Colombia

Transfer Money Overseas to Colombia Online

Research and compare your options so that you can find a great deal when you need to send money to Colombia from Australia.

Sitting at the northern tip of South America, Colombia is a culturally diverse nation famous for its lush rainforest, beautiful mountains and for growing some of the world’s best coffee. It’s also a popular inclusion on the itinerary of any Australian visitor to South America - and if you ever need to send money from Australia to Colombia, perhaps to a friend or relative visiting the country, there are plenty of transfer options to choose from.

But before you hand over any money to your bank or anyone else, make sure to compare your transfer options and find the most convenient and cost-effective transfer solution.

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Rates last updated September 22nd, 2017
Name Product Min. Transfer Amount Transfer Speed Services Online Transfer Fee Rate Amount Received Description
Exclusive: World First International Money Transfers
AUD 2,000
1 day
Online, Phone
Exclusive offer: $0 transfer fee and discounted exchange rates for your first trade only.
A higher exchange rate applies to non-finder customers. Send money in more than 130 currencies.
Compass Global Markets International Money Transfers
AUD 1,000
1 day
Online, Phone
Send money overseas in at least 140 currencies.
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Banks versus money transfer companies

If you want to send money from Australia to Colombia, you could use your bank. But while banks offer a convenient transfer solution, they don’t offer it cheaply. Banks are notorious for offering mediocre exchange rates and charging high fees on international transfers, so even a transfer of a small amount can end up costing a whole lot more than you might expect.

If you’re looking for a more affordable option, consider the services provided by a wide range of specialist online money transfer providers. These companies, such as World First and Currency Fair, offer quick and affordable transactions to myriad destinations around the world. Their exchange rates and fees are much more reasonable than those charged by the banks, which means that more money stays in your bank account (or your recipient’s).

Carlos Sends Money to Colombia

While Carlos is living and working in Australia for a couple of years, he intermittently sends money home to his parents in Colombia. Up until now he has used her bank to send the international transfer for him, but he decides to compare two online money transfer providers to see if they can offer a better deal.

The results of his comparison are shown below. As you can see, Carlos can save AUD $10 in transfer fees and send an extra 11,736.56 COP using the second money transfer company.

Money transfer provider 1Money transfer provider 2
Exchange rate1 AUD = 2,225.85 COP1 AUD = 2,237.5866 COP
Transfer fee$10$0
Transfer methodOnline bank account transferOnline bank account transfer days
Processing time1-3 days1-3 days
Amount received (in COP)2,225,850 COP2,237,586.56 COP

How do I compare transfer companies when transferring and receiving money via Colombia?

  • Exchange rates. Compare the exchange rates offered by a number of transfer companies to calculate just how affordable your transaction will be.
  • Transaction fees. It’s worth pointing out that a company with fantastic exchange rates may also charge high fees, so read up on all the fees and charges that will apply to your transfers. Some companies will also waive their fees for large transactions.
  • Method of placing a transfer. Check to see what options are available for placing transfers: online, over the phone, in person at a branch and/or using a smartphone app.
  • Transfer options. Some companies specialise in providing one-off transfers only, but others can offer flexible features such as forward contracts and recurring payment plans to help you save money and time.
  • Minimum and maximum transfer amounts. If you will need to transfer small or large amounts, check to see whether the company imposes and minimum or maximum transaction limits. Keep in mind that there may also be a limit on the amount of money you can transfer during a certain period, for example one month.
  • Turnaround time. Compare transaction processing times between providers to see which one can get your funds to the destination the quickest, not to mention how much you’ll have to pay for an urgent transfer.
  • Pickup options. Does the provider offer cash pickup transfers or bank account deposits? Are there any other ways your beneficiary can access the money you send?
  • Customer service. If you ever have a question about a transfer or about the services a company offers, can you easily access the assistance you need from the customer support team?
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How do I send money to Colombia from Australia?

  • Specialist transfer companies. Money transfer providers like World First Foreign Exchange can offer convenient and affordable international transfers.
  • Cash pickup transfers. Western Union and MoneyGram offer easy cash transfers to Colombia.
  • Bank transfers. You can send money to Colombia through your bank but this will usually be an expensive transfer option.
  • International cheques. A secure yet slow and costly transfer method is to send an international guaranteed cheque.

How do I receive money from Colombia in Australia?

  • Specialist transfer companies. Do your research online to see which companies offer transfers from Colombia to Australia.
  • Cash pickup transfers. This option allows you to pick up a cash transfer from a money transfer branch close to you.
  • Bank transfers. Another viable transfer option is to send funds directly from a Colombian bank account to an Australian bank account.
  • International cheques. International guaranteed cheques are an old-fashioned transfer method that can also be expensive.
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Emergency cash transfers in Colombia

You’ve just received a panicked reverse charges phone call from your brother in Colombia. While holidaying in Bogota, he’s had his wallet stolen and only has $10 to his name - he needs you to send him funds fast.

The good news is that there are plenty of companies who can help you send an emergency cash transfer; the bad news is that urgent transfers cost more than normal ones. Lower exchange rates and higher fees than normal often apply, so check the full cost of your transaction before deciding whether or not you’re getting a good deal.

