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Are there any restrictions on sending or receiving funds?

Yes. Western Union adheres by strict anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing laws. Sanctions have been imposed on countries known to have lax banking and financial regulations, as well as upon specially designated nationals (SDN).

For additional information, please refer to the following websites:

FATF · OSFI · US Treasury


Additional due diligence may be required for sending funds to the following countries.


  • Belarus
  • Cote D'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Iraq
  • Liberia
  • Syria
  • Zimbabwe


You may be prompted to provide supplementary information and normal processing time lines may not be applicable.


Under any circumstances, we are not permitted to send funds to the following countries:


  • Burma / Myanmar
  • Cuba
  • Iran
  • North Korea
  • Sudan

Please note that all beneficiaries are subject to verification by our Compliance Department. You may be required to provide further information regarding your transaction, regardless of the countries involved.  If for any reason we are unable to send the funds to your beneficiary, you will be notified.

Important: These lists are provided to us by the banking community and the FATF, and are not the result of any subjective decisions on our part.

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