There are only a handful of companies you can use to send money to Algeria. Algerian dinars are uncommon, and some banks can only make payments in Algeria in US dollars. Rather than spend your time visiting each provider’s website, we’ve come up with a list of transfer companies and services you can use to send money to Algeria.
Smartraveller.gov.au advises Australian travellers reconsider their need to travel to Algeria. There is a high threat of kidnapping, terrorist attack and theft.
If you’re concerned about picking up cash in Algeria, contact your hotel to see if they can arrange for an escort to accompany you to and from your destination. Major international hotels should be able to provide at least some level of assistance at this request.
A money belt is also a good idea for keeping your valuables such as your passport and cash safe from pickpockets and opportunistic thieves.
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Banks versus money transfer companies
A small number of money transfer companies let you send money to Algeria, and most banks can't support this currency. You can see the main features of each different type of international payment service below. In this example, the bank is only able to send US dollars to Algeria.
Exchange rate. First, compare providers by whether they’ll exchange Australian dollars to Algerian dinars. Most online money transfer companies don’t exchange AUD to DZD while others can only send US dollars to Algeria.
Transfer fee. The extra fee to send money to Algeria; due to the exotic nature of the Algerian dinar, paying a high transfer fee may be unavoidable.
Transfer time. Bank account deposits take a number of working days to clear whereas cash collection can be ready right away. Faster transfers incur higher fees.
Payment options. Bank deposits, credit cards, debit cards and cash are all accepted methods of payment. Card and cash payments clear instantly.
Collection options. Banks and most companies deposits funds into the beneficiary's bank account, Western Union and MoneyGram have agents in Algeria where cash can be collected in person.
Transfer limits. Look for the provider’s transfer limits if you’re sending less than $100 or more than $10,000.
Transfer options. A number of providers offer transfer options suited to trading currency as well as one off payments to Algeria.
Customer service. It's importnt to know if there's an Australian-based customer service team available for you to contact if you have any questions about your trade.
There are three different types of international payment service you can use to send money to Algeria.
Banks. Although banks don’t publish the Algerian exchange rate on their foreign rate charts, you can send money to Algeria by logging on to your Internet banking facility. You’ll need the recipient's personal and bank details if they’re not already listed as a beneficiary.
International cash payment services. Once you’ve created an account with either Western Union or MoneyGram, you can send funds to Algeria to be collected as cash. These companies don’t offer bank account deposits like they do with other countries and only accept payment from a debit or credit card. Unlike some banks, both Western Union and MoneyGram are able to deliver the currency Algerian dinar opposed to US dollars.
Online foreign exchange services. These companies can deposit funds in an Algerian bank account. Points of difference include: multiple transfer options, bank-beating rates and fee-free transfer thresholds.
AFEX. AFEX can trade in all international currencies not under international embargo. AFEX offer a number of transfer options suited to trading foreign currencies and is the world’s largest non-bank provider of international payments.
Have a look at these options for getting access to cash in Algeria fast.
Emergency cash assist. If youcard is lost or stolen, you can request emergency cash assistance from Visa or Mastercard. The funds in your account can be made available to collect as cash at a local agent.
International cash transfer. Western Union and MoneyGram can send cash to Algeria in minutes. Both companies are represented by banks in major Algerian cities. Access to emergency funds on the weekend may be a problem in some areas.
Travel insurance. Read up on whether you can get an emergency cash provision from your travel insurance policy. For a covered event, you may be able to get access to cash to help with expenses.
Cash pickup locations in Western Union/MoneyGram branches in Algeria
MoneyGram has agents in BDL (Banque de Développement Local) banks in Algeria. These agents keep banking business hours, although opening and closing times can vary on the weekend. Western Union has agents in banks and money exchange offices in Algeria.
Algerie Poste Blvd. Hahad Abderrazak Alger, Alger 16603 +213-21-978928 Open Monday to Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 5.30pm Open Thursday 8am to 4pm
Algerie Poste Place De La Republique Alger, Alger 16300 Open Monday to Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 5.30pm Open Thursday 8am to 4pm
Agence Oran Loubet 13 Bis Ave Cheikh Larbi Tbessi, Boulevard Mohamed 5, Oran, 31000 +213-21-451493 Open Monday to Thursday, Sunday 9am to 3.30pm
Oran Soumam Boulevard De La Soumam, Oran, +213-770890034 Open Monday to Thursday, and Sunday 9am to 4pm
BDL - 165 - Agence Boumerdes 24 Compl Commercial Coummam Rte. Boumerdes 35000 +213-24816062 Open Monday to Sunday 8am to 4pm
BDL 107 - Agence Port Said 1 Rue Ali Boumendjel, Gare Alger, 1600. +213-21-748369 Open Monday to Wednesday, Sunday 8am to 4pm
BDL - 210 - Agence Tébessa Route Marsot Quartier Remonte, Tebessa, 12000 +213-37484020 Open Monday to Thursday, Sunday 8.30am to 6pm
BDL - 232 - Agence Guelma Ex Ecole des Cadets, Guelma, 24000 +213-37211228 Open Monday to Thursday, Sunday 8.30am to 6pm
Shirley Liu is Finder's global program manager. She was previously the publisher for banking and investments and has also written comparisons for energy, money transfers, Uber Eats and many other topics. Shirley has a Master of Commerce and a Bachelor of Media, Journalism and Communications from the University of New South Wales. She is passionate about helping people find the best deal for their needs.
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