Famous for its relaxed lifestyle, its beautiful beaches and its Olympic sprinters, the Caribbean island nation of Jamaica is one of the world’s great tourist destinations. If you ever need to send money to Jamaica from Australia – maybe to help out a cash-strapped relative travelling through the Caribbean – there are plenty of ways to do so.
However, in order to ensure that you get the best possible deal, shop around and compare the services offered by different transfer providers.
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Banks versus money transfer companies
Many people automatically assume that the best way to send money overseas is via their bank. While banks do offer a convenient transfer solution, they offer a disappointing deal from a financial perspective. Their transaction fees are high and their exchange rates are often quite dismal, which means even a small transfer can end up costing much more than it should.
This underwhelming transfer service has led to the creation of a raft of online money transfer companies. These providers, such as WorldFirst and WorldRemit, specialise in moving money internationally, and as such they can offer superior exchange rates to the banks. Their transfer fees are typically much lower as well, so don’t hesitate to compare your transfer options before lodging a transaction request.
Carter Sends Money to Jamaica
Carter is holidaying in Australia when he gets an emergency call from his sister Veronica. Veronica has been involved in a car accident and needs some urgent funds to help get her vehicle back on the road. Carter offers to send her $1,000 to help, but is disappointed to see that his bank will offer a low exchange rate and also charge a $25 fee on his transfer. He compares two money transfer companies to see if he can find a more cost-effective transfer option.
As you can see in the table below, Carter can send an extra 426.30 JMD if he uses the second transfer company.
Money transfer company 1
Money transfer company 2
1 AUD = 83.9813 JMD
1 AUD = 84.4076
Online bank account transfer
Online bank account transfer
Amount received (in JMD)
How do I compare transfer companies when transferring and receiving money via Jamaica?
Exchange rates. Compare exchange rates between providers to see which company offers the highest rates. However, keep an eye out for any high transaction fees that may also be attached.
Transfer fees. Many companies will charge a fee on every transaction, so see how much those fees are and whether there’s a way you can avoid paying them.
Transfer methods. Compare the methods available for lodging a transfer: online, over the phone, in a branch or using a free mobile app.
Transfer options. Check whether the company offers a range of flexible transfer options in addition to one-off spot transfers. These include forward contracts, limit orders and the ability to schedule repeat payments.
Minimum and maximum limits. Does the company enforce minimum and maximum limits on the amount you can transfer?
Processing times. How long will it take until your recipient can access the money you send? Some companies offer transfers in as little as a few minutes, but these transactions tend to cost more.
Pickup options. Some companies offer cash pickups while others offer bank account deposits or mobile airtime transfers.
Customer service. Will phone, email and/or live chat customer support be available if you ever have a question about a transaction?
When you need to send funds to Jamaica quickly, companies such as Western Union and MoneyGram offer cash transfers that can be completed in as little as ten minutes. However, be aware that urgent cash transfers usually cost more than online transactions processed at normal speed. Higher fees and lower exchange rates apply, so review the full details of your transaction before you transfer any funds.
Cash pickup locations Western Union/MoneyGram branches in Jamaica
If you want to send a cash pickup transfer to Jamaica, Western Union and MoneyGram can help. Both have extensive transfer networks and you can see the details below of some of their popular cash pickup locations in Jamaica. Phone ahead to check an agent’s address and opening hours before visiting, and make sure to take proof of ID when you go to collect any funds.
Bejon Ltd 111b Molynes Rd Kingston 20, St Andrew Open 7am to 11pm Monday to Saturday +876-929-1331
59 C Waltham Park Road Kingston 11 Kingston, St Andrew Open 7am to 11pm Monday to Saturday +876-926-2454
True North Ventures Limited Catherine S Peak Office Unit B Sagicor Commercial Comp Freeport Montego Bay, St James Open 7am to 11pm Monday to Saturday +876-929-1331
Hometown Supermarket Overton
Shop 9 Overton Plaza P O Box 1130 Montego Bay, St James Open 7am to 11pm Monday to Saturday +876-926-2454
Huhenden Pharmacy 111 Molynes Road Kingston 10, Open 24/7 8769343130
44 Waltham Park Road Kingston, Open 24/7 8769604397
Sunrise Employment Agency Suite 4 Rose Hall 674 Half Moon Street Montego Bay, Open 24/7 8769533228
New Unico Sales & Services
30 Union Street Montego Bay Open 8am to 8pm Monday to Saturday 8769792870
The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises Australian travellers in Jamaica to exercise a high degree of caution, so keep the following tips in mind when picking up cash:
Only visit an agent in an area where you feel safe
Don’t go alone – take one or more friends along with you
Keep your cash concealed and don’t wave it around in front of strangers
Deposit the money in a safe place as soon as possible
What are the steps to send money to Jamaica?
Sign up for an account. The first step in the transfer process is usually to sign up for a free account online. You’ll need to provide your name, contact details and photo ID.
Enter your transaction information. Provide details of who you are sending the money to and in what country they are located. You’ll also need to enter the amount you wish to send and your chosen currency.
Finalise your transfer. After reviewing the full cost of your transaction, submit your transfer request and then use your receipt to track the progress of your funds.
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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