CommBank international money transfers

Take advantage of safe transfers when you send or receive money overseas with Commonwealth Bank (CBA).

The Commonwealth Bank is one of Australia’s leading providers of financial and banking services. With almost $800 million in assets and some 1,100 branches around the country, the Commonwealth Bank is one of Australia’s leading "big four" banks.

As part of its wide range of products and services, CBA allows its customers to make international money transfers. Using the bank’s services, you can transfer funds to more than 200 countries and in over 30 currencies. Some payments take just 24 hours to be processed, while another advantage of using a big bank is that you can enjoy the security of knowing that your transfer will be conducted through the international banking system.

Send and receive money transfers with your CBA transaction account

Rates last updated August 16th, 2018
$
Name Product Debit Card Access ATM Withdrawal Fee Fee Free Deposit p.m. Monthly Account Fee Product Description
Commonwealth Bank Business Transaction Account
Visa
$0
$0
Open business transaction account in less than 10 minutes.
Commonwealth Bank Smart Access
Mastercard
$0
$2,000
Get unlimited CBA electronic transactions using internet banking, phone banking, ATM and EFTPOS.
Commonwealth Bank Pensioner Security Account
Mastercard
$0.30
$50,000
A flexible transaction account that keeps your retirement savings at work.
Commonwealth Bank Streamline Basic
Mastercard
$0
$0
Eligible if you hold a Commonwealth Seniors card, Pensioner Concession Card or Health Care card.

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CBA exchange rates

As one of Australia’s "big four" banks, Commonwealth Bank’s exchange rates are usually very similar to those offered by the other big banks. In fact, do a comparison across the board between the Commonwealth, ANZ, NAB and Westpac and you’ll find little difference. CBA allows you to transfer money in more than 30 currencies, from common currencies like the Euro through to more exotic offerings like the Czech Koruna.

Bank rates are updated multiple times a day to reflect prevailing market conditions. Check out the screenshot below to get an idea of the rates offered by CBA.

