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We focus on finding the most important topics for expats living in different countries around the world and turn them into simple, digestible and informative guides for our users. We provide impartial advice on a range of issues and challenges expats face regularly and cover everything from cost of living through to tax implications.

Having access to funds as an expat requires different considerations than what you are used to in your home country. You need to figure out the local limitations and differences to manage your finances effectively. Whether you are buying property or paying for a wedding, there are money transfer companies and tax laws to consider.

We are here to hold your hand throughout the process of figuring out how to best send money internationally as an expat. We provide a choice of money transfer companies and present different use cases that require sending money. Finally, information is provided on what expats should know about a country before moving there. 

Expat banking

Many expats decide to open bank accounts when moving to live in a different country. The first thing you should consider is if you can legally open an account. Some countries require you to have residency or a particular visa to open a bank account. 

You also need to determine the top banks that operate in a country. Choosing a popular bank gives you access to more branches and ATMs in that country. This can help you save money on fees because withdrawals from a bank’s official ATM may be free of charge. 

Alternatively, you can choose an international bank that offers services worldwide. These have branches in countries across all continents. However, do not expect the same number of branches as banks native to that country. 

How to Open a Bank Account Overseas
Overseas bank accounts serve a multitude of people and purposes, and it is not just expats who need to access funds in foreign accounts. Due to the growth of international immigration, tourism, trade and commerce, money transfers are made all over the globe everyday, and an increasing number of people open bank accounts overseas to support these cross-border payments.
A Guide to International Bank Transfers for Expats
How do I make an international bank transfer? An international bank transfer refers to the process of sending money from a bank account in one country, to another bank account in a different country. A wire transfer is something slightly different; read our Guide to Wire Transfers to learn more.  An international bank transfer will […]
Best International Bank For Expats
Some banks offer international bank accounts that are specifically for people living away from their home country, while other non-bank institutions offer a digital approach to wiring money internationally that means fewer fees and more versatility with moving your money across borders. In this guide, we’ve reviewed some of the best international banks for expats […]

Sending money abroad as an expat

Sending money abroad means you need to consider factors that you would have never thought about back home. This includes:

  • Where the get the best conversion rate for your home and local currency
  • What transfer methods allows me to save fees when sending money internationally
  • What transfer companies have fantastic customer service that can help me in a pinch
  • What transfer methods are the fastest in an emergency
  • What transfer caps exist, and will they be enough to pay for living expenses

The good news is that transferring money is now easier than ever before with the horde of top-tier transfer providers. Services such as Wise, TorFx, Xe, and WorldRemit offer many advantages that expats need to manage their finances abroad. They offer an extensive network of countries, competitive transfer fees, match the mid-market rate, and provide fast processing times. 

Guide to Moving to and Living in Canada
Canada, the often-overlooked North American neighbour of the United States, is hugely popular with expats from all over the globe. Despite its reputation for being very cold and sparsely populated, it is a welcoming and hospitable country, from the East to the West. This Expat guide will provide an overview of what to expect when making the move to the Great White North, as well as what is required to live there and how best to handle your finances when living overseas in Canada.
Expats: United Kingdom Remittances
Sending money to expats in the UK has been made easy thanks to the numerous money transfer companies that specialise in these types of remittances. In this Expats guide we outline everything you need to know about sending money to the UK including the various advantages of specialist international transfer providers.
Living In
this helpful hub page provides an overview of what expats should be thinking about when using a money transfer service in the country in which they are living. You will learn about the importance of figuring out tax laws, how to send money, and the process of choosing a top-tier money transfer service.
How to Transfer Money Online as an Expat
What you need to know Different types of financial services are set up to solve different customer problems. Some are designed for individuals, while others focus on the requirements of business owners. Some are the best fit for those making domestic money transfers, while others offer better rates for international transfers in exotic currencies. Some […]
Money Transfers for Expats
We explore why sending money overseas can be costly and the different money transfer options for expats to save money.

Living abroad

There is a lot to consider about the country an expat will move to for an extended period. This helps you plan ahead of time and assess your financial needs more easily. Once you know how much money is required per month to live in a country, then you can choose an appropriate specialist transfer provider to accommodate your needs. 

Our expat guides on living abroad cover topics such as lifestyle, weather, transportation, healthcare, education system, banking system, renting and buying real estate, and the top places to live. They are worth reading to find out what adventure you are getting yourself into. Once you have a clearer picture, then you can make arrangements to support yourself financially while you are there with an industry-leading money transfer service.