Cash pickup locations in Colombia/ Western Union / MoneyGram branches in Colombia

Western Union and MoneyGram offer fast cash transfers that can be picked up from branch locations across Colombia. Your recipient will need to take photo ID and a transaction reference number with them when they go to pick up the funds, while phoning ahead to confirm an agent’s opening hours is also recommended. Some popular cash pickup locations in Colombia are listed below.

Western Union

  • Bogota Efecty

    Calle 42 A Sur 19 07 Bogota, Cundinamarca
    +57-7676439
    Open 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 2pm Saturday

  • Acciones Y Valores Sa

    Carrera 59a N 79 30 Local 117
    Exito Calle 80 Bogota
    +57-1-018000111700
    Open 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm Sunday

  • Medellin

    Acciones Y Valores Sa
    Diagonal 50a N 38 20 Local 101
    Oficina Niquia Pf Medellin, Antioquia
    +57-1-018000111700
    Open 8am to 6pm Monday to Saturday

  • Efecty

    40021
    Carrera 47 7 76 Medellin, Antioquia
    +57-6-3522286
    Open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 12pm Saturday

MoneyGram

  • Bogota

    Titan Intercontinental Sa
    Transversal 71D No 26 94 Sur Ccial Plaza de las Americas Lca
    Bogota
    28980898
    Open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 1pm Saturday

  • Bancolombia

    Calle 98 N52B10
    Bogota
    44041137
    Open 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 1pm Saturday

  • Medellin

    Davivienda
    Kr 80 No. 48-105
    Medellin,
    5744219075
    Open 8am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, 8am to 4:30pm Friday

  • Davivienda

    Kr 55 No. 42-180
    Medellin
    2626206
    Open 8am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday

Tips for picking up cash in Colombia

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade recommends that Australian visitors to Colombia exercise a high degree of caution, so it’s important that you take care when picking up cash. If you can, get a friend to accompany you and act as an extra deterrent to would-be thieves, while it’s also a good idea to only visit a cash pickup agent in an area you know to be safe. Don’t display the cash you collect in public and deposit it in your bank account as soon as possible.

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What are the steps to send money to Colombia?

The basic tasks you’ll need to complete when sending money to Colombia are as follows:

  1. Sign up for an account. Once you’ve chosen a transfer company, you can usually register for a free online account. You’ll usually have to supply your name, contact details and proof of ID.
  2. Enter your transaction information. How much money are you sending? In what currency? Who are you sending the money to and where do they live? You’ll need to answer all these questions when finalising the details of your transfer.
  3. Complete your transfer. Review your payment details and the full cost of your transaction, then submit your transfer. You will most likely receive a reference number you can use to monitor the progress of your funds.

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TorFX International Money Transfers

TorFX guarantee to beat any competitor's exchange rate for a transaction. Conditions apply.
Send money overseas in 45 currencies.

Exclusive: OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers

Exclusive offer: Discounted exchange rates for your first and ongoing transactions. $0 transfer fee.
A higher exchange rate applies to non-finder customers. Send money in 45 currencies.

Exclusive: World First International Money Transfers

Exclusive offer: $0 transfer fee and discounted exchange rates for your first trade only.
A higher exchange rate applies to non-finder customers. Send money in more than 130 currencies.

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FC Exchange can save you money with its Best Exchange Rate Guarantee. Conditions apply.
No transfer fee when transferring more than £10,000 or equivalent. Send money in 43 currencies.

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    MattAugust 5, 2017

    Trying to send money to family in Colombia. Tried all of your suggestions and none offer a bank transfer service to a bank account in Colombia in COP. What next?

    • Staff
      ArnoldAugust 5, 2017Staff

      Hi Matt,

      Thanks for your inquiry.

      Maybe you can try Transferwise. Just sign up for Transferwise, tap in how much, and where to. Then make a local payment to TransferWise, whether it’s with a bank transfer or your card.

      Hope this information helped.

      Cheers,
      Arnold

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    JezzmanJanuary 8, 2017

    Do you know of any foreign exchange companies that will offer an exchange from AUD to COP? Plenty will transfer to Colombia but I cannot find one that offers an exchange into COP

    • Staff
      AnndyJanuary 16, 2017Staff

      Hi Jezzman,

      Thanks for your question.

      There are different currency exchange service providers in Australia where you can purchase or exchange Australian dollars for other currency including:

      Bureaux de change – these companies operate in airports and shopping centers like Travelex
      Banks – you can also readily purchase foreign currency from most major banks
      Online foreign exchange companies – Several online companies such as Travel Money Oz and OFX offer currency exchange services

      For more information on currency exchange transactions, please refer to our guide here.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    larryJune 27, 2016

    is there a limit of how much money i can send to colombia from australia ? thank you

    • Staff
      ClarizzaJune 27, 2016Staff

      Hi Larry,

      Thanks for your question.

      The maximum amount you can send to Australian from Colombia will depend on the money transfer service you choose. It’s best to check with the company to find out whether there’s a maximum amount on money transfers.

      Hope this helps.

      Clarizza

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