Sending money to South Sudan may be as easy as sending money elsewhere on paper, but it is one of the hardest countries to send money to right now. Your options are effectively limited to Western Union, as it’s often the only reasonable option available in much of South Sudan.
The situation in South Sudan is made worse by the fact that most international money transfer services simply don’t have enough access to the South Sudanese Pound.
Western Union has agents in Central Equatoria and Western Bar El Gazal, in Juba and Wau, respectively.
The current exchange rate for the South Sudanese Pound (SSP) is SSP per American Dollar (USD) as of the time this was written.
The fastest way to send money to South Sudan is through Western Union’s fast option. With Western Union’s fast option, you can expect your money to reach its South Sudanese destination in a matter of hours, if not minutes. Cash pickups are the fastest and easiest method to organize, and there are pickup locations in both Juba and Wau.
The main downside to Western Union’s fast option is the fact that it is very expensive. If you’re not in a rush, the slow option offered by Western Union is far more affordable.
Western Union’s slow option offers you cheaper rates. There will be a lower upfront fee you must pay with every transaction, but this isn’t the pricier part of the deal. Western Union makes more money on hidden currency conversion markups.
Western Union is also an easy service to use if you need to send money to South Sudan. The easiest way to send money is to arrange a cash pickup, which is also the fastest method.
At this point, it should be no surprise that Western Union is the best option for sending money to South Sudan. This is primarily due to a lack of serious competition in South Sudan. That being said, Western Union is a tried and tested company that delivers money across the globe. Using Western Union to send money to South Sudan shouldn’t present any significant difficulties.
Jonathan is the founder and editor of MoneyTransfers.com. Jonathan is highly experienced in the currency transfer market, having previously worked in the FX trading industry, alongside being an avid traveller. Using his knowledge he identified a need for transparency and further education to help people save money on their money transfers, leading to the creation of MoneyTransfers.com