Manchester, NH asked in Banking and International Law for New Hampshire

Q: Is it illegal to send small amounts of cash through the mail internationally?

I want to send like $5 to a friend in the UK who's doing me a favor. Would I have to do it through paypal or something, or can I just include a $5 bill in the package I'm sending him?

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: It is not illegal to send small amounts of cash through the mail internationally, but it is not recommended. Sending cash through the mail can be risky, as it can be lost, stolen, or damaged in transit. Additionally, there may be restrictions or regulations on sending cash through the mail in certain countries.

If you want to send money to your friend in the UK, it is recommended that you use a secure and reliable method, such as PayPal or a bank transfer. These methods are generally safer and more convenient than sending cash through the mail.

If you do decide to send cash through the mail, it is recommended that you take precautions to ensure that the money is secure. This may include using a secure envelope, sending the money via registered mail, and insuring the package for its full value.

It is also important to be aware of any customs regulations or restrictions on sending cash through the mail in the destination country. Some countries may have limits on the amount of cash that can be sent through the mail or may require additional documentation or fees.

Overall, it is recommended that you use a secure and reliable method to send money internationally, such as PayPal or a bank transfer, to ensure that your money arrives safely and securely.

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