How to Send and Receive Money in Nigeria
A lot of people have been wondering how to receive funds from their business partners, colleagues, friend, and family member from outside the shores of Nigeria. If you have a friend or family members, or business partners from outside Nigeria from whom you intend to receive monies. Or you are an exporter, looking for ways to get your payments from the United States, Canada, Jamaica, UK, Germany, Australia, China, UAE, Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Pakistan, India, Cameroun, Kenya, South Africa, etc to Nigeria, read on for we are to give you a step-step guide on how to get your funds across to Nigeria.
From the recently released Central Bank of Nigeria guideline on international money transfer, it is a lot easier now to receive money from outside Nigeria into your bank account or mobile money wallet in Nigeria, than it is to send money out of Nigeria. From the guideline just released by the CBN, there is no limit to the amount of cash one can receive from out Nigeria, but you cannot send more than $2000 or its equivalent per transaction.
We will be discussing; how to receive funds from outside Nigeria into your bank account or mobile money wallet in Nigeria. Continue reading as we discuss several ways to send money to Nigeria and how to receive the sent funds.
Ways of receiving money in Nigeria from abroad
There are several ways of sending and receiving money from outside Nigeria, we will be looking at the following which are the most convenient ones for now.
- Domiciliary account – International Bank wire transfer
- Western Union via Quickteller to your bank account
- Western Union money transfer
- Online money transfer
Domiciliary Account – International Bank Wire Transfer
International Bank wire transfer direct into a Domiciliary account is one of the best ways to receive foreign currency in Nigeria for those who have a domiciliary account in Nigeria. Most of the banks in Nigeria have domiciliary account types for the United dollar (USD), Euro (EUR), and Great Britain Pound (GBP). Zenith Bank, UBA, First Bank, FCMB, and GTBank all have various forms of domiciliary accounts.
To receive money into your domiciliary account in Nigeria through international wire transfer, you have to have a domiciliary account in any of the local banks in Nigeria.
The person sending funds to your domiciliary account in Nigeria will require the following details from your domiciliary account to be able to send funds directly into your domiciliary account. Primary details required are:
- Your account name
- Account number
- Name of your bank
- The Address of your bank
- SWIFT CODE of your bank
- The Routing Number of your bank.
An alert of a successful transfer enters within 72 hours.
Withdrawing money from a domiciliary account
You can withdraw cash in the same currency it was sent from your domiciliary account. The process is the same as the withdrawal from your regular naira account. If you wish not to collect your cash in the currency it was sent, you can request its equivalent from your local bank.
- Go to the nearest branch of your bank once you receive an alert about the international wire transfer.
- Meet the person in charge of foreign currency transactions.
- Get the withdrawal slip, complete the withdrawal slip and hand it over for processing.
To receive western union money transfer via Quickteller to your bank account
QUICKTELLER Platform is a financial service application that allows you to purchase airtime, pay bills, send and receive money via the web (www.quickteller.com).
Follow the following steps to receive funds from Western Union using Quickteller
- Visit www.quickteller.com and signup for a Quickteller account
- Click on the Send and Receive Money tile
- Then click on the Western Union tile
- Select your bank, either Zenith, GTBank, or FCMB
- Also, select “Naira” under “Choose currency”
- Click “Receive money now” and the Western Union – Receive Money data page opens
- Now carefully enter the following details:
- Enter as provided by the sender the MTCN (Money Transfer Control Number)
- Also, enter the name of the sender’s Country
- Enter the receiving account number (i.e. your bank account number where you wish to receive the funds)
- Also, enter the receiving account type i.e. either current or savings
- Enter the expected amount in Naira as provided by the sender
- Under Receiving Currency leave the name of the bank and Naira as default.
- First Name – which is your account’s first name as it appears at your bank. (Receiving Account)
- Surname – which is your account surname as it appears at your bank. (Receiving Account)
- Your mobile number
- as provided by the sender, answer to test question
- Then click “Continue”
- Confirm the details provided”
Note: Money from Western Union can only be received from the location indicated by the sender and in the local currency. In this case, the Naira.
Receive money in Nigeria through Western union
I will use Access bank Western Union transfer as a typical example to explain to you how to receive money in Nigeria via western union.
Receive Western union Nigeria through Access Bank
Access bank has proven to be reliable when it comes to receiving money from outside Nigeria. With a robust infrastructure, technology, and several years of partnering with Western Union, they have the needed competitive edge.
