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I live in the eurozone and have about $13000 (USD) legal income on my PayPal balance. One of my bank accounts is in usd, but apparently PayPal only wants to transfer money in the main currency of the country where the bank account is based. The commission on he exchange rate is around 3% so I would end up losing almost $400.

Does anyone know if there is a way to get around this?

So far I see 2 options:

1)ask a friend in the U.S. to accept the money and wire it to me. I don't know if the IRS could make any trouble here?

2) find a foreign exchange service that will accept PayPal money and will wire on euros. Does anyone know of such a service? I've looked at transferwise and a couple of others but none seem to accept PayPal money.

Any thoughts?

Thank you very much in advance!

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    You really should have figured this out before getting the money into PayPal... Why not attach it to a bank account in a more convenient currency? (Standard reminder on this kind of question: Beware of scams.) – keshlam Oct 7 '14 at 21:55
  • Yes I should have thought about that earlier... You can only attach at PayPal account to a bank account with the main currency of the country where the bank account is based. So to transfer USD one needs a bank account in a country with USD as the official currency. I have a USD bank account but bc it starts with BE (Belgium) PayPal only wants to transfer euros. – user2449397 Oct 8 '14 at 17:50
  • I have the same problem. I have received legal USD on my European PayPal account. How did you guys fixed this finally to receive the dollars at a normal ratio? PayPal only wants to send EURO's to our bank account after using a very bad conversion ratio from 3%. I cannot move the money to a US customer because then we lose again 3,5 % on the money because of the PayPal transaction ratio. – Tom Mar 1 '16 at 21:27
  • Didn't find a way to solve it... Sorry! – user2449397 Mar 2 '16 at 15:29
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I don't see how Paypal can stop you from transferring USD funds from your paypal account to a USD account held with a bank. Just tell them to do the transfer to your account.

The issue could be around USD onshore / offshore regulation. Is the US government preventing EU citizens from taking USD income offshore?

If that's the case then you need a correspondent bank. So in other words, like using your friend. But what you can do is ask your bank who is their correspondent bank in the US, and whether they have the license required to transfer USD funds offshore.

So you shift the regulation issues to your bank, and then you have to accept your bank's exchange rate - which is going to be better than paypal, who charges too much for FX transactions.

  • Thanks for your comment. PayPal says it has to do with regulation, they only get a license for one currency per country or something like that? It's definitely not specifically for usd. – user2449397 Oct 8 '14 at 17:45
  • Yes ok, so you need to find out your European bank's USD correspondent, and tell Paypal to send the USD accordingly. That means, as long as your bank allows it, your USD gets sent to a USD "account with" your bank. You then instruct your bank to change the USD funds to EUR and send to your EUR account. So you use your bank's exchange and commission rates instead of Paypal's. – rupweb Oct 10 '14 at 8:47

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