Money transfer is an easy way to send money to anyone using your own bank while the other person will be credited to his or her own bank. It is so easy that you can transfer funds to anybody within the country in a few minutes. However, transferring money from abroad is also easy, but not all banks accept such. We normally call this wire transfer. The good news is that many banks now accept wire transfers to saving accounts.
If you tend to send money to your friends, family, or business associates in Nigeria, below is the list of supported banks you can do that. Before then, let’s take a quick look at money transfers to Nigeria.
Bank Wire transfers to Nigeria – Banks VS Money Transfer Companies
Basically, banks allow their customers to send funds to Nigeria. However, this type of transaction comes with fees or charges applied. Another thing is that they offer exchange rates that are way lower than the one you will get at the black market or Bureau De Change. This is why many people prefer using money transfer companies to receive their funds since they will give them a high rate and lower transfer fees.
If you intend to use money transfer companies to receive your cash, the requirements for such transactions are below.
Requirement For Companies Bank Transfer to Nigeria
- Step 1: To transfer money in Nigeria, make sure you have the funds in your account. This should be USD domiciled bank account.
- Step 2: Make sure you have the recipient’s full legal name. The name must match the name on the bank statement.
- Step 3: You will need the recipient’s city address to transfer the funds.
- Step 4: You will also need the Recipient’s Bank Name Recipient’s Account Number.
- Step 5: The account should be a USD domiciled account.
- Step 6: The recipients must have a BVN listed at the bank to receive international transfers.
- Step 7: A mobile number that will be used to send an SMS notification to inform you when the money is credited.
- Step 8: Finally, you will have to choose a reason for sending the money, which can be for purchasing goods, for family or friend support, for property payment, etc.
How to Get BVN from Abroad
Just as you have seen, the sender BVN will also be required. Below is how to get your BVN from abroad.
- Step 1: Visit https://avanteglobalservices.com
- Step 2: Fill in the registration form.
- Step 3: Now, make an appointment at one of their location close to you.
- Step 4: Pay $5 online or when you go to the appointment.
- Step 5: You will have to show your photo ID (driving license or passport) at the appointment.
- Step 6: You will give them your passport photo, or they will take one.
- Step 7: They will take your fingerprint.
- Step 8: They cross-check all your details to make sure they are correct.
- Step 9: You will be given an ID number.
- Step 10: Email your ID number to [email protected]
- Step 11: After this, they will send you your BVN.
- Step 12: You can now give your BVN to your Bank.
Nigerian Saving Bank That Support International Wire Transfer
Many Banks accept international bank transfers in Nigeria. To send money to a Nigerian savings bank account, you will need to get the following from the recipients.
- Bank Name
- Recipient’s Name
- Account Number
- BIC/SWIFT Code.
As the recipients, you will need a Nigerian Naira Saving account or a domiciliary account to be able to receive your money. The difference between a Domiciliary Account and a Naira Bank Account is that in a Domiciliary Account, the bank will pay you in dollars, and then you can go anywhere and change your money.
Meanwhile, in a Naira Saving Account, your money will be converted to Naira by the Bank using the CBN rate, which will be lower than the back market rate.
Below is the list of Banks that support international wire transfers.
1. First Bank
I have been using First Bank for more than two years to receive international wire transfers direct to my Nigerian Saving Bank Account. I have no issues and no complaints at all. In fact, I can tell you that First Bank is one of the best Banks in Nigeria to receive an international wire transfer. Unlike other banks that will take 3 working days to credit your account, First Bank will take just 24 hours, and the cash will reflect on your account. Their requirement is just your Bank Name, full name, account number, and SWIFT code which is FBNINGLA.
2. Union Banks
Apart from First Banks, Union Banks is another great bank that you can use to receive an international transfer. I have used Union Bank to receive a wire transfer to my domiciliary account, and their charges are not that high. However, it always takes 3-4 working days before the money will reflect in my account. Apart from that, I don’t have any other thing to complain about Union Banks. They are reliable, just like First Banks.
3. GT Banks
Many of my friends will always say that GT Bank is for international transactions. The reason is that GT Bank has always been their source of international wire transfers. The good thing is that their exchange rate is a bit higher than other banks. They also credit accounts fast as well and their charges are not that high. If you have a domiciliary bank account, then you should use GT Bank.
4. Access Bank
I can’t say much about access bank, but I know a couple of friends who have been receiving wire transfers using Access Bank and are not complaining. Yes, you can send money to Access Bank from abroad and be sure that the recipients will get the fund in no time. You can do an FX transfer of up to $50,000 with transfer charges of 0.5%.
5. Zenith Bank
With Zenith Bank, you can receive foreign currency transfers from abroad either to your Naira account or to your domiciliary account. The requirement includes the transfer PIN, expected amount in USD, acceptable means of identification, senders name and address, and the receiver’s address and names as well. Even if you don’t have an account with Zenith Bank, you can also pick up the cash in US Dollars at any of their branches.
Other Banks That Support International Wire Transfer
There are still many other Banks that support international wire transfers. All you need to do is to contact the bank you have an account with, and they will explain the requirement you need to receive an international wire transfer to your account. If you don’t want to use Bank, then you can receive money from an approved list of CBN international money transfer operators in Nigeria. Check out the list below.
