Send money to a loved one, or receive money from any international Western Union location. Access the Western Union money transfer service in our banking app, our online banking website, or in branch.

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It's everywhere

Absa and Western Union give you access to over 500 000 locations in more than 200 countries and territories.

It’s fast

International cash send to a loved one is available for collection in minutes.

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It's convenient

From the mobile in your palm, to cash in theirs. Quick, safe and simple.

  • Why should I use Western Union?


    • Each transfer can be tracked using a money transfer control number (MTCN)
    • The sender gives this number to the receiver, ensuring that only the receiver can collect the money
    • Positive identification is required to redeem the funds.


    • Advanced technology and a unique, worldwide network ensure quick payout
    • Money is available for collection in minutes (subject to agent operating hours and differences in time zones).


    • Register for Absa Online and experience the convenience of sending or receiving money
      • Download our Banking App with internet or mobile banking.
        Please note that, in certain countries, only the ‘receive money’ service is available.
  • Regulations and documentation

    The following types of Western Union receive transactions are allowed:

    • Foreign students studying in South Africa receiving funds from abroad to pay for their living expenses, tuition, books, etc.
    • Earnings of SA resident temporarily abroad
    • Monetary gifts received from abroad, other than to charitable, religious, cultural or educational organisations.

    The following persons cannot perform a Western Union money transfer transaction:

    • Foreign tourists visiting South Africa receiving funds from abroad for their holiday or business visit to South Africa
    • Residents of Lesotho, Swaziland and Namibia
    • Non-residents are not allowed to send or receive funds to or from South Africa via Western Union.
  • How it works online

    • Absa Online – After logging on, click on the ‘Payments’ tab to access the ‘International Funds Transfer’ gadget. Logon now
    • Absa Express - Available in the ‘Payment’ menu option under ‘International Payments’. Logon now
    • Absa Banking App – Western Union payments are available in the ‘Pay’ hub, under ‘International payment’. Download the new banking app now on the Play Store and App Store

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