British Expats in the United States
This helpful guide shares what British expats living in the United States need to know about sending money. It will help you learn about getting the best FX rates, reduce transfer times, and get quick processing speeds. We also share a few of the top money transfer services for sending money from the UK to the US.
British Expats Guide
Living In Sweden
This informative guide shares what expats should know about living in Sweden. Our comprehensive guide provides information about getting a visa, the healthcare system, banking, education, and the transport system. Also, read to the end to learn about the top places to live as an expat in Sweden.
Living In Portugal
This helpful guide shares what expats need to know about living in Portugal. You will learn why Portugal is an amazing place to live with beautiful beaches, a welcoming culture, and an affordable cost of living. We have covered everything from the local climate, top places to live, cost of living, and how to send money to your account in Portugal.
Living In Bahrain
this guide is an overview of what expats should expect when moving to Bahrain. Located in Western Asia, it offers a unique way of living and a growing expat population. We share details such as visas, climate, healthcare, banking system, transport links, and lifestyle.
Guide to Moving to and Living in Canada
Canada, the often-overlooked North American neighbour of the United States, is hugely popular with expats from all over the globe. Despite its reputation for being very cold and sparsely populated, it is a welcoming and hospitable country, from the East to the West. This Expat guide will provide an overview of what to expect when making the move to the Great White North, as well as what is required to live there and how best to handle your finances when living overseas in Canada.
Living In
this helpful hub page provides an overview of what expats should be thinking about when using a money transfer service in the country in which they are living. You will learn about the importance of figuring out tax laws, how to send money, and the process of choosing a top-tier money transfer service.
Guide to Moving to and Living in Japan as an Expat
Japan promises unique and exciting experiences to expats from all over the world. Whether you’re moving here to work, study, or for an extended stay, there are plenty of experiences to be had in this diverse, modern country steeped in history and culture. We’re covering everything you need to know to prepare yourself for life as an expat in Japan.
Guide to Moving to and Living in Germany as an Expat
Moving to Germany Expat Guide Germany is an exciting and affordable place to live, with many expats from the EU and the rest of the world choosing to settle down here either for a couple of years for employment, or to simply enjoy living in one of Europe’s most populous countries. Germany is known for […]
Guide to Moving to and Living in the USA as an Expat
Moving to USA Expat Guide The USA is a popular destination for expats to move to and, as the land of opportunities, it lives up to its name as really offering something for everyone. Roughly the size of Europe, the USA is home to a vast array of different landscapes, climates, cultures, and cities.  Moving […]
Living in China: A Guide to Moving to and Living in China as an Expat
Moving to China Expat Guide Moving to China as a foreigner can present a number of challenges for expats. The country is known for having a long and proud cultural history spanning thousands of years, and the cultural differences expats experience when living in China can be a huge shock at first and difficult to […]
A Guide to Moving and Living Abroad in Bahrain as an Expat
Moving to Bahrain Expat Guide Bahrain is an archipelago of over 30 islands, the main three of which are linked by bridges and causeways. The largest island, Bahrain Island, can be driven across in around half an hour, so this small country is easy to get familiar with quickly. Bahrain is known to be one […]
Guide to Living and Moving to Costa Rica as an Expat
Moving to Costa Rica Expat Guide Located in Central America, Costa Rica borders Nicaragua and Panama and connects North and South America. The country has is known for having no army and a stable, democratic government and solid economy, with a generally positive and easy-going way of life. Whether you’re seeking adventure, city life, or […]
Guide to Living and Moving To Indonesia as an Expat
Moving to Indonesia Expat Guide Indonesia consists of more than seventeen thousand islands, including Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi, and Bali – a tourist and expat favourite for it’s laid-back way of life, beautiful beaches, and trendy eateries. Indonesia remains a popular destination for expats looking to work or retire abroad, offering a diverse range of cultures […]
A Guide to Moving and Living Abroad as an Expat in Spain
Spain’s popularity with expats is largely due to its warm climate, low cost of living, and laid-back lifestyle, while others like the abundance of restaurants, bars, and activities to be found amongst tourist hotspots. If you’re thinking about moving to Spain, there are a number of factors to consider. From making sure you have the […]
A Guide To Moving And Living Abroad in Mexico as an Expat
Moving to Mexico Expat Guide Types of Visas When Moving to Mexico The type of visa you will need to move to Mexico really depends on how long you are planning on staying, and whether you are working in the country or not. A standard tourist ‘visa’ permits you to stay in the country for […]
A Guide To Moving And Living Abroad As An Expat In France
Moving to France Expat Guide France has a population of approximately 67 million, with the Île-de-France Greater Paris region accounting for over 18% of France’s total population. Of that population, there are estimated to be over 6 million foreign residents living in France, many of whom come from elsewhere within the EU.  Of course, Paris […]
Living and Working in the UK as an Expat
Moving to the UK from abroad is a major decision with a number of factors to take into account. The UK can be an expensive place to live, but that really depends on where you are moving to. London may have the most job opportunities, but the UK is also home to a number of […]
Thai Expat’s Guide to Living in the UK
If you've moved to the UK from Thailand, we help you save money in your everyday life and when transferring money home.

