How to Send Money With Vigo

Vigo started as a remittances agent in New York to help migrants send money home to Brazilian communities.

Vigo is a money transfer service that was bought by Western Union in 2005. It allows individuals to send money, primarily remittances, from the United States and Canada to Latin America and the Caribbean. In fact, Vigo allows people to send money to and from about 50 countries all around the world, but remittances from the United States to Latin America still remain the largest part of their business. Sending money with Vigo is a relatively easy undertaking.


Step 1

Find out whether Vigo sends money to your country. To do that, visit their website at

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Vigo primarily serves customers in Latin America, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe.


Step 2

Call Vigo at 1-800-777-8784 to find out the agent closest to your area. Visit the agent with Class A identification (e.g., passport or a driver's licence), the money you want to send (cash, debit card, personal check or money order) and the address and name of the receiving party.

Step 3

After you give the money to the agent (along with a small fee), the receiving party will get the money in a timely manner (the time you have to wait depends on whether the funds should be deposited in the beneficiary's bank account, be delivered to his home or transferred to a local agent for payout; the transfer time can range from less than one day to two or three days). Money can be delivered to the recipient in person in Peru, Dominican Republic, Haiti, India and the Philippines. Otherwise, the recipient must visit the closest Vigo agent to get his money transfer or get the transfer wired to his bank account, if he has one. The recpient is required to show identification in order to receive the money