How to Transfer Money from PayPal to Skrill (MoneyBookers) Accounts

The official statement of PayPal and Skrill is that direct transfer is not possible – read the post to see the details as of why. However, please note that there are some pretty good suggestions in the comments. I suggest you read through them for ideas. And if you use Payoneer, you definitely want to check out Chaniqua’s comment about how to withdraw money from PayPal through Payoneer… no need to transfer money to Skrill!

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How to Transfer Money from PayPal to Skrill (MoneyBookers) Accounts
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One of the most often asked question on my blog (in comments and via email) by fellow freelancers is how to transfer money from PayPal to Skrill (MoneyBookers) account. I don’t know why all these people thought it’s possible butโ€ฆ I decided to blog on the topic – just so I donโ€™t get asked the same question over and over again any more ๐Ÿ˜€

I asked both companies if we can transfer money from PayPal to Skrill and from Skrill to PayPal

Here is the copy of the email I sent to them:

Hey, guys!

This may be a stupid question but I did NOT find an answer to it in your FAQ section so I decided to ask.

Is there a way to transfer money from my PayPal account to my Skrill (Moneybookers) accounts directly?

if yes – how, and what’s the fee for this service?

thanks in advance for your reply.


PayPal replied that it is NOT possible.

Here is part of the copy of their email:

It is not possible to withdraw the funds from any PayPal account to other payment processor account.

I also asked them about accepting Skrill’s prepaid master card as payment method. There answer was again negative:

After reading your email I have to inform you that we do not accept payments from and to Skrill (MoneyBookers) Prepaid Master Cards. We accept the following credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.

Fellow freelancers, please review PayPal withdrawal policy for your country as it varies – for my country I can withdraw money to my local bank via debit/credit card, or to any US bank. To your country it may be different. In any case, it is NOT possible to transfer money directly from your PayPal account to your Skrill account – as per PayPal’s customer support emails quoted above.

Skrill also confirmed that it is NOT possible to transfer money from PayPal to Skrill accounts and vise verse.

Here is an excerpt of their email to my initial question:

We would like to kindly inform you that Skrill and PayPalย are separate online payment service providers, whose systems are not directly connected, therefore, payments between them are not supported.

There, you have it – transferring money from PayPal to Skrill (MoneyBookers) and from Skrill (MoneyBookers) to PayPal directly is NOT possible.

If you really must have your money transferred from PayPal to Skrill, then I suggest you withdraw your money from PayPal to your bank account or bank card and then send funds from your bank account or debit/credit card to your Skrill account. This way you’d indirectly transfer money from your PayPal account to your Skrill account.

Tell me in the comments – why do you even want transferring money from your PayPal account to your Skrill account and vise verse?

Or read my other post about PayPal and Skrill being freelance payment methods


  1. says

    I transfer money from my PayPal account to my bank account on a regular basis, but can’t see why one would want to transfer it to another online payment service provider. Seems like a lot of effort to go to. At least now you’ve given your readers a definitive answer.

    • says

      i know, right? it simply does’t make sense – hope someone will tell me why they wanted to do that after all ๐Ÿ˜€ thanks for stopping by, Jeri!

      • Gagandeep Singh says

        Hey Diana,

        The reason one would want to transfer funds from PayPal to Skrill is because they are unable to link their local bank accounts with PayPal (since PayPal only accepts US bank account). However, they can link Skrill to their Local Bank account. So for them it makes sense to transfer from PayPal to Skrill and then liquidate it at their Local Bank Account.

        • says

          Ah, i see. Thanks for your comment, Gagandeep! However, it’s not true PayPal accepts only US bank accounts. The requirements vary depending on the country.

          For some countries you can link ONLY a bank account (i am in one right now and it is not US); in other countries you can link a bank card (debit or credit) and not your bank account (i was in one before). Don’t know what country you are talking about but are you sure you cannot link your bank card instead of bank account? It is a very small thing but it does make a lot of difference if you are trying to link your bank card or bank account…

          If you can register to PayPal in your country, you most probably can link something to withdraw your money (not necessarily your bank account).

          • says

            I have this problem in Argentina. I don`t have a credit card and I am unable to link my PayPal account to my bank account. For this reason I want to get a prepaid Skrill Mastercard to link to mt PayPal account. I use PayPal a lot and it is getting a bit of a problem not to be verified and once I reach my limit I need to open a new account. This card will help to get that out of the way…I hope.

            • says

              Sorry for the “stupid” question but, Nelieta, have you tried to link a DEBIT card? Sometimes a isa electron card works just fine (i have done it – no need to have a credit card).

              On a side note – i asked PayPal specifically about linking the Skrill prepaid mastercard for withdrawal purposes and they denied (they said it’s NOT o). But then again, i remember someone here said it IS possible.

              I am planning to get a card myself and test it – will blog about my experience afterwards. Thanks for your patience ๐Ÿ˜€

              • says

                Hi Diana, yes we have tried everything. I am sure it has something to do with the banks in Argentina as we currently have a lot of restrictions regarding foreign currency. I was told by Skrill last week that the pre-paid Credit Card is now available in Argentina and I will be ordering mine soon. I will be very happy if I could link my Paypal account to this card. If I have any updates I will share it here.

          • says

            PayPal is available in my country but you cannot link it to an locaal bank account . WE can only receive check

              • AL says

                I am a bit off subject…But I’m new to Skrill. I am in US and needed a way to pay overseas vendors that dont accept paypal. I want to fund my skrill account, but my bank (chase) does not offer ACH transfers from personal checking accounts. If I use a credit card or wire transfer, the fees make it impractical. Is there a way I can make transfer to my skrill account without fees?

                • says

                  Hi, AL! I am not aware of any services that offer transfers without a fee – and if you think about it, how will they make profit if they did? It’s like a client wants to hire you but doesn’t want to pay you – does this sound good? After all, that is their business model – like you want to get paid when you work, they want their fee when they provide you with the service of money transfer.

                  Now, depending on your country and/or bank, you may minimize those fees. People all around the world are having trouble transfering money from paypal to skrill so your question about minimizing fees shoudl be easier to asnwer :)

                  While there is no way to _directly_ transfer money from PayPal to Skrill and vise verse, there are some indirect ones – i suggest you read through the comments of this post and decide for yourself which is the best way to do it. There are some ideas,…

                  Hope this helps and thanks for reading and commenting! ๐Ÿ˜€

                • Muc says

                  Hi Al, we are probably on the same boat. I also have money on my Paypal account that I want to transfer to my Skrill account. If you happen to find a way out please let me know.

      • says

        Some payment providers accept paypal and not skrill, hence my desire to transfer some money from one to the other.

        • says

          hey, Dan! In your case – if your concern is that some providers accept PayPal and not Skrill, have you considered transferring money through your bank card?

          You can always withdraw money from PayPal to your debit/credit card or bank account and then top-up your Skrill account from your debit/credit card or bank account.

          • Sebastian says

            Hi, Skrill allows to transfer money from/to gambling sites like PokerStars and several online casinos, and Paypal allows to purchase a lot of products. So, if you won money in casinos and want to purchase things with that, you’ll want to make a “clean” transfer from one service to the other. And with “clean” I mean don’t alerting your bank or credit cards about it. In my country for example (Argentina), there are restrictions by the government to send money outside: be it your bank or credit card, they’ll charge 20%. If I withdraw US$100 from Skrill to my VISA, and then purchase US$100 in Paypal, VISA will charge me 20 bucks more. Now you have another reason to understand why people ask ;).

              • Sebastian says

                Tenk you very much for your quick response, Diana. I knew that option, but always thought that as any credit card, it will be linked to my bank account and suffer the same country restrictions, but after your suggestion I read the content from your link and see that not in in this case. Need to revise if sites accepting PayPal also accept MasterCard, and I will consider it as an option.

                • says

                  Glad i could help, Sebastian! I am just heading out to celebrate New Year’s Eve – so let me wish you best of luck with your endeavors with Skrill Mastercard – hope it’s a solution for you indeed! i truly hope you make tons of money gambling online and find a way for “clean transactions” ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Caroline Walcot says

        There are countries where PayPal does not operate and other countries where PayPal is “not fully implemented” – in other words, does not operate properly. There you cannot withdraw cash via Paypal – you cannot transfer money to your bank account – you cannot transfer funds to your credit card. Period. That is decided by the country, NOT by PayPal.

        When I am transferring funds PayPalled to fundraiser pages through to various animal rescuers in countries where PayPal cannot be used to withdraw funds, it is usually the case that bank charges are prohibitive, often double the size of the donation. The alternative is Western Union, but not every rescuer can get to a Post Office during opening hours.

        I can use prepaid credit cards for three rescuers, but for the others I have to find different solutions? Two them can use Moneybookers, so direct transfers to them would have been nice. However, they have to wait a week while PayPal funds go via my bank account to another place where they can withdraw money. It is more work for me.

        There you are. Why would anybody want to transfer money from PayPal to Skrill directly? There you have it. The answer’s no, tough. But not as tough as life would be if we were unable to funnel international donations to them at all without greedy banks carving out huge chunks in transaction fees.

        • says

          Hey, Caroline, thanks for adding one more reason to the list why one would want transferring money from PayPal to Skrill and vie verse. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • says

        Websites like bet365 com don’t have paypal transfer method but they support skrill , so may be a good reason to try transferring funds from paypal to skrill.

        • says

          right, i see one of the strongest sides of Skrill is exactly working with gambling sites (i know pokerstars too works with Skrill but not with PayPal) – thanks for this addition, Ajay!

    • says

      The reason for this is simple. Paypal is ripping people off! it is too easy to get scammed by buyers using paypal and alot of legit sellers have lost their accounts to paypal. I rarely get money in paypal anymore. But when i do, I transfer my funds to skrill using a third party. Skrill is more secure and doesn’t allow their sellers to be scammed.

      • says

        Thanks for adding to the conversation! May i ask what is the third party you use to transfer money from PayPal to Skrill? thanks!

    • Jeramy says

      I can easily answer why:

      For example I want to order an item from, however I only have funds available in my PayPal account without a debit card.

      DHGate offers Skrill as payment, so I Google’d if it’d be possible to transfer from one to the other so i can process a payment on the website.

      It’s just like people wanting to shop on Amazon or Pizza Hut using PayPal.

      There are may reasons that someone may need to transfer funds from one account to another… It doesn’t mean you people have to be jerks about responding to the idea.

      • says

        Nobody is being a jerk, Jeramy – it seems you are taking comments personally where there is nothing personal in them, especially to you ๐Ÿ˜‰

        if you had taken the time to read all comments available on the post, you would have seen the problem of many is not just they “want” to shop on Amazon with PayPal – it’s a way more serious problem because they don’t have a choice of getting their hard earned money due to location restrictions and whatnot.

        The purpose of this post that you left your comment on was to state that there is no way to directly transfer money from paypal to skrill – and there isn’t. Don’t call me a jerk for stating the obvious ๐Ÿ˜€

        But as i said, i invite you to read the comments so that you find our how you can indirectly transfer money from paypal to skrill…

        Stay positive – statistics show positive people achieve more ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. Arleen says

    I don’t use Paypal. I like the idea where people can purchase items and not have to log into a Paypal account. With that said Paypal bought out Verisign so all my payments go into a Paypal account. I am surprised that you got any kind of an answer from Paypal. I am not familiar with Skrill.

    • says

      I actually prefer PayPal – i guess because i am used to it (with all online money exchange – it is way easier for international payments). And while they don’t fancy themselves with great customer service – they have always gotten back to me, whatever the questions with some or no delay ๐Ÿ˜€ as for Skrill – it’s pretty much the same; but has the potential to become better LOL

      thanks for stopping by, Arleen!

    • says

      Skrill used to be called MoneyBookers and they are not very popular on north american market yet (not sure if they operate there, actually).

      As for PayPal fees – they vary. For me they charge nothing to put funds there and the fee to withdraw money from my PayPal account to my bank card are very minimal compared to what my bank would charge me if i make an international transfer. So i guess we all do whatever works best for us ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thanks for stopping by, Jeannette!

  3. says

    Maybe I’m out of the loop – not surprising really – but I have no idea what Skrill is so never even thought to pose the transfer question. Just out of curiosity, why would someone want to make that kind of transfer anyway?

    • says

      Skrill are with London headquarters and don’t have good market share in North America (i am not even sure if they operate there at all!) – so no wonder you have not heard of them ๐Ÿ˜‰ as to the question, Debra – YES, that is what i am asking, too! but whoever is asking the question doesn’t bother answering mine, i guess – many people read this post and when they see the big ugly no, they most often leave without a word whatsoever LOL – thanks for stopping by!

  4. Kelly says

    Hi, the reason as to why one may want to transfer money from paypal to Skrill is because paypal DOESN’T accept direct bank withdrawals from several countries yet with Skrill, you can withdraw from your bank wherever in the world it is located. However, some websites only pay to paypal so one would have their funds stuck in paypal without any way of getting them to their bank account yet credit cards are not very popular in developing countries.
    That’s just about it.

    • says

      Thanks for your comment, Kelly! And have you tried using a debit card?

      In my home country credit cards are just getting popular (they were not at all just a few years ago) – but debit cards have been around and that is how i used to withdraw my money from PayPal. I too couldn’t link a bank account back then – but i did link my card. Have you tried that? Requirements vary depending on the country, of course.

      I don’t know what country you are talking about but if you can register to PayPal from a certain country, it is highly unlikely that you cannot withdraw your money to a bank account, to a bank card, via a check or some other way… you talk about, are a nice way to withdraw money from your PayPal.

      • Caroline Walcot says

        Hi Diana, just to remind you that PayPal operates differently in each country where it is allowed to be used.

        In Belgium it is possible to UPLOAD funds and make payments with a credit card, but DOWNLOADS are something else – only possible to a nominated bank account in your name. However fancy the email address used to collect funds, the money only collectable by Mr or Mrs A N Other who owns the nominated bank account.

        Download to a credit card impossible.

        • says

          That’s what i am saying, Caroline – that procedures vary from country to country and we should always check the details about the specific country, not in general.

          What you mention about the email address and the name of the bank account/card holder – that is true “in general” – that is a requirement with which everyone agrees when opening a PayPal account. Fine print or not, we agree with it when signing up ๐Ÿ˜€

          Thanks for stopping by and giving us the details about how it works in Belgium.

  5. says

    this question is being ask many times because Paypal is not working in Bangladesh, Pakistan , Every Popular website accept Paypal while Skrill( Moneybookers) working in every country , so every one looking to transfer from Skrill to Paypal so that they can use paypal . its does not make sense that it is possible . & never will be .

    • says

      Ah, i see… yes, that makes sense – thanks for your comment, Uzma! But aren’t contractors from Bangladesh and Pakistan using Payoneer to work on freelance websites like oDesk and Elance? I thought there is a work around already about PayPal not operating in that region…

      • says

        @diana yes people using payoneer , Odesk, Elance support payoneer to withdraw Money From their local ATM Machines . it cost little bit around $2 , $3 for each transaction .

        • says

          oh, that’s reasonable – good alternative of PayPal, i guess – thanks, Uzma, for letting me know how it works with Payoneer :-)

  6. steven says

    Easy answer!
    people earn money in paypal but skrill can be used to pay a wider variety of goods and services!
    Apart from those countries where eather service is not aviable at all

    • says

      Thanks for your comment