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Transferring money out of South Africa, made simple

When you’re looking to transfer money out of South Africa, you deserve the best possible exchange rates, fees and personalised customer service. We offer all of these with every transfer. This ensures that your money transfers are as simple, convenient and cost-effective as possible. Use our currency converter tool to see how much you could be saving with every transfer.

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How much money can I transfer out of South Africa?

South Africa has strict foreign exchange controls that allow the South African Reserve Bank to keep track of the outflow and inflow of capital in South Africa. You can transfer a total of R11 million a year using your allowances.

Taxpayers over the age of 18 who are South African residents are eligible for the following allowances:

  • R1 million single discretionary allowance (no tax clearance required from SARS)
  • R10 million foreign investment allowance (tax clearance required from SARS)

We make transfers into and out of South Africa easy

Use an experienced broker to make your South African money transfers

Taking money out of South Africa can be complex; working with exchange control regulations and knowing how much money you can transfer out of South Africa requires expert knowledge and understanding.

We have years of industry experience, facilitating over 140,000 transactions for 60,000 registered clients each year, so we know how to make the process of transferring money internationally as convenient and cost-effective as possible.

We will ensure that your transfers are quick and hassle-free, no matter where you want to send them. What’s more, we will ensure that you remain compliant with South African exchange control regulations throughout any transfers you make.

If you are looking to transfer money out of South Africa and require a Foreign Tax Clearance Certificate, get in touch with one of our experienced brokers who will be happy to assist you through this process.

 

Our services include

 

 

Currency risk management and hedging strategies
 

Foreign investment allowance transfers
 

Discretionary allowance transfers *
 

Encashment of Retirement annuity and pension policies
 

Non-resident accounts
 

Money transfers into South Africa
 

Excellent exchange rates and low bank fees
 

Transferring Inheritances to beneficiaries overseas
 

Tax clearance applications
 

Trade finance

 

including foreign investment, gifts, travel, alimony and student fees
 

Let us answer your questions about transferring money out of South Africa

You may have some questions about transferring your hard-earned money, and we understand. You are right to want to know more about our service before you choose to transfer with us.

Below are the answers to the questions we get asked most regularly. If you still have questions after reading the FAQs below, you can contact our South African based team on +27 (0) 21 657 2153. If you’d rather keep things online, you can email forex@sableinternational.com and we’ll help you out.

1. Once registered, how long does it take to activate my account?

As soon as we have received a copy of your passport and proof of residential address (signed and dated by yourself), we will activate your account on the same business day.

If your remittance request exceeds £10,000 (or the equivalent in another currency), we will request a few additional documents.

2. How long does a transfer take to be processed?

Once we have received all the necessary documentation associated with the transaction and your funds have cleared in our client account, the converted funds will be credited to your nominated overseas account within one to three working days.

3. What are the minimum and maximum amounts that can be transferred?

There is no minimum or maximum amount when you transfer money online with us. There are, however, certain benefits to . To find out more about the benefits of sending larger amounts pop us an email, or give us a call, and tell us how much you’d like to send and we’ll walk you through the currency conversion process.

When transferring £10,000 (or foreign currency equivalent) or more in a single currency transaction, or £30,000 (or foreign currency equivalent) in a number of transactions over a 12-month rolling period, we require proof of “source of funds” as prescribed by international money laundering regulations.

4. What methods of payment can I use to transfer the funds to your account?

We accept internet banking payments and GBP denominated UK debit card payments. Your name and surname must be used as the reference when paying via internet banking. If a name and surname are not supplied, proof of payment must be emailed to us so we can allocate your funds for transfer.

6. What happens when I use internet banking as my preferred payment method?

If you have chosen internet banking as your preferred payment method to transfer money abroad, you will need to complete two stages to effect a transfer. Firstly, you will need to upload your transfer instruction onto our website. This tells us the amount of money, destination to which and date on which you want the funds to be sent. After this, you will have to log in to your internet banking account and transfer the requested amount to the relevant Sable International client account, using your name and surname as the payment reference.

The appropriate details for our client holding account will appear when you upload your transfer request on our website.

7. How can I be sure that my funds will be correctly allocated?

If you are using internet banking, it is imperative that you ensure that your funds will clear under your name and surname. If you use your name and surname as the payment reference, we will know that the funds are from you and we can process your transfer as soon as the funds clear.

If the funds will be clearing under a reference other than your own name and surname, please send an email to forex@sableinternational.com informing us as to what name the funds should clear under. Following these guidelines will decrease the likelihood of a delay.

8. Are there any hidden charges or receiving bank charges?

Not at all. One of the main advantages of using our money transfer service is that we charge a flat fee. You should also know that there are no receiving bank fees when you transfer to accounts in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Poland and Eurozone-based accounts.

9. How secure is the site?

Our site uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) 128-bit encryption to protect your transaction details. This 128-bit encryption is the latest and strongest data encryption technique commercially available for securing information between you, our client, and our website. SSL works by encrypting/scrambling data from our website to your computer.

The data is encrypted on our web server and can only be decrypted/unscrambled by the person with the correct decrypt/unscramble key. You can visually verify our site’s use of SSL in two places: The "s" in https in the site’s web address and by the padlock on the left-hand side of the address bar.

10. How can I be sure that my funds will be correctly allocated?

If you are using internet banking, it is imperative that you ensure that your funds will clear under your name and surname. If you use your name and surname as the payment reference, we will know that the funds are from you and we can process your transfer as soon as the funds clear.

If the funds will be clearing under a reference other than your own name and surname, please send an email to forex@sableinternational.com, informing us as to what name the funds should clear under. Following these guidelines will decrease the likelihood of a delay.

11. What are the requirements of a registered Money Service Business?

The law requires us to monitor any unusual or suspicious transactions of any size taking place where we have reason to believe the money is derived from illegal activity. We will report any suspicious international money transfers to the authorities.

The law also requires us to keep full records of all transactions, together with copies of identification provided. We are unable to process any transaction where this information is withheld. Proof of address and proof of funds may be required in certain cases – please see our “know your customer” guidelines for more information.

12. How secure is the site?

Our site uses Secure Socket Layer (SSL) 128 bit encryption to protect your transaction details. This 128 bit encryption is the latest and strongest data encryption technique commercially available for securing information between you, our client, and our website.

SSL works by encrypting/scrambling data from our website to your computer.  The data is encrypted on our web server and can only be decrypted/unscrambled by the person with the correct decrypt/unscramble key. You can visually verify our site’s use of SSL in two places: The "s" in https in the site’s web address and by the padlock on the left hand side of the address bar.

 

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South Africa

Cape Town

Regent Square
Doncaster Road
Kenilworth 7708 +27 (0) 21 657 2120

Durban

201 The Annex
Ridgeside Office Park
Umhlanga +27 (0) 31 536 8843

United Kingdom

London

Castlewood House
77/91 New Oxford Street
WC1A 1DG +44 (0) 20 7759 7514

Croydon

5-7 Selsdon Road
South Croydon
CR2 6PU +44 (0) 20 7759 7581

Australia

Melbourne

9 Yarra Street
South Yarra
VIC 3141 +613 (0) 8651 4500

Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 7070528) registered in England and Wales. Sable International is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Conduct Authority in South Africa (FSP no. 41900) and holds an Australian Financial Services License issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (AFS License number 335 126).

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