List of CBN International Money Transfer Operators in Nigeria
|1||AFTAB CURRENCY EXCHANGE LIMITED||Pall Mall Court, 61-67 King Street, Manchester, M2 4PD, United Kingdom|
|2||AZIMO LIMITED||173 Upper Street London, NI IRG United Kingdom|
|44 Whalebone Lane South Dagenham, Essex RMB 1BB, United Kingdom|
|4||CAPEREMIT UK LIMITED||47 Stanley Road Stevenage Hertfordshire SG2 OEE United Kingdom|
|5||CASHPOT LIMITED||157, Deptford High Street SE8 3NU, London United Kingdom|
|6||CENTREXCARD LIMITED||Unit 46, Dartford Business Park (Basepoint) Victoria Road, Dartford DA1 5FS, Kent, UK|
|7||CHIME INC.||239 East 5th Street Suite 4B New York, NY 10003 United States|
|8||COLONY CAPITAL LIMITED||Plot 5 Chief Yesefu Abiodun Way Oniru, Victoria Island Lagos|
|9||CP EXPRESS LIMITED||346 Barking Road London, E13 8HL|
|10||DT&T CORPORATION LIMITED||3 Harbour Exchange Square London E14 9GE|
|11||eTRANZACT LIMITED||4th & 5th Floors, Fortune Tower 27/29 Adeyemo Alakija Street Victoria Island Lagos|
|12||FIEM GROUP LLC DBA PING EXPRESS||1327, Empire Central Drive St. 110-6 Dallas Texas|
|13||FIRST APPLE INC.||6492 Landover Road Suite A1 Landover MD20785 Cheverly, USA|
|14||FLUTTERWAVE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS LIMITED||8 Providence Street, Lekki Phase 1 Lagos|
|15||FORTIFIED FRONTS LIMITED in Partnership with e-2-e PAY LIMITED||#15 Glover Road Ikoyi, Lagos|
|16||FUNDS & ELECTRONIC TRANSFER SOLUTION||No. 15, Cameron Road, Ikoyi, Lagos|
|17||FUNTECH GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS LIMITED||Clarendon House 125 Shenley Road Borehamwood Heartshire WD6 1AG United Kingdom|
|18||GLOBAL CURRENCY TRAVEL & TOURS LIMITED||1280 Ashton Old Road Manchester, M11 1JJ United Kingdom|
|19||HOMESEND S.C.R.L||Rue des Colonies 56, 6th Floor-B1000 Brussels Belgium|
|20||IDT PAYMENT SERVICES INC.||520 Broad Street USA|
|21||IMMUEUBLE WARI LIMITED||20 Rue Amadou Assane Ndoye 7 Etge BP 32 368 Dakar Dakar Senegal|
|22||INTERSWITCH LIMITED||Plot 1648C Oko-Awo Close Victoria Island Lagos|
|23||MAKEBA INC.||85, Broad Street, 18th FI New York, NY 10004|
|24||MONEYGRAM||Africa Re-Insurance Building 1679, Karimu Kotun Victoria Island, Lagos|
|25||NAIRA GRAM LLC operating in Nigeria as NGN GRAM LIMITED||24b Femi Okunnu Phase 2, Lekki Lagos State|
|26||NIGERIAN POSTAL SERVICE (NIPOST)||P.M.B 12537, Garki Abuja|
|27||NOUVEAU MOBILE LIMITED||c/o 31B Oyeleke Street Alausa Ikeja, Lagos|
|28||PAGATECH LIMITED||176 Herbert Macaulay Way Yaba, Lagos|
|29||PAYCOM NIGERIA LIMITED||Plot 8, Dr. Nurudeen Olowopopo Avenue Alausa, Lagos|
|30||PAYPAL INC.||#2211 North First Street San Jose, CA95131 United States of America|
|31||REMIT HUB CAFÉ LIMITED||175 Chesterton Road Cambridge, CB4 1AF United Kingdom|
|32||REMITLY INC.||111 Third Avenue Suite 2100 Seattle, WA 98101 United States|
|33||RIA FINANCIAL||1 Allées Seydou Nourou TALL POINT E Dakar – Senegal|
|34||SHIFT FINANCIAL SERVICES LIMITED||No.1 Goba Close (Suite 3), Off Monrovia Street Off Aminu Kano Crescent Wuse 2, Abuja|
|35||SIMPLIFY INTERNATIONAL SYNERGY LIMITED||No. 18, A-Close, 14 Road Gwarimpa, Abuja|
|36||SMALL WORLD FINANCIAL SERVICES GROUP LIMITED||Antonio Inesta Units 3&4 Sycamore Court Royal Oak Yard 168-170 Bermondsey Street SE1 3TQ, London|
|37||TCF LIMITED||2A Osborne Road Pees Galleria, Suite 4 Ikoyi, Lagos|
|38||TRANS-FAST REMITTANCE LLC||44 Wall Street, Suit 400 New York, NY10005 USA|
|39||TRANSFERTO MOBILE FINANCIAL SERVICES LIMITED (THUNES)||London Iron House London SE1 1UN United Kingdom|
|40||VENTURE GARDEN NIGERIA||Plot E, Ziatech Road Oregun, Ikeja Lagos|
|41||VOLOPA FINANCIAL SERVICES (SCOTLAND) LIMITED||Maclay Murray & Spens LLP 1 George Square, Glasgow, G2 1AL|
|42||VTNETWORK LIMITED||No.5 Beckley Street, Off Adeyi Avenue Old Bodija, Ibadan Oyo State|
|43||WEBLINK INTERNATIONAL LIMITED||The Enterprise Centre (Unit 1) Hastings Road, Bromley Kent BR2 8NA, London|
|44||WESTERN UNION||7th Floor, Shore 13 1100 Boulevard Al Qods-Quartier Sidi Maarouf 20270 Casablanca- Morocco|
|45||WORLDREMIT LIMITED||2nd Floor, 62 Buckingham Gate London SW1E 6AJ|
|46||XPRESS MONEY SERVICES LIMITED||Office #426, 1 Olympic Way Wembley HA9 ONP London, UK|
|47||XPRESS PAYMENT SOLUTIONS LIMITED||23, Oba Akinjobi Way Ikeja GRA Lagos|