Whether you're sending money to a child studying or travelling overseas, to your family back home in Belfast or you're paying for a craft you've ordered online, you've got options to transfer the funds. Understand that you can only transfer money on business days, so don't delay if someone you love needs cash. Choose the best option based on your needs, and understand that sending money to Belfast is not cheap.
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Send money via Western Union for fast delivery. The United States Department of State recommends this when time is of the essence. Find a Western Union office near you, or send funds via telephone or online. When you send money over the telephone or Internet, you can pay with a credit card. If you're sending from one Western Union office to another, you need to specify a receiving office in Belfast. Choose from the list provided by In Your Pocket.
Send a personal check or money order via postal mail if you don't need to get the funds to Belfast quickly. The United States Postal Service offers one-to-three day, three-to-five day or six-to-10 day delivery speeds to Belfast, Ireland. Write out the personal check or money order to your relative, package it in an envelope and send it in a shipping mailer from your branch post office. You will need to complete a customs label to send it.
Transfer money directly to your friend's bank with an international bank wire transfer. You do not have to belong to the bank, but your friend needs to have an account to be able to access funds. Foreign Born notes that fees range from £26 (for bank customers) to £42 (for non-customers). Pay the amount you want to send to Belfast in cash; the funds are transferred right away.
Tips and warnings
- Consider using PayPal to send funds from your computer. You can transfer funds to a friend or loved one as long as you know the e-mail address associated with their PayPal account.
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