PayPal money transfer internationally

Anyone know if Paypal works internaltionally?

My cousin needs to send me money from Israel to US.   Would it work using Friends & Family option w/o fees?

If it doesn't work this way.  What are the other options to transfer w/o fees.  Around $1000.

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Tiras25Author Commented:
Looks like 1% fee Friends & Family option if you have a PayPal or a Bank balance.  And 3.9% if using a credit card.  

Any other way to transfer money internationally to US?
Western Union, Money Gram

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Tiras25Author Commented:
Thanks Viki.  Looks like WU/MG charge about 4.5 to 5%.  Wonder if there other options?
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
if you could setup a new account in USD in Israel, i guess the transfer should be no charge though there might be a fee for withdrawing the fund back to your US bank account.
Tiras25Author Commented:
Thaks Bing.  So I think that would have to be the exact same Bank in both countries.   For example Bank of America in US and Bank of America in Israel.  I don't think there is one though.
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
i don't think that is necessary.

BTW, banks in different countries are different banks, it doesn't help more if you transfer money between them. e.g. HSBC has branches in most countries and i never had a free international transfer with them.
Tiras25Author Commented:
Thanks again Bing.  Looks like PayPal is the lowest fees.

Have you heard about Kiwi bank transfers?
bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
sorry no. but i do know Kiwi refers to New Zealand things. :)
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
Kiwibank or Kiwi banks (banks in New Zealand)?

Kiwibank is just another bank in New Zealand.  

You can transfer money to banks in New Zealand or the other way around (transfer money out of New Zealand).  For overseas transactions between different accounts you need to know the account number you are transferring to and the SWIFT code.

Examples of SWIFT codes for New Zealand are here

All banks charge fees for currency transfer.
Tiras25Author Commented:
Got it. Thanks.
   So no other ways to lower fees.
Kyle SantosSoftware Test Analyst ICommented:
Western Union, Money Gram
Although I have used Western Union in the past, these two companies are heavily used by scammers.  eg Craigslist is rife with scammers who use those companies.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
There may be up to three fees involved in such transactions.  Two banks so there are two currency charges there.  The currency charges are usually a percentage on the amount concerned.  And there is usually a transaction fee at the originating bank.


So, yes, you are going to get screwed by the banks.
Tiras25Author Commented:
Thanks again!  So I guess the PayPal Friends & Family option is the best.  1% fees with Bank or PayPal balance.  3.9% with Credit Card.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
You'll still get the currency fees (exchange rate).

If the transaction fee is 1% (I haven't checked the Fees section) then that isn't too bad on a thousand dollars.
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