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What Are SWIFT Payments?

SWIFT payments are a type of international transfer sent via the SWIFT international payment network.
The SWIFT international payment network is one of the largest financial messaging systems in the world. TransferWise can send or receive certain currencies via SWIFT payment.

Fees for SWIFT payments

  • Your bank will likely charge a fee to make a SWIFT transfer to TransferWise. 
  • In addition, when the money is in transit, correspondent banks in between may also deduct their handling fees. Your bank should be able to advise what those would be.
  • If we receive less then what you have set up your TransferWise transfer for, we won't be able to process your transfer without your help and will email you. So, please keep a close eye on your inbox - if we don't get a reply to our request, we will need to send your money back.
    If money is sent directly to your borderless balance, there's nothing extra you need to do - we'll deposit whatever we receive into your balance.
  • Make sure to inform your sending bank that no conversion is necessary when sending your money to our account.

Transfer times for SWIFT payments

SWIFT payments usually take 1-3 working days to reach their destination, however it is possible that they can take longer due to circumstances such as time differences between the sending and receiving country or multiple intermediary banks involved with delivering your money to us.

We also pay out via SWIFT for some currencies, which you can read about here.

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