Can you send money to Kiribati like a true champ?

kiribatiFollow these handy tips to send reliable and affordable money transfers to Kiribati.

The tiny island nation of Kiribati sits in the Central Pacific Ocean. Made up of 33 coral atolls, Kiribati is famous for its unspoiled beaches, offering a pristine travel destination not yet crowded with tourists.

If you need to send money from Australia to Kiribati, don’t simply settle for the first money transfer provider you come across. If you’re willing to take the time to shop around, you could find a much better deal. Whether you need to send money to Kiribati or anywhere else around the world, think twice before using your bank to handle the transaction.

Enter your details to speak to a foreign exchange expert

By submitting this form, you agree to Privacy and Cookies Policy and Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy
TorFX Logo

Save money on your personal or business international money transfer today. Fill in the form and you’ll be contacted by a foreign exchange expert to have an obligation-free discussion about your options. Our foreign exchange experts offer a best rate guarantee, are ASIC authorised and never charge transfer fees.

They can help you with all your needs including:

  • Buying property abroad
  • Emigrating
  • Regular overseas payments
  • Risk management
  • Forecasting

Banks versus money transfer companies

Banks offer some of the worst exchange rates available on the market, although this doesn’t matter when sending funds to Kiribati because the Australian Dollar is accepted as legal tender there. But banks also charge high transfer fees, so you can find much cheaper transfers if you look elsewhere.

Recent years have seen the rapid growth of a new section of the banking and finance industry: online money transfer companies. Providers such as Currency Online and WorldFirst specialise in international money transfers. They offer superior exchange rates and lower transaction fees than the banks, allowing you to enjoy big savings when you send money overseas.

Case Study: Keith Sends Money to Kiribati

Keith wants to send $1,000 to his daughter Leah, who is spending a month holidaying and volunteering in Kiribati. Leah has spent all her holiday budget just two weeks into her trip, so Keith promises to send her some cash as quickly as possible. In an effort to find the best possible deal, he compares the transfer fees and processing times of two specialist transfer companies.

As the table below shows, using the second company allows Keith to save $7 in transfer fees.

Money transfer company 1 Money transfer company 2
Transfer fee $10 $3
Transfer method Online bank account transfer Online bank account transfer
Processing time 1-3 days 1-3 days
Amount received (in AUD) $1,000 $1,000
Difference +$7

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

  • Exchange rates. While you don’t need to worry about exchange rates when sending Australian Dollars to Kiribati, you’ll need to consider them when sending funds in another currency. Look around for the company that regularly offers better rates than its competitors.
  • Transfer methods. Can you lodge transfers online or over the phone? Does the provider have branches where you can place transfer requests?
  • Transfer options. Keep an eye out for companies that offer the convenience and flexibility of options such as forward contracts, limit orders and the ability to set up recurring payment plans.
  • Minimum and maximum limits. If the provider imposes minimum or maximum limits on transfers, check to see whether they will be too restricting for your transfer requirements.
  • Processing times. Some companies offer transfers within a few minutes while others can take multiple business days to process a transaction.
  • Pickup options. Will the funds be deposited into your recipient’s bank account or made available for collection from a cash pickup point?
  • Customer service. Will you be able to access customer assistance if you ever need help with a transfer?
Back to top

How do I send money to Kiribati from Australia?

  • Specialist transfer providers. Research several providers to see which ones offer transfers between Australia and Kiribati.
  • Cash-pickup transfer companies. Western Union runs the largest cash-pickup transfer network in the world.
  • Bank transfers. Check the transaction fee your bank charges each time you send a transfer.
  • International cheques. Sending an international guaranteed cheque is a slow and potentially expensive option.

How do I receive money from Kiribati in Australia?

  • Specialist transfer providers. Compare your options to see if there are any specialist transfer providers that send money from Kiribati to Australia.
  • Cash pickup transfer companies. Search online to find the Western Union location closest to you.
  • Bank transfers. Your loved one in Kiribati could send a transfer from their bank account to your Australian account.
  • International cheques. Check what fees your bank charges when you cash international cheques.
Back to top

Emergency cash transfers in Kiribati

When you need to get money from Australia to Kiribati as quickly as possible, companies such as Western Union can offer cash transfers within minutes. However, you should be aware that urgent transfers tend to attract higher fees and sometimes lower exchange rates as well, so it’s important to check the full cost of your transfer before you hand over any money.

Cash pickup locations in Kiribati / Western Union branches in Kiribati

With hundreds of thousands of agent locations around the world, Western Union offers a huge range of transfer options. Some of the company’s popular cash pickup locations in Kiribati are detailed below. Make sure that you have photo ID and a transaction reference number with you when you go to collect any cash.

Western Union


  • Coral Ace
    Bairiki Tarawa, +686-29517
    Open 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 2pm Saturday
  • Coral Ace Supplies
    Main Road. Abarao, Tarawa Tarawa,
    Open 8am to 5pm Monday to Saturday

Betio Village

  • Coral Ace
    Betio Kiribati, +686-29517
    Open 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 2pm Saturday
Back to top

Tips for picking up cash in Kiribati

Picking up cash from a transfer provider can make you a target for thieves, so keep a few simple safety tips in mind when collecting funds:

  • Don’t go alone – ask a friend to join you.
  • Don’t pick up cash in any area where you do not feel safe.
  • Don’t display your cash in public.
  • Don’t carry funds around with you for any longer than you need to – deposit them in a safe place.
Back to top

What are the steps to send money to Kiribati?

You will generally need to do the following in order to send an international money transfer:

  1. Sign up for an account. It’s usually free to register for an online account when you provide your full name, contact details and valid photo ID.
  2. Provide your transaction information. Enter details about the amount of money you’re sending, where it’s going and what currency you will be transferring.
  3. Finalise your transfer. The final step is to review the details and cost of your transaction before submitting your transfer. Many providers also offer email or SMS notifications to let you know when your transfer has been completed.

International Money Transfer Offers

Important Information*
TorFX International Money Transfers

TorFX guarantees to match any competitor's exchange rate for a transaction. Conditions apply.
Send money overseas in 45 currencies. Once registered, you'll be assigned an Account Manager who can provide support and guidance.

OFX (Ozforex) International Money Transfers

$0 transfer fees for Finder customers. Transfer any amount from $250 upwards. $0 transfer fee on transfers over AU$10,000, $15 flat fee applies otherwise. 24-hour customer service available with a local support team.

WorldFirst International Money Transfers

Use code FINDER20 for $20 credit towards your next transfer*. Conditions apply.
Send 60+ currencies at competitive rates with $0 transfer fees for Finder customers. WorldFirst will beat any eligible quote from another provider.
*Offer valid for one-time use and only applies to transfers of AUD$10,000 or more.

WorldRemit International Money Transfers

An online money transfer service with cash pickup, bank account to bank account and airtime transfers available.

Ask an Expert

You are about to post a question on

  • Do not enter personal information (eg. surname, phone number, bank details) as your question will be made public
  • is a financial comparison and information service, not a bank or product provider
  • We cannot provide you with personal advice or recommendations
  • Your answer might already be waiting – check previous questions below to see if yours has already been asked

Finder only provides general advice and factual information, so consider your own circumstances, or seek advice before you decide to act on our content. By submitting a question, you're accepting our Privacy & Cookies Policy and Terms of Use, Disclaimer & Privacy Policy.
Ask a question
Go to site