Western Union introduces US-Cuba money transfers

Thursday, June 9, 2016

The Western Union Company (WU), a leader in global payments, today pioneered mobile and online money transfers to Cuba via the Western Union app and wu.com in the U.S., paving the way for a new generation of tech-savvy customers to move money into Cuba in minutes.*

The move solidifies Western Union’s more than 15 years of serving Cuba and reflects its commitment to bring access to its global omni-channel strategy to the Cuban diaspora in the United States.

Consumers using wu.com or the mobile app in the U.S. can select the new “Send to Cuba” option to send and track their money transfers, until they are paid out in minutes in local currency (Cuban convertible pesos) at Western Union’s extensive network of 420 Agent locations in Cuba. Western Union is represented across every one of Cuba’s 16 provinces and 168 municipalities through its principal Agent, Fincimex.

“Western Union has been helping Cubans in the U.S. to send money to their loved ones back home for more than 15 years,” said Odilon Almeida, Western Union president of the Americas and European Union. “Pioneering a new way for our U.S. customers to send money into Cuba via wu.com and our mobile application is yet another milestone in servicing this historic island nation.”

Source: Press Release (link opens in a new window)

digital payments, remittances