How to save on international money transfers this Diwali

By Our Reporter
Image provided by WorldRemit

The festival of Diwali is all about spreading love, light, appreciation and coming together with family to celebrate with a message of hope and prosperity.

With over 32 million Indians living overseas and most still unable to travel due to the pandemic, sending money to family and friends in India has become a popular way to send well wishes of wealth and spread happiness for Diwali.

In fact, India remains a popular destination for money transfers on WorldRemit and Diwali is one of the busiest times of the year for sending money from all regions of the world.

There are various ways to send money to loved ones in India and financial technology companies like WorldRemit offer a faster alternative to share gifts with friends and family from the comfort of your home.

Scott Eddington, Managing Director of Asia-Pacific at WorldRemit, said: “After a tough two years globally, we are sending well wishes to all celebrating Diwali with friends and family, together or from far.”

“No matter how or where you choose to celebrate Diwali this year, there are still plenty of ways to share your light from abroad which is why we are proud to support the 200,000 New Zealanders/721,000 Australians of Indian heritage and their families back home by offering a cheaper way to send money,” added Eddington.

Eddington has the following four tips for using WorldRemit to send money for Diwali:

  1. Download the WorldRemit app – To be able to send money transfers on the go, download the free WorldRemit app from the Google Play Store or Apple AppStore. Enter the promo code ‘3FREE’ for your first three fee-free transfers.
  2. Manage all transfers efficiently – Turn on WhatsApp updates for transfer status to be able to check on the process and let recipients know that they can monitor the transfer through the WorldRemit Transfer Tracker app, available via the Google Store. 95% of transfers are ready within minutes.
  3. Know the recipient – To avoid any hiccups along the way, ensure recipient details, including bank account details and email, are correct before sending a transfer.
  4. Airtime Top-Up – As a unique gift, consider WorldRemit’s Airtime Top-Up option and send a mobile recharge to your loved one so you can call them during Diwali without them having to pay for a costly incoming call or online data.

To learn more about digital remittances or how to send a money transfer for Diwali, visit

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