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Top 3 Money Transfer Providers for USA to Hong Kong

Provider Amount Received Fee Exchange Rate Speed
OFX (US) OFX (US) HKD $76,803.49 No Fee 7.6803 1-3 days more...
Venstar Venstar HKD $76,842.24 No Fee 7.6842 1-3 days more...
MoneyGram MoneyGram HKD $77,113.00 No Fee 7.7113 3-4 business days more...
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The Hong Kong dollar (HKD) is a freely-convertible currency and there are no controls on money transfers to Hong Kong or transferring funds out of Hong Kong Read More
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Send money from USA to Hong Kong

Top 3 Money Transfer Providers

Latest prices for transferring money from USA to Hong Kong
Exchange Rates as of 29 September 2020, 15:27

OFX (US)

Est. 1998

OFX provides secure and speedy international money transfers to over 300,000 people in 55 currencies at better-than-bank rates.

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Amount Received
HKD $76,803.49
USD $233.87
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Venstar

Est. 1990
Established in 1990, Venstar is a worldwide leader in Foreign Exchange Payments and Services.
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Amount Received
HKD $76,842.24
USD $238.87
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MoneyGram

Est. 1940

MoneyGram is a leading remittance provider serving countries across the globe.

 

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Amount Received
HKD $77,113.00
USD $273.80
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How to Transfer Money from USA to Hong Kong

What is in this guide

USA to Hong Kong Guide

Summary

The United States and Hong Kong have strong economic ties, as evidenced by their two-way trade record and a number of trade and investment agreements that seek to enhance and promote trade and investment opportunities for businesses and individuals in both countries. Hong Kong’s currency, the Hong Kong dollar (HKD) has been pegged to the US dollar since 1983. Currently, there are no restrictions on international fund transfers for American citizens who wish to transfer money from USA to Hong Kong.

Visas, work permits and residency

American citizens must apply for the appropriate visa or permit when coming to Hong Kong, if planning to stay beyond the typical time. Normally, Hong Kong issues visas for stays of 7 – 180 days, depending on the individual and the reason for the visit. For American citizens who have former residential status in Hong Kong or close ties to the country (through family or business), it is possible to stay longer without a visa or entry permit. If planning a visit or extended stay to Hong Kong, it is advisable to first check with the local Chinese embassy or consular office to see which type of visa is required.

Buying Property in Hong Kong

In general, it is easy for foreigners to purchase property in Hong Kong, though recently the Hong Kong government imposed a 15% fee for any foreigner purchasing property within Hong Kong. It is more difficult to purchase land, however. All land belongs to the Hong Kong government, and private ownership is based on a renewable leasehold basis. Currently, land leases are being granted for 50 years.


It is typical to go through an appointed estate agent for a property purchase, though it is not uncommon to find a property without one. If using an estate agent, finding one who is licensed is advisable, as is signing an estate agency agreement with the agent to ensure all agreements are in writing and understood by all parties involved. Upon purchase of the property, the buyer typically pays 5% of the purchase price as a down payment. When a formal purchase agreement is signed by all parties, the buyer will pay another 5% of the purchase price, and will pay the remaining balance at the closing, which is typically six to eight weeks later. There are no restrictions for American citizens who wish to transfer money from USA to Hong Kong when preparing to purchase property.

Studying in Hong Kong

American citizens who wish to study in Hong Kong must apply for the appropriate student visa/entry permit and provide proof of a valid travel document to return to the United States once the study program is completed. American applicants can apply for a student visa in person at their local Chinese diplomatic or consular office. For more information on studying in Hong Kong, please refer to Hong Kong’s government immigration website.

Taxation

US citizens living and working in Hong Kong are required to file a tax return with the US government and may owe taxes to the US government. Currently, there is no tax agreement in place between the US and Hong Kong, though recently an agreement was signed between them. The tax information exchange agreement (TIEA) was the first signed by Hong Kong, and stipulates that US tax authorities may request tax-specific information from the Hong Kong Inland Revenue Department.

Healthcare

American citizens living in Hong Kong can access hospital and other health-related services via Hong Kong’s healthcare system, but are considered ‘non-eligible’ and are charged higher rates for these services. For American citizens visiting or traveling through Hong Kong, it is advisable to take out a private or travel insurance policy to help offset healthcare costs while in Hong Kong.

Voting

American citizens living abroad are eligible to vote by absentee ballot in US primary, general, and presidential elections. US citizens must first complete and return a voter registration/absentee ballot to the elections office of the last state where they lived before moving abroad. Once approved, they will receive their ballot by mail for each election.

Importing from the United States to Hong Kong

The United States and Hong Kong have strong economic and investment ties, and are involved in several trade and investment initiatives. Two-way trade of goods and services between the countries amounted to $64 billion in 2013. Hong Kong was the eighteenth largest goods trading partner for the US in 2013, with approximately $48 billion worth of goods exchanging hands in two-way trade between the countries. Hong Kong was also the ninth largest exports market for the US, with total imports from the US into Hong Kong in 2013 totaling $42.3 billion, an increase of nearly $5 billion, or 13%, from the previous year. US foreign direct investment and money transfers to Hong Kong totaled $58.8 billion in 2013, an increase of 7.2% from the previous year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the money transfer companies shown above safe to use?

Yes, all the companies are safe and fully-regulated money transfer services. Each are authorised and regulated by the relevant authority such as the Financial Conduct Authority(FCA) in the UK, FinCEN in the US, FinTRAC in Canada or ASIC in Australia.

How long does an international money transfer take?

The speed of delivery will depend on where the money is being from and to and how you are sending and receiving the money. Transfers sent using bank to bank transfers can depend take anywhere from minutes to days and you should check the time estimates from the relevant provider. Debit and credit card payments sometimes allow for faster transfers for smaller amounts.

How do I use FXcompared?

First review the comparison results (such as for a table above) for a given amount of money sending from USA to Hong Kong. Then select a provider based on factors such as price, speed, their rating and click the green button to be taken to their website. From there, you can register and sign up for an account. Once you have done that and the provider has verified your identity to ensure the money can be send safely, you will be ready to transfer money.

What payments methods can I use to send money overseas?

The results shown above are typically for bank to bank transfers. It is possible via some providers to pay in your funds for the transfer via cash, debit or credit cards as well but this is usually reserved for smaller amounts. Some providers also give you different options for how the money will be received - to a bank account (most common), to a debit card, to cash or to a digital or mobile wallet.

What if the price shown above isn’t exactly what I am offered when I try to transfer money?

There can be a number of reasons why the final price you are offered may be different to that shown in the table above. Exchange rates between two currencies change all the time and is the most common reason. Additionally, some providers offer different pricing depending what method you are using to send funds or how the funds will be received. Others may offer you a premium service for faster payments. In some cases FXcompared has a special rate with a provider and this is reserved for first time customers who sign up to the provider starting from FXcompared’s website. As prices do change often, be sure to confirm the total cost with the provider before transferring money.

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