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Find the best way to send money to French Polynesia

Learn how to send money to French Polynesia from Australia in our step-by-step guide.

Looking for a way to send money to family, friends or a business in French Polynesia (or even to your own bank account overseas)? According to MoneySmart, you should avoid Australian banks and go with a money transfer specialist to get better XPF exchange rates and lower fees on international transfers.

Based on the providers we've compared, Xe Money Transfers is among the cheapest, with competitive exchange rates and fees starting from $0. Need a really fast transfer? CurrencyFair can get money to your recipient in French Polynesia within minutes.

Best ways to send money to French Polynesia from Australia

The best way to send money to French Polynesia depends on your payment method, how you want your money to be received and how fast you need it to arrive.
  • Online money transfer provider. When buying Australian dollars or CFP francs money transfer specialists typically offer better rates and cheaper fees than a local bank.
  • Bank transfer. Bank transfers are an easy way to send money to French Polynesia but they charge extra for the convenience and are often slower than other methods. AU banks generally add a 3% to 6% markup onto exchange rates.

Compare the best money transfer companies to send money to French Polynesia

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Name Product Filter Values Fastest Transfer Speed Fees (Pay by Bank Transfer)
Xe Large Transfers
24 hours
$0
Xe has fast transfers with low fees and a range of foreign currency tools.
Xe Money Transfers
Within minutes
$0
Xe has fast transfers with low fees and a range of foreign currency tools.
CurrencyFair
Within minutes
€3
CurrencyFair has bank-beating exchange rates and fast transfer times on 15+ popular currencies.
Qantas Business Money
Within minutes
$0
Limited time offer: Earn up to 125,000 bonus Qantas Points as a first-time converter. Ends 30 April 2024. Conversion limits and T&Cs apply.
Set up accounts in 11 different currencies and get rewarded for global business payments by earning Qantas Points.
Airwallex
Within minutes
$0
Streamline global payments in 60+ currencies. Send & receive securely in 150+ countries, with fast settlements & competitive rates. Simplify book-keeping & manage everything in one place.
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Cheapest way to send money to French Polynesia

As reported by the ACCC, bank transfers are typically the cheapest way to get your money to French Polynesia. Xe Money Transfers and CurrencyFair have some of the lowest bank transfer fees of the brands we've compared.

Remember, it's more important to look at the overall cost of your transfer to French Polynesia and this has a couple of elements:
  • Transfer fees. While still cheaper than your Australian bank, money transfer services charge either a fixed or percentage-based fee for making your transfer.
  • Exchange rates. Another way money transfer providers make money is to add a margin to the mid-market AUD/XPF exchange rate.

Certain providers may give the mid-market rate but add fees on top and others will have low fees but apply a markup on the exchange rate. This means it is important to compare exactly how many CFP francs your recipient will end up with.

Fastest way to send money to French Polynesia

Actual transfer times from Australia to French Polynesia can depend on several factors including transfer amount, payment method and currency.

Here are some of the fastest average transfer speeds to French Polynesia:
  • Xe Money Transfers — within minutes
  • CurrencyFair — within minutes

Safest way to send money to French Polynesia

The safest way to get your money to French Polynesia is using a provider registered with Australia's industry regulator, the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC). All of the companies we've compared in our table are overseen by a local regulator and comply with the relevant laws and regulations in both Australia and French Polynesia.

A great way to dive deeper is by reading our reviews of each transfer service and researching first-hand customer feedback on Trustpilot and similar platforms.

Large money transfers to French Polynesia

If you need to make a sizable money transfer to French Polynesia, consider using a provider such as Xe Large Transfers to secure a better XPF exchange rate and benefit from its expertise handling larger transactions.

Using a large transfer specialist can have the following advantages:
  • Tax guidance. Large transfers to French Polynesia may have tax implications for you or your recipient. A transfer specialist can help get you up to speed on the Australian Taxation Office's latest advice.
  • Foreign exchange tools. Advanced tools such as forward contracts, limit orders and stop-loss orders can help you lock in the XPF exchange rate you want.
  • Account manager. Some money transfer providers assign a personal account manager who can offer advice and help facilitate transfers.
  • Phone service. If you want to talk your transfer through with someone, providers such as Xe Large Transfers and Xe Money Transfers can provide support over the phone.

How to send money to French Polynesia from Australia

To send money to French Polynesia, you'll need the necessary documentation, your recipient's details and a way to pay.

  1. Compare your options.
    Use our table to find a money transfer provider that sends funds to French Polynesia. One may be better for cash pickups while another may suit a bank transfer. Once you've found the best one for your requirements, click "Go to site".
  2. Create an account.
    You'll need to give your name, address, contact details, proof of ID and method of payment.
  3. Provide your recipient's details.
    Enter your recipient's name and contact information. If you're sending straight to their French Polynesian bank account, you'll need the account number, SWIFT or IBAN plus their bank branch's address.
  4. Enter your transfer amount.
    Check you're happy with the fees, exchange rates and transfer speed, then enter the amount you wish to send. Double-check the total CFP francs your recipient gets.
  5. Complete your transfer.
    Send your money transfer to French Polynesia. Keep your transaction reference number safe so you can track your transfer. Your recipient may need it too.

How to choose a money transfer company for French Polynesia

When selecting a provider to transfer money to French Polynesia, here are the main factors to consider:

  • Exchange rates. Banks and transfer services use the mid-market rate to trade with one another. However, not every money transfer provider offers the mid-market rate so compare the XPF you're offered to the mid-market rate to calculate the margin.
  • Transfer fees. Are you being charged a flat fee or a percentage of the transfer amount? A provider offering to transfer your money to French Polynesia for a flat or low fee might work out better if you're sending a large amount.
  • Transfer type. Does your recipient have a French Polynesian bank account or is cash pickup a better option? Each transfer type will have different fees. For example, instant cash pickups tend to be more expensive than bank transfers.
  • Transfer speed. If you need your transfer to arrive quickly, you can pay for an express delivery. Some companies offer instant cash pickups but may charge more. If you're not in a rush, online money transfer services offer the best value.
  • Transfer limits. Find out how much you can send with each service. For example, CurrencyFair has a transfer limit of $10,000,000 while Xe Money Transfers allows transfers up to $750,000 online (no max offline) .
  • Discounts. Providers may offer you a free transfer simply for signing up. Others may give a discount for transferring more than a specific amount of CFP francs.

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