What will this guide cover?
Hola! Here at The Currency Shop, we know how many people travel and move between New Zealand and Spain. Consequently, people need to be transferring money to Spain. This could be because you have loved ones, businesses, or residences to support. Therefore getting the most bang for your buck when transferring money overseas is important. There is a huge number of choices you are offered when it comes to transferring money, so the decision can be daunting. That’s why we’ve put together a guide below of all the options.
This guide will cover reasons why you might transfer money and the recommended methods, as well as your general options to transfer money to Spain:
- Personal transfer – sending money to family or friends in Spain
- Business transfer
- Buying or selling a property in Spain
- Studying Overseas
- General costs of sending money to Spain
- Your options to send money to Spain
- Information you’ll need for the transfer
- General information
Transferring money to France? While the currency is the same, there are other factors to consider. Read our article about it here. Alternatively, if you are making a trip to Spain, you can read up on how to save money when travelling in Spain.
Personal transfer from New Zealand to Spain
You can set up a personal transfer from New Zealand to Spain through a number of methods:
- Use your bank: All New Zealand banks will support the Euro (EUR), however, they will charge you a high international transfer fee, as well as an uncompetitive exchange rate.
- Use money transfer companies: These companies will offer you a better exchange rate and lower fees. Here are some providers that transfer money from New Zealand to France:
Our recommendation is OFX due to great value on transfers between NZD and EUR.
Business transfer from New Zealand to Spain
If your business is sending money to Spain from New Zealand, there are two critical factors you must consider when finding the best option:
- The exchange rate margin: This is the difference between the wholesale exchange rate (www.xe.com) and the rate you will get.
- Business products they offer such as forward exchange contracts, foreign currency accounts and limit orders.
You can use any of the money transfer companies listed above if you wish. Our choice for business transfers to Spain is HiFX. Their exchange rates and zero fee structure will allow you to maximise your overseas receipts or payments. They also offer Foreign Currency Accounts. These are helpful if you would like to hold the funds in a foreign currency and exchange them at a favourable time.
Buying or selling property in Spain
If you are looking to buy a property in Spain, or have sold your property in Spain and need to send the money back to New Zealand, we recommend that you look for a provider that has a strong presence in both countries. This will give you support on either end, as well as the flexibility you may need leading up to the settlement.
Our choice would be TorFX for property settlement transfers, as you are assigned a local account manager that will be licensed in New Zealand and have a strong global support network to guide you when needed.
As much as we would like them to, tuition fees aren’t getting any cheaper. Annual payments to universities or other education providers, along with all other expenses, can really add up abroad. As these payments can be large, you need to know the best method of payment before moving your funds.
- For larger payments, you should keep a keen eye on the exchange rate you’re getting as this will largely affect the amount of money you will get in the foreign currency at the end.
- For smaller payments, you should keep an eye on the transfer fees.
General costs for sending money to Spain
Calculating the costs can be difficult, as nearly all fees, charges and exchange rates are dependent on how much are you sending and the method of sending and receiving the funds. The most common fees are as follows:
- A transfer fee
- Exchange rate margin: the different you pay between the wholesale exchange rate on xe.com and the rate you actually get.
- Bank fees: The fees that your bank will charge for sending the money to the correct account overseas.
- Receiving bank fees: The fees the receiving bank will charge you for converting into the correct currency.
Your options to send money to Spain
There are various methods of sending money to Spain:
Via your bank
Using your bank is an easy and quick way to transfer fees and depending on your bank, the money can normally be sent successfully within 3-5 business days depending on your bank. Generally, banks will have uncompetitive exchange rates which make them unattractive if you’re sending large amounts of money abroad.
Check with your bank and research the fees and exchange rates based on the amount you plan to send over.
Paypal is a convenient and highly popular way of transferring money abroad. It’s also by far the quickest with transfers sometimes being completed within minutes. It is great for smaller amounts (under $1000NZD). Even though the exchange rate is equal to those of banks, the fees are slightly less. It’s particularly handy if you are paying from your own Paypal account directly into another.
To find out how long it takes to make an international money transfer, click here.
A money transfer company
There are an overwhelming amount of money transfer companies out there. In general, these companies are your best option when transferring larger amounts of money (anything between $1000 – $1,000,000NZD). Different companies will have various minimum and maximum amounts set, and the transfer itself will usually take around 1 business day longer than banks or Paypal.
You will need to create an account with the company before sending the money – you can do this online:
- Register your details on the website – you will likely need I.D handy
- Account needs to then be approved, and you’ll get your login details
- Enter the bank details of where you are sending the money i.e. the ‘Beneficiary’ or ‘Recipient’
- You will get a quote based on the fees and exchange rate for sending the money
- If you are happy, confirm the details including the given rate.
Information you’ll need for the transfer
You’ll need the details of the bank account you are sending the money to i.e. the Beneficiary or Recipient details. These details will be:
- Account name of your Recipient
- Their address
- SWIFT code
The Swift codes for the biggest banks in Spain:
There are pros and cons to every method of payment you choose. Paypal and money transfer companies like Western Union are your fastest options, with transfers being completed within minutes. Paypal will not offer a competitive exchange rate, but it is arguably very convenient. Banks will take 1-2 business days and other money transfers companies will take roughly 2-3.
Check the details of your chosen method, as all will have their own restrictions, fees and charges. Banks and Paypal will not have a minimum amount, but most money transfer companies will.
Nicola studies languages at The University of Auckland, and is completing her last year of study in Spain. When Nicola first flew out, she took a lot of her funds in cash but after a couple of weeks, unfortunately, had the cash stolen. Although her parents helped her by sending money through Western Union, Nicola had to quickly think of a way to affordably and securely transfer her NZD to EUR.
After setting up a bank account in Spain, Nicola heard from a friend that there was a new app that had competitive exchange rates and low fees that allowed her to transfer internationally. She downloaded TransferWise onto her iPhone, and found that with its handy ‘local bank transfers’, she avoided currency conversion costs too! Bonus! Nicola could now concentrate hard on her studies… and of course sunbathing on the beach!