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COVID-19 Update 16/4/20 – How can you send money to the Pacific Islands?
Here at SendMoneyPacific, the Australian and New Zealand government backed cost comparison website, we are closely monitoring the ever-changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and the impact on how you can send money.
Which services are still available?
Money transfer services are considered by RBNZ to be an essential service and so many companies, may be open if they feel it is safe to do so, and in a way to respect social distancing measures.
Western Union NZ locations in pharmacies, and also some locations that are convenience stores, should be open.
Klickex are offering their online service and have some locations open.
Many companies such as Pacific Ezy, SAV Money Transfer, and The Ink Patch are currently offering remote services. Please call them to find out how to send money. Please email Samoa Money Transfer is you want to get more information on their service.
MoneyGram is offering an online service and Lotus agents are offering remote services via the 0800 number on their website. They have a limited number of agents open for cash transactions.
Ria have a website for customers to register on.
Manatu Ofa does not seem to be offering services.
Please call before you transfer money, as the sending options can change at short notice. Their contact details can be found by clicking the link here.
Currently most services are operating as normal, but as this can change at any time, please call your money transfer company before you transfer money. Contact details for money transfer services are available here.
Western Union have reduced their fees for sending online, although please check exchange rates to make sure you are getting the best deal, you can do that on the SendMoneyPacific website.
Whatever happens, you do have money transfer options available to you. There are many companies offering online services to the Pacific Islands 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. If you don’t already use online services, now could be a good time to give it a try.
The cost comparison tables on SendMoneyPacific also provide information on the companies offering online services. (See the “online” symbol listed under “method of transfer” column.)
Thankfully at the moment there are relatively few known cases of COVID-19 in the Pacific Islands covered by SendMoneyPacific, however, there are measures in place to protect the islands and keep them safe, which may mean there are some restrictions on collecting money locally.
It is important before you send to check that the receive agents are open for the company you are choosing to use – this may also change on a regular basis.