Currency Currency Code (Bank Buys) IMT (Bank Buys) Travel Card (Bank Buys) Travel Chq (Bank Buys) Foreign Cheques (Bank Sells) IMT (Bank Sells) Travel Card (Bank Sells) Travel Chq (Bank Sells) Drafts
US Dollar USD 0.8071 0.8078 0.8078 0.8185 0.7298 0.7356 0.7356 0.7298
Great British Pound GBP 0.5780 0.5815 0.5815 0.5817 0.5202 0.5214 0.5214 0.5202
Argentine Peso ARS 0 0 0 0 0 14.7933 14.7933 0
Brazilian Real BRL 0 0 0 0 0 2.2973 2.2973 0
Canadian Dollar CAD 1.0519 1.0859 1.0859 1.0544 0.9566 0.9529 0.9529 0.9566
Chilean Peso CLP 0 0 0 0 0 418.9400 418.9400 0
Chinese Renminbi CNY 0 5.2926 5.2926 0 4.6623 4.5874 4.5874 4.6623
Croatian Kuna HRK 0 0 0 0 0 4.1111 4.1111 0
Czech Koruna CZK 0 0 0 0 14.9790 0 0 14.9790
Danish Kroner DKK 4.8827 0 0 5.0449 4.4027 4.3450 4.3450 4.4027
Egyptian Pound EGP 0 7.7333 7.7333 0 0 5.9221 5.9221 0
Euro EUR 0.6609 0.5932 0.5932 0.6642 0.5932 0.5947 0.5947 0.5932
Fijian Dollar FJD 1.6102 0 0 0 1.4937 1.4106 1.4106 1.4937
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 6.2789 6.4963 6.4963 6.3954 5.7139 5.7196 5.7196 5.7139
Hungarian Forint HUF 0 0 0 0 189.1530 173.0530 173.0530 189.1530
Indian Rupee INR 51.6550 0 0 0 47.6830 0 047.6830 0
Indonesian Rupiah IDR 0 0 0 0 10098.1600 9615.6400 9615.6400 10098.1600
Israeli New Shekel ILS 2.7927 0 0 0 2.5179 2.3076 2.3076 2.5179
Japanese Yen JPY 85.6700 89.5100 89.5100 87.7500 76.6300 77.0200 77.0200 76.6300
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 0.2423 0 0 0 0.2187 0.1857 0.1857 0.2187
Lebanese Pound LBP 0 0 0 0 1097.7600 0 0 1097.7600
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 0 0 0 0 0 2.7192 2.7192 0
Mauritian Rupee MUR 0 0 0 0 23.9600 21.9500 21.9500 23.9600
Mexican Peso MXN 0 0 0 0 0 13.2678 13.2678 0
Nepalese Rupee NPR 0 99.7413 99.7413 0 0 66.8430 66.8430 0
New C/Tahiti Franc XPF 77.3600 0 0 0 70.7200 64.4600 64.4600 70.7200
New Zealand Dollar NZD 1.1033 1.1525 1.1525 1.1110 1.0171 1.0131 1.0131 1.0171
Norwegian Kroner NOK 6.2240 0 0 6.5081 5.6533 5.4743 5.4743 5.6533
Oman Rial OMR 0.3114 0 0 0 0.2798 0.2617 0.2617 0.2798
P.N.G. Kina PGK 0 0 0 0 2.2980 0 0 2.2980
Philippine Peso PHP 41.9210 0 0 0 38.1700 35.6400 35.6400 38.1700
Polish Zloty PLN 2.7771 0 0 0 2.4806 2.3456 2.3456 2.48060
Qatari Rial QAR 0 0 0 0 0 2.4663 2.4663 0
Saudi Riyal SAR 3.0201 0 0 0 2.7247 2.5297 2.5297 2.7247
Singapore Dollar SGD 1.0664 1.1081 1.1081 1.0812 0.9591 0.9608 0.9608 0.9591
Solomon Island Dollar SBD 6.3553 0 0 0 5.4511 5.2302 5.2302 5.4511
South African Rand ZAR 9.6833 0 0 9.6808 8.7412 8.6812 8.6812 8.7412
South Korean Won KRW 0 0 0 0 784.1636 725.5636 725.5636 784.1636
Sri Lankan Rupee LKR 123.7300 0 0 0 114.7000 110.4400 110.4400 114.7000
Swedish Kronor SEK 6.5359 0 0 6.7334 6.0010 5.7197 5.7197 6.0010
Swiss Franc CHF 0.7668 0 0 0.8254 0.6929 0.6812 0.6812 0.6929
Taiwan Dollar TWD 0 0 0 0 0 19.7346 19.7346 0
Thai Baht THB 24.9700 26.3700 26.3700 25.6300 22.5800 22.3600 22.3600 22.5800
Tonga Pa'anga TOP 0 0 0 0 0 1.4432 1.4432 0
Turkish Lira TRY 3.0819 0 0 0 2.9233 2.8506 2.8506 2.9233
U.A.E. Dirham AED 2.9429 3.0693 3.0693 3.0080 2.6920 2.6368 2.6368 2.6920
Vanuatu Vatu VUV 85.4600 0 0 0 76.9600 74.7700 74.7700 76.9600
Vietnamese Dong VND 0 18941 18941 0 16678 16115 16115 16678
Western Samoa Tala WST 0 0 0 0 0 1.6430 1.6430 0

It’s also worth noting that if you lodge a transfer via your local branch, you can request that any fees imposed by intermediary or receiving banks will be paid by you rather than the recipient. As an example, if you transfer money to the USA, you’ll have to pay an extra $30 fee in addition to the charge imposed from the table above.

Minimum transfer amount and available countries

There is no minimum payment amount for an international money transfer with CBA. While the standard amount you can send overseas at any one time through NetBank is $2,000, you can apply to have this limit raised to up to $50,000.

CBA allows you to transfer money into more than 30 currencies and to over 200 countries. While there’s no list available that outlines the countries you are unable to transfer to through CBA, transfers to countries such as Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Somalia are not available.