Getting married abroad

Many couples choose to get married abroad to create a memorable experience. But, first, you need to figure out the costs of getting married abroad. Our guide provides information about the average cost of getting married worldwide. 

We also share details of how you can save money. This includes shopping around, using forward contracts to lock in exchange rates, watching out for hidden fees, and selecting a money transfer company that charges low fees & a small exchange rate margin. 

The top destinations for getting married abroad include Antigua, Mauritius, Los Cabos, Saint Lucia, and Bali. Getting funds to each of those destinations with a competitive money transfer is cost-effective and straightforward. 

Expats: Getting Married
If you are looking to exchange vows surrounded by your closest family and friends in a private stunning location, getting married abroad can give you an unforgettable experience. Many people dream about the most stunning and romantic locations for years and living out the fantasy is the perfect way to start your new life with your partner.

Retiring abroad

There are many reasons to retire abroad. It provides a change of pace, and it can be the start of a new chapter in old age. However, you need to bring your pension money with you to pay for living expenses. Therefore, it is best to send your pension abroad with a money transfer provider because you can save money on fees and receive competitive FX rates. Also, the transfer time is fast, so you do not have to wait long to receive funds. 

Retire Abroad
This hub page for expats that retire abroad is a good starting point. It will help you understand what tax considerations need to be made and choose a top-tier money transfer service. Furthermore, we share what you need to research about the country where you are moving. Finally, read the entire page to get a balanced overview of what you need to have your finances organized.
Receiving Pension Abroad
Receiving your pension as an expat does not need to be complicated. We provide all the retirement options for UK expats, to keep it simple.

Remittance guides

Considering remittance, whether you are an expat or want to send money to an expat, allows you to get the best deal. Our remittance guides provide helpful information on buying property abroad, receiving a pension, and helping you understand how the process works. 

Retire Abroad
This hub page for expats that retire abroad is a good starting point. It will help you understand what tax considerations need to be made and choose a top-tier money transfer service. Furthermore, we share what you need to research about the country where you are moving. Finally, read the entire page to get a balanced overview of what you need to have your finances organized.
A Guide to Buying Property In Spain
Spain is an extremely popular destination for expats, with thousands of Brits opting to move overseas for the sunny weather, laid back way of life, and beautiful landscapes Spain offers. One of the biggest appeals Spain has to offer is that there really is something for everyone: whether you’re looking for a chic apartment in […]
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What is remittance and what are remittance payments? The term ‘remittance’ comes from the word ‘remit or ‘to send back,’ and so ‘remittance payments’ refers to the amount of money transferred from one person to another – usually in that person’s home country. The term is primarily used in the context of international payments – […]
Receiving Pension Abroad
Receiving your pension as an expat does not need to be complicated. We provide all the retirement options for UK expats, to keep it simple.

Buying property abroad

You may want to have your own property abroad as an expat. It provides more control over your living standards and the security of being in a foreign country. Our guides share details of what you need to know about buying property abroad. This includes information on the details of buying a house, property inspection, getting an agent, understanding taxes, signing the contract, and how to transfer money to pay for real estate. 

We also provide guides on how to buy property in specific countries. For instance, you can read our guide on buying property in Spain to learn the intricacies of the process. These guides will help you understand the local challenges you will need to face to purchase real estate. 