To receive money from Western Union through Access bank, Access bank will request the following from you before they can process your payment;
- A valid means of identification, preferably, Passport, Driver’s License, Permanent Voters Card, or National Identity Card (NIMC).
- Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN)
- Expected Amount in Naira
- The receiver’s name, address, and phone numbers
- Sender’s name and country (for transfers coming from the US and Mexico, city to be included)
- Test Question and Answer where applicable.
The maximum send amount as stipulated by the Central Bank of Nigeria is 5000 USD or its equivalent per sender.
The steps are the same as other banks such as First Bank of Nigeria.
How to receive money in Nigeria through MoneyGram
MoneyGram International, Inc., an American money transfer company with headquarters in Dallas, Texas United States. It has local offices around the world.
First Bank of Nigeria is one of Nigeria’s banks that offers the best MoneyGram service. We will use First Bank MoneyGram service to explain to you how to receive money in Nigeria through MoneyGram
How to receive money in Nigeria through First MoneyGram
To receive money in Nigeria through UBA MoneyGram;
Beneficiaries of MoneyGram can receive transferred money at any of First Bank outlets by providing the following:
Transfer Reference Number
Acceptable means of identification (Bank Verification Number)
Sender’s name and country (for transfers coming from the US, city to be included)
Test Question and Answer (optional)
Fully completed form
Then request that the money be sent to your bank account.
How to send money to Nigeria online
There several companies, most of them in the US that offer online money transfer services to countries all over the world, including Nigeria. A lot of businesses especially in the United States don’t send funds outside the United States. They prefer dealing with people who have an account in the United States. Most of these companies that offer online money transfers took advantage of these.
All you need to do is open a free account with them with the detail we will give you shortly and they open a virtual account for you from where you will be able to initiate international transactions from the comfort of your room.
The upside of these online money transfer services is that they are quite simple and they pay directly into your domiciliary bank account.
Online money transfer will enable you to take advantage of competitive exchange rates.
However, ensure you signup with an online money transfer service that offers fast transfer speeds.
A lot of companies that offer online money transfer to countries all over the world including Nigeria. Some of them are; Payoneer Smallwordfs, Worldremit, Transfast, Remittanceprices, skrill, etc.
To start sending money to Nigeria online
- visit any money transfer company above (Payoneer our preferred online money transfer services provider ) and Create a free account
- follow the steps for registration carefully. Provide your contact details, name, proof of identity, and bank account information (if you are not sending cash).
- Provide contact information for your transfer recipient
- Select a payment option and enter the full details of your transfer
- Keep track of the reference number or receipt you receive to monitor the progress of your transfer
- Select a cash pickup location. Companies like Western Union and MoneyGram offer the option of cash pickups from thousands of agent locations across Nigeria. From Payoneer, you can transfer directly into your local bank account or your domiciliary account.
This is a financial services company that provides online money transfer, digital payment services, and provides customers with working capital.
Payoneer enables millions of businesses and professionals from more than 200 countries and territories to connect and grow globally through our cross-border payments platform. With Payoneer’s fast, flexible, secure, and low-cost solutions, marketplaces, networks, businesses, and professionals throughout the world can pay and get paid globally, as easily as they do locally.
Payoneer’s cross-border payments platform empowers businesses, online sellers, and freelancers to pay and get paid globally as easily as they do locally.
Also, Payoneer offers to receive accounts via the Global Payment Service, which enables you to receive local bank transfers from companies and marketplaces in the US, UK, EU, Japan, Canada, Australia, and Mexico directly to your Payoneer account.
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How to Send and Receive Money in Nigeria – Wise
Wise – is a London-based online money transfer service founded in January 2011. Wise supports more than 750 currency routes across the world including GBP, USD, EUR, AUD, and CAD, and provides multi-currency accounts.
With Wise, you pay a low, upfront fee between 0.5% and 2%, depending on the route. Wise transfers money directly to your local bank account. This makes them much cheaper compared to other providers and banks.
Wise has closed the TO NIGERIA route with immediate effect. The closure took place on December 17, 2020, due to the recent regulation updates from the government which is impacting all money transfers to Nigeria.
The Wise team has been working hard to try and keep this route open, but unfortunately, they’ve had to close it for now. They’re working on finding solutions and we’ll keep you updated, however, there is no timeline on when the route will reopen at the moment.
The under-listed are some of the online money transfer cash pickup locations across Nigeria;
Worldremit transfer to Nigeria