CBA allows transfers in the following currencies:

CAD CNY CZK DKK
EUR FJD GBP HKD
HUF INR IDR ILS
JPY KWD LBP MUR
XPF NZD NOK OMR
PGK PHP PLN SAR
SGD SBD ZAR KRW
LKR SEK CHF THB
TRY AED USD VUV
VND WST TOP TWD

What types of transfers can you carry out with CBA?

  • Internet banking. You can lodge an international money transfer through your NetBank account.
  • In-branch banking. You can lodge a transfer by visiting a branch, but you’ll be charged more for the transaction than if done online.
  • Phone banking. It’s also possible to complete transactions via phone banking.
  • Forward contracts. CBA allows you to lock in an exchange rate now for a transfer you want to make in the future.
  • One-off transfers. You can lodge a one-off transfer with CBA.
  • Regular transfers. You can also set up regular scheduled transfers to automatically send funds overseas.

If you ever need assistance when conducting a CBA international money transfer, there are plenty of customer service options available. As well as seeking help in branch, you can search the bank’s online help resources, ask a question on the CBA community, or even phone for assistance.

The registration and transfer process

Screenshot 2015-10-01 15.45.33You’ll need to be a CBA customer in order to use its money transfer services. You can open an account at a CBA branch by supplying appropriate identification and your contact details. If you wish to sign up for NetBank in order to perform your transactions, you can do this online by supplying details of your Commonwealth Bank debit card, credit card or keycard, plus your mobile phone number.

The first time you lodge an international money transfer via NetBank, you’ll have to click on "Increase Your Limit Now" to set your international money transfer limit.

Once that’s done, select "Transfers and BPAY" and click on "International Money Transfer". Enter the country you’re transferring money to and the recipient’s bank code.

Next, type in the recipient’s bank details and select the account you would like to transfer the funds from.

Finally, enter the amount and currency, and then click "Next" to confirm your transfer.

Most transfers are processed within two to five business days.

What are the pros and cons?

Pros

  • Secure. Using a trusted provider like CBA means your transfer is conducted through the secure SWIFT international banking system.
  • Range of options. You can lodge your transfer online, over the phone or in a branch.
  • Range of currencies. With more than 30 currencies available, CBA allows you to send funds to over 200 countries.

Cons

  • Fees apply. Fees apply to any international money transfer conducted through CBA.
  • Exchange rates. You’ll typically be able to find better exchange rates from dedicated international money transfer companies.

What other products and services does CommBank offer?

  • Foreign currency accounts. You can choose from 15 major global currencies and send and receive payments to and from overseas without having to repeatedly convert currencies.
  • Travel money cards. A travel money card from CBA allows you to load up to 13 currencies onto your card, which is accepted at more than 35 million locations worldwide. No transaction fees apply to purchases.
  • Travellers’ cheques. The bank offers American Express travellers’ cheques in US Dollars, Euros, Great British Pounds, Canadian Dollars and Japanese Yen.
  • International bank drafts. CBA provides bank drafts in 14 currencies across 19 countries. Drafts are treated as local cheques, allowing recipients to access their money quicker.

FAQs about CommBank overseas transfers

Do I need to be an Australian resident?

Not necessarily. Holders of 457 visas may be able to open a CBA account.

Do I need to be a CBA customer to transfer funds?

Yes, you’ll need to hold an account with CBA before you can use the bank’s international money transfer services.

Is this service available for small businesses?

Yes, small business can use CBA’s services to send money overseas.

How long do transfers take?

Most transfers take between two and five business days to be processed.

CBA offers a quick and easy option when you’re looking to transfer money overseas. However, make sure you compare the rates and fees of CBA with other banks and money transfer services so that you end up using the provider that gives you the best possible deal.


Commonwealth Bank (CBA) offers an easy solution when you’re looking to make an international money transfer. CBA offers transfers into more than 30 currencies and to over 200 countries around the world.


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