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GBP Transfers

Here you'll find everything you need to know about sending to and from British Pounds.

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Payments to GBP

Basic Information   Notes
TransferWise Fee See pricing page We have tailored pricing for transfers from GBP, so you can check the cost of your transfer on our pricing page.

You can also see how we work out our fees.
Delivery time* Same working day *After payout. Please keep in mind that TransferWise can take up to two working days to convert your money after receiving it. Please also note that payments sent out after 5pm UK time may not arrive until the following working day, depending on the receiving bank. We are part of the faster payments network and therefore will not send out CHAPS payments. 

If you’re sending money to GBP and pay with debit or credit card or your TransferWise borderless account, we'll often be able to deliver your transfer in seconds.
Maximum amount
(per transfer)
Countries we can send to UK only* *Including Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, and Gibraltar. (providing account IBAN begins with GB. If your Gibraltar IBAN begins with GI, please use sort code and account number instead). 
Additional Receiving Banking Fees None  
Required Details    
Recipient Full Name Yes When sending to individuals, please include first name and surname
Recipient Account Number OR IBAN Yes Account number 8 numbers long, a UK IBAN should be 22 characters long (letters and numbers) and begin with GB
Recipient sort code OR SWIFT/BIC code Yes Sort code is 6 numbers, SWIFT/BIC code is 8-11 characters (letters and numbers)
Amount Lock Transfers Yes The currency you're sending from must also be able to send fixed amounts. Please see our other currency FAQs more information
Guaranteed Rate Yes You'll get a guaranteed rate when sending to GBP from most of our currencies (excluding BRL, CHF, and CZK). This will last for 24 or 48 hours depending on your sending currency. Learn more here.
Reference Yes up to 16 characters

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Payments from GBP

Please note: We cannot receive deposits from third party payment providers. Examples include: Monese, Payoneer, Stripe and Paypal.
Basic Information   Notes
TransferWise fee See pricing page We have tailored pricing for transfers from GBP, so you can check the cost of your transfer on our pricing page.

You can also see how we work out our fees, and a more specific explanation of our GBP fees.
Time for deposit to reach TransferWise Usually in seconds, sometimes up to 2 hours Deposits from GBP are received 24/7. We are part of the faster payments network, so there is no need to send CHAPS payments.
Types of transfers Low cost transfer
Fast and easy transfer
Advanced transfer
We offer three types of transfers: low cost, fast and easy, and Advanced. Because they all have different benefits, they cost different amounts, too.

Check the pricing calculator to understand the fees for your transfer. 
Additional sending fees No Providing the funds are sent from a standard (not offshore) UK GBP account
Guaranteed rate To most currencies (Excluding COP, RUB and TRY) Rather than determining the rate at the time of conversion, as with other currencies, the rate is guaranteed at the mid-market rate for 24 hours from the time you finish creating the transfer, on payments to most currencies. During the rate guarantee period, we may suspend/refund your transfer in the unlikely event of rate fluctuation of 5% or more. Please see our guaranteed exchange rate page for more information.  
Amount Lock Transfers Yes The currency you're sending to must also be able to receive fixed amounts, although almost all can. Please see our other currency FAQs for more information
Debit/Credit Card Payments Yes The limit per payment for GBP card payments is 10,000 GBP. Paying by credit card carries an additional 0.3% fee.


GBP Refunds

Bank Transfer

In most cases, GBP bank transfer payments can be automatically refunded upon your request as long as we have your money and your transfer has not yet been completed.

The refund must be sent back to the account it came from. In case we do require your refund details, we will ask for the name on your account, your account number and your sort code. Your money will then be sent back to you and should arrive on the same working day.

Debit/Credit Card

Card payment refunds are an automatic process (but not instant). Once you cancel a transfer, your money will be sent back to the card you paid from. It can take up to 10 working days for it to reflect back on your card.

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