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Money Transfers to the United Kingdom

Money Transfers to the United Kingdom

You have several options for transferring funds to friends or loved ones in need in the United Kingdom.  MoneyGram and Western Union operate throughout the United States and United Kingdom. There are several money collection locations at the London-area airports.

Wiring Funds via MoneyGram

Depositors in the United States

Depositors who have a major credit or debit card with a sufficient limit can transfer funds on the same day, typically carried out in 10 minutes. Depositors can also transfer funds through a bank account which takes 3 business days. A transfer fee will be deducted from the amount deposited. The depositor can go to the nearest MoneyGram office in the U.S., or via the MoneyGram website: secure.moneygram.com.

Recipient in the United Kingdom

Recipient must visit a MoneyGram agent location to pick up a money transfer. MoneyGram pick-up points are located throughout London and in every major city in the U.K.

Important note: Recipient will need the reference number the depositor was given when the money was transferred in order to collect the funds, in addition to a photo ID. Therefore, two calls will be required to the depositor – one to request funds, and one to request the reference number provided by MoneyGram to the depositor.

If you do not have any photo identification, obtain a police report to present to MoneyGram (and to the Embassy when replacing your passport, if needed). During the Embassy’s business hours, you should first come to the Embassy and submit an application for a new passport, if needed. You will be issued with a letter from the Embassy stating that we are processing a passport application for you. This letter, along with the police report, should allow you to retrieve the funds sent to you, although the final decision will rest with the MoneyGram agent.

MoneyGram office closest to the Embassy is:

Post Office - Mayfair                                                                                     32A Grosvenor Street,                                                                               London, W1K 4PA

 Map to MoneyGram

 

 

 

MoneyGram airport office locations:

Heathrow: Terminal 1 Airside Arrivals Baggage Reclaim

                 Terminal 2 Post Office

                 Terminal 3 Baggage Reclaim

                 Terminal 5 Landside Arrivals South

Gatwick:    North Terminal Baggage Hall

Stansted:  Check-in Zone A Departures Hall Landside

                 Check-in Zone F Departures Hall

 

Wiring funds via Western Union

Depositors in the United States

Depositors who have a major credit card with a sufficient limit can phone Western Union at 1-800-325-6000.  Otherwise, the depositor can go to the nearest Western Union office in the U.S. and deposit cash, or transfer via the Western Union website:  www.westernunion.com.  A transfer fee will be deducted from the amount deposited. 

Recipient in the United Kingdom

Recipient must call the Western Union Central Computer Network on 0800-833-833 (toll free in the UK) to confirm receipt of funds and the address of the closest Western Union agent. To place a collect call (or “reverse the charge” as it is known in the United Kingdom) to the United States, dial 155. Western Union pick-up points are located throughout London and in every major city in the U.K. Money can usually be collected within 30 minutes of the stateside transaction.

Recipient will need a Western Union “control number” (confirmation number) to collect the funds, in addition to photo ID, so two calls will be required to the depositor – one, to request funds, two, to request the control number provided by Western Union to the depositor. If the depositor does not stay on the line with Western Union long enough to confirm the credit card transaction and obtain the Money Transfer Control Number, the transfer may take up to four hours to reach the United Kingdom.  

If you do not have any photo identification, obtain a police report to present to Western Union (and to the Embassy when replacing your passport, if needed). During the Embassy’s business hours, you should first come to the Embassy and submit an application for a new passport, if needed. You will be issued with a letter from the Embassy stating that we are processing a passport application for you. This letter, along with the police report, should allow you to retrieve the funds sent to you, although the final decision will rest with the Western Union agent.

Western Union closest to the Embassy is:

The Money Shop/Western Union                                                                   4 Marble Arch,                                                                                             London, W1H 7EJ                                                                                       (Next to McDonalds)                                                                                    

Telephone: 020 7734 2503

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Airport Locations for Money Collection

Heathrow: 

  • American Express, Terminals 3 and 4, 1st floor Departures, Tel: +44 (0)20-8759-4221
  • Exchange International, Terminals 1, 2, and 3, next to Underground exit, Tel: +44(0)20-8759-6829

Gatwick:

  • TTT Money Corp.; North Terminal at check-in, departures lounge lower level and mezzanine, and baggage claim, Tel: +44(0)12-9356-8687
  • South Terminal at check-in, trains exit, departures lounge upper and lower, Tel: +44 (0)12-9356-8689

Stansted: 

  • TTT Money Corp., check-in, departures lounge, baggage reclaim, and Satellite 3, Tel: +44(0)12-7968-1512