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How to Correctly Send Money with Western Union to Northern Cyprus?

Updated: 4 weeks ago

A popular money transfer service can help you receive money in Northern Cyprus, but there are some nuances to consider.

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Sending money through Western Union to Northern Cyprus

Due to the status of an unrecognized republic, there are no full-fledged Western Union branches in Northern Cyprus. However, when sending money, it is important to find NORTH CYPRUS or CYPRUS NORTHERN in the database; otherwise, the money will go to the Republic of Cyprus. Operators at Western Union branches may not be aware of this, so you need to ask them to find it.

Receiving money using Western Union in Northern Cyprus

As mentioned before, there are no branches, so you can only receive money at certain offices of some banks. You can check the current offices on the Western Union website, allowing your browser to detect your location or by specifying the city in English.

Banks that issue Western Union transfers:

  • Vakiflar
  • Ziraat
  • Iktisat

In Ziraat and Vakiflar, you can go to the branches during working hours and receive the money by presenting your identification document and the Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN).

In Iktisat, before receiving the transfer, you need to make a request at the bank, specifying the branch, Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN), name, surname, document number, address, and phone number or email.

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Frequently asked questions about sending money to Northern Cyprus

Which bank opens accounts in Northern Cyprus?

You can open an account at Credit West Bank. To do this, you need a passport and a residence permit. The card will be issued in 2-3 weeks, and you will be able to receive incoming transfers and make payments within the territory of Northern Cyprus.

What other methods are available to transfer money to Northern Cyprus?

If you have a UnionPay card (excluding Tinkoff), you can make payments at stores and withdraw money from ATMs of certain banks. Here is the list of those banks.
Additionally, if you have cards from Turkey, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Uzbekistan, or Kyrgyzstan, you can transfer money through Zolotaya Korona. Read more about it here.

In the Northern Cyprus chat, you can communicate and find possible ways to withdraw money. The Exchange chat will also be useful for you.

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