If you’ve moved abroad and are sending money to Uganda, you aren’t just helping support your own loved ones. You’re also playing a vital part in the nation’s economy. In the recent words of Ambassador Abbey Walusimbi, who handles affairs relating to Ugandans living abroad, “our diaspora continue to contribute to the development of our country through Foreign Direct Investments, remittances, promotion of trade… and culture.”

In 2020, remittances amounted to around $1.2 billion, and that would have been even higher if it wasn’t for the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. At Remitly, we pride ourselves in helping Ugandans make these vital transactions, providing a fair exchange rate and low transfer fees every time. 

When sending money to Uganda, you can opt for a cash pickup by your recipient, or send straight to a mobile money account like Airtel Money. To find out how, read on.

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Send Money to Airtel Money in 5 Easy Steps

Looking to send Ugandan shillings back home to someone with an Airtel Money account? Here are the steps to follow.

  1. For first-time users, download the Remitly app and create a profile. Then select Uganda as your destination country.
  2. Enter the amount you wish to send.
  3. Choose Mobile Money as your delivery method and Airtel Money as your mobile wallet option.
  4. Enter your recipient’s name and phone number.
  5. Enter your payment details.

After that’s done, just check the details are all correct, and you can go ahead with the UGX transfer. What’s more, your recipient can be kept updated on the whole process thanks to our SMS updates, so they’ll know exactly when the Ugandan shillings hit their account. 

Why Should I Use Remitly to Send Money to Airtel Money?

With Remitly, sending money to Uganda is super-easy thanks to our app and website. On top of that, we clearly lay out exactly what the transfer fee is, and also ensure you receive great exchange rates each and every time you make a remittance. And, if you ever need to cancel a UGX transaction before it is successfully completed, we’ll simply refund you the money.

How Quickly Will My Money Arrive with Airtel Money?

We know that money might sometimes be urgently needed by your loved ones in Uganda, while at other times there’s no big rush. That’s why we let you choose between our Express and Economy routes for each transfer. If you go for the Express option, your Airtel Money remittance should be completed instantly.  

How Much Money Can I Send to Airtel Money with Remitly?

It doesn’t matter whether you’re making a large or small Ugandan shilling remittance – you can do it through Remitly. We do have sending limits, which are necessary to ensure your details and assets are kept safe, and that we stay within international regulations. By providing us with the minimum required verification details, you can send the following:

  • US$2,999/€5,000/AUD$2,999/£5,000 within 24 hours
  • US$10,000/€15,000/AUD$10,000/£15,000 within 30 days
  • US$18,000/€50,000/AUD$18,000/£50,000 within 180 days

Need to send more Ugandan shillings back home? That’s fine too. Just provide us with some more identification information, and we can boost your limits. 

Is it Safe to Send Money to Airtel Money with Remitly?

Online safety is at the very core of what we do. We have our own security experts who keep a close eye on our processes, and we have in place the kind of personal data encryption that’s standard among banks.. For added peace of mind, you’ll receive SMS/text alerts with your transactions. So, in the unlikely event of any problem, you’ll know about it immediately and can get your money back.

Read on here for more on security at Remitly.

What We Love about Airtel Money

Airtel Money is part of Bharti Airtel, said to be India’s biggest telecommunications company, and is a key element in their effort to cater to the many millions of people in Asia and Africa who don’t have access to bank accounts. Thanks to the Airtel Money mobile wallet, users are liberated from traditional banking practices, and can use their phone to make digital payments and receive money from loved ones abroad.

In this way, Airtel Money puts the power to manage funds quite literally in the palm of people’s hands. Whether Ugandans want to pay bills, go shopping online, or send money to friends and family in Uganda and beyond, it’s all possible with this handy and secure platform.

About Remitly

Sending money to Uganda as gifts for friends and family, or to provide crucial support with living and studying expenses? The Remitly app and website is ready for you, 24/7. With each transaction secure and tracked, you’ll know you can always be there for the people who matter most in your life, no matter how far away you are.

Learn more here about Remitly and download the app right away.

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