A Guide to Buying Property In Spain
Spain is an extremely popular destination for expats, with thousands of Brits opting to move overseas for the sunny weather, laid back way of life, and beautiful landscapes Spain offers. One of the biggest appeals Spain has to offer is that there really is something for everyone: whether you’re looking for a chic apartment in […]
Buying Property Abroad
Have an insight into the procedure of buying a house abroad and how to save money in the process.

Staying up to date with expat news

Our team of professional writers will keep you updated on any changes to the regulations, fees and will keep you updated with other money transfer news. Here are some topics you might be interested in to stay updated:

Other expat guides

This section includes links to random guides and listicles that provide helpful information for expats. For example, check out our top blogs lists for various countries. Reading these blogs allows you to get the lay of the land before you arrive. You will also find lists of the top removal companies and car shipping companies to help you move.

Guide to Moving to and Living in Canada
Canada, the often-overlooked North American neighbour of the United States, is hugely popular with expats from all over the globe. Despite its reputation for being very cold and sparsely populated, it is a welcoming and hospitable country, from the East to the West. This Expat guide will provide an overview of what to expect when making the move to the Great White North, as well as what is required to live there and how best to handle your finances when living overseas in Canada.
Living In
this helpful hub page provides an overview of what expats should be thinking about when using a money transfer service in the country in which they are living. You will learn about the importance of figuring out tax laws, how to send money, and the process of choosing a top-tier money transfer service.
Top 20 Italy Expat Blogs
Italy is a nation-state in Southern Europe where many expatriated people choose to settle, whether it be to study, work or retire. The country is known for its iconic historical sites, globally revered gastronomy and favourable Mediterranean weather; but there is a lot more to Italy than these well-known attributes. In our Top 20 guide to Italy Expat Blogs we will be exploring the different types of lives led by expats who have chosen to emigrate to Italy. 
Top 10 International Car Shipping Companies
Moving abroad can be costly and complicated, and if you are taking your car with you, the costs and complications can feel like they’re multiplying. In the interest of simplifying the process of relocating overseas, car in tow, we have put together this list of the Top 10 International Car Shipping Companies.
Top 10 International Removals Companies
Organising a move can be stressful enough, so uprooting to an entirely new country altogether comes with its own unique obstacles. Whether you are moving your family, your business or on your own, there are a lot of things to consider. To make matters easier we have put together a comprehensive list of the Top 10 International Removals Companies, in the hope we can alleviate some of the stress.
Top 30 Asia Expat Blogs
Many of our readers discover MoneyTransfers.com during the research phase of planning a trip or move overseas. For this reason, we write our expat guides with our readers in mind, providing as much useful information as possible on areas relating to not only finances – such as international money transfers and foreign exchange – but also practical advice relating to overseas adventures. Here we have carefully hand-picked 30 Asia travel blogs written by a string of worldly expats, in the hopes that they will prove insightful, educational and entertaining for our readers.
Top 15 Germany Expat Blogs
Have you been thinking about making the move to Germany recently? Known as a modern, diverse country with a strong economy, excellent public infrastructure, and home to so much more great food than just Bratwurst and beer (although there’s nothing wrong with either of those!), Germany is an increasingly popular destination for expats.
Top 10 Latin America Expat Blogs
The countries that make up Latin America are a natural choice for would-be expats. With low costs of living, pleasant climates, and diverse landscapes, expats of all backgrounds are guaranteed to find a way of life that suits them – but where to even begin?
Top 20 France Expat Blogs
Life as an expat can be an exciting adventure, offering up new life experiences and opportunities that you would never encounter at home. However, it can also be difficult to adjust to life in a country where you don’t speak the local language and aren’t completely sure where to go and what to see. The […]
Top 25 Blogs from US Expats
There are an estimated 9 million Americans living abroad, with people from all different backgrounds leaving their US roots behind to build a new life overseas. As a result, you can find American expatriates all over the world, with thriving expat communities who can help you through those first daunting steps as an international traveller. […]
Expats
Having access to funds as an expat requires different considerations than what you are used to in your home country. You need to figure out the local limitations and differences to manage your finances effectively. Whether you are buying property or paying for a wedding, there are money transfer companies and tax laws to consider. […]
Top 20 Blogs From UK Expats
An estimated 5.5 million British people live abroad permanently, creating hubs of UK expats all over the world. While COVID-19 and fears over freedom of movement being impacted due to Brexit may have slowed down the emigration of Brits in the past year or so, moving abroad to seek greener pastures is certainly still on […]
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