some transfer types have different fees which are usually tiny.
No hidden fees
No big fees, hidden or otherwise. So it's cheaper than what you're used to.
How long will a money transfer to South Africa take?
A money transfer from the UK (GBP) to South Africa (ZAR) should arrive by Friday. Sometimes transfer times can differ based on payment methods or verification changes. We’ll always keep you updated, and you can track each step in your account.
On many popular routes, Wise can send your money within one day, as a same day transfer, or even an instant money transfer.
Your transfer route
Should arriveby Friday
What you’ll need for your online money transfer to South Africa
Register for free.
Sign up online or in our app for free. All you need is an email address, or a Google or Facebook account.
Choose an amount to send.
Tell us how much you want to send. We’ll show you our fees upfront, and tell you when your money should arrive.
Add recipient’s bank details.
Fill in the details of your recipient’s bank account.
Verify your identity.
For some currencies, or for large transfers, we need a photo of your ID. This helps us keep your money safe.
Pay for your transfer.
Send your money with a bank transfer, or a debit or credit card.
We’ll handle the rest. You can track your transfer in your account, and we'll tell your recipient it's coming.
Best ways to send money to South Africa
Bank TransferBank transfers are usually the cheapest option when it comes to funding your international money transfer with Wise. Bank transfers can be slower than debit or credit cards, but they usually give you the best value for your money. Read more how to use bank transfers as a payment option.
Debit CardPaying for your transfer with a debit card is easy and fast. It’s also usually cheaper than credit card, as credit cards are more expensive to process. Read more about how to pay for your money transfer with a debit card.
Credit CardPaying for your transfer with a credit card is easy and fast. Wise accepts Visa, Mastercard and some Maestro cards. Read more about how to pay for your money transfer with a credit card.
PISPPISP (Payment Initiation Service Provider) payments are instructions you give Wise to make a bank transfer directly from your bank account — without having to leave our app and log in to your online banking. This option is as cheap as a manual bank transfer, but it isn’t supported by all banks yet.
SwiftUsing SWIFT to fund your transfer usually means that your transfer will take longer and be more expensive, as your bank will charge a fee. You should also bear in mind that other correspondent banks in between may also deduct their handling fees. Your bank should be able to advise on those fees.
Apple PayIf you’ve enabled Apple Pay on your phone, you can use it to pay for a transfer with Wise. Paying with Apple Pay is a convenient and quick way to send money abroad. If you’re using a credit card, watch out for extra charges. Some banks consider these payments as cash withdrawal, and they may charge you extra fees.
Google PayIf you’ve enabled Google Pay on your phone, you can use it to pay for a transfer with Wise. Paying with Google Pay is a convenient and quick way to send money abroad. If you’re using a credit card, watch out for extra charges. Some banks consider these payments as cash withdrawal, and they may charge you extra fees.
Trust Wise with safe & secure money transfers to South Africa
Safeguarded with leading banks
We hold your money with established financial institutions, so it’s separate from our own accounts and in our normal course of business not accessible to our partners. Read more here.
Regulated by the FCA
We’re regulated by authorities around the world. This includes the FCA in the UK and FinCEN in the US.
We make sure your money’s secure, and that Wise is financially stable. As we’re not a bank, your money isn’t FSCS protected — instead we safeguard it.
We use 2-factor authentication to protect your account and transactions. That means you — and only you — can get to your money.
We’re committed to keeping your personal data safe, and we’re transparent in how we collect, process, and store it.
Dedicated anti-fraud team
We work round the clock to keep your account and money protected from even the most sophisticated fraud.
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