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Re: How to send money to Myanmar/Burma?

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Wai Yan M Member Since: Sep 4, 2017
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As new to Upwork, I don’t know how to send money to Myanmar and I ask one of the experienced upwork senior to inquire about how to and here is the person answer. Credit go to Ko **Edited for Community Guidelines**

I am glad to answer this information as it took about more than 1 month and a lot of (yes, a lot of) phone calls to bank, several chatting with manager of local branch and a test withdrawal of 100$. Even the local manager could not give the exact answers. Then, I made many calls to main office of
bank and got redirected for several times. At last, my call reached tothe right person.

So, here are the information. You can send the fund via wire transfer. You will need just a normal bank account. You don't need USD account. MMK account is okay. They will exchange the funds with arrival day's price (buy price) and deposit in your account. Banks will not inform for direct deposits to your account. So, I like to recommend to connect your bankaccount to mobile for checking yourself.

Wire transfer is the most expansive one on Upwork. It will cost you a 30$withdrawal fee (charged from Upwork) and 10$ or 10,000 Kyats as incoming SWIFT charge from your bank.

I guess it is the very first time for you. Then, you will need to fill thetax form on Upwork (there is a form for non-US people). You can't with drawwithout filling this. In addition, for the first time, your bank will need to know some details. Upwork will reply you a list of details they needed to sendto your bank (including how you get the funds and reason of withdrawal).Upwork will guarantee your bank that you got your funds legally.So, your first withdrawal will take longer time than the later ones.Laterwithdrawals will arrive to your account with 3-14 working days (allholidays of US, country of intermediary bank and Myanmar should beconsidered) . If it takes more than 14 working days, you should inform Upwork and they will track the funds.

You need to tap add withdrawal method, choose wire transfer and fill therequired information. You can find the SWIFT code of your bank on Google. Name on your bank account may need to be the same with your Upwork account. There will also be a security period when you add a new withdrawal method. Also make sure to have "triple check" when filling your bank account information; or it will cause your withdrawal to be sent back to Upwork and will cost you withdrawal charges again.

I think there is enough information for you. Let me know if you still have questions. I will help as much as I can.

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Shihab-Ul H Member Since: Aug 20, 2016
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Hi Wai Yan,

 

You can find necessary information regarding this issue from bellow article:

 

Get Paid Options

 

As you having problem with wire transfer, so I think that payoneer's mastercard could be a better solution for you.

 

Really astonished to see that you have been struggling for one month when its very simple.

 

Goodluck

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Wai Yan M Member Since: Sep 4, 2017
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Hello,

 

Thanks for the suggestion. But the issue is not in Upwork part. It's Myanmar bank and receving foreign currency issue. But in my post it is written clearly about how to solve it.

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Juvy Ann P Member Since: Oct 29, 2015
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@Wai Yan M wrote:

Hello,

 

Thanks for the suggestion. But the issue is not in Upwork part. It's Myanmar bank and receving foreign currency issue. But in my post it is written clearly about how to solve it.


 It is better to have the solution that you have proposed especially when there is an intention to be self-employed.  

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Wai Yan M Member Since: Sep 4, 2017
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What do you mean by this?

 

''when there is an intention to be self-employed. ''

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Petra R Member Since: Aug 3, 2011
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@Wai Yan M wrote:

What do you mean by this?

 

''when there is an intention to be self-employed. ''


 Ignore her. She is just trolling. Nothing she posts has any value other than showing her up for what she is.

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Shihab-Ul H Member Since: Aug 20, 2016
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@Wai Yan M wrote:

Hello,

 

Thanks for the suggestion. But the issue is not in Upwork part. It's Myanmar bank and receving foreign currency issue. But in my post it is written clearly about how to solve it.



I understood your concern & have read clearly before replying. However, As you having problem with your bank & the bank having problem with receiving foreign currency, so I suggested to skip this wire transfer for this moment & use payoneer's mastercard although it charges $1 more than wire transfer (per withdraw).

 

One more thing- As the problem with your bank for receiving foreign currency & if so, Upwork has nothing to do with this. You need to contact your bank alternatively.

 

Thank you 

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Wai Yan P Member Since: Feb 24, 2020
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Hello brother,

 

My name is Wai Yan Phyo, a upwork newbie from Myanmar.

 

Thank you for the informations you wrote. It was really helpful as I was worried to get paid without any risk.

 

Can I still ask you some things if you don't mind? What was the name of bank that the brother you asked used? 

A friend of mine said she used AYA and failed, which made her lost $60 wire transfer fee for nothing at all.

 

Thanks in advance!

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