re: "How about to a US bank account?"
I ALAWAYS withdraw my earning to a U.S. bank account.
Upwork will be happy to let you do the same.
If you have a U.S. bank account that you are an official account holder of, using your legal name, then Upwork will allow you to withdraw your earnings to it.
It does not matter what country you live. Your citizenship does not matter.
You just need to have your legal name be an authorized account holder on the bank account.
re: "So I cant send it directly to a friend?"
You can't withdraw your Upwork earnings into an account that you are not an account holder for.
But AFTER you withdraw your money, into your own bank account or PayPal account or whatever, you can send it to anybody you want. Upwork won't let you do that. But you bank will let you do that.
Recently, we hosted an event with Upwork's Engineering Lead, Mike Maietta. In this event, we introduced this new tool, and Mike demonstrated how to use it and answered questions.Learn More
Upwork partnered Red Bay Coffee and artists commissioned from our own platform to bring the Wake and Make blend to life. We asked the creatives to share their freelancer journeys.Learn More
Virtual Talent Bench enables you to easily discover and connect with talent. Learn more about building custom lists of talent, adding tags, notes, and more to move your business forward.Learn More
Loom addition in messages provides more ways to easily communicate and share information on Upwork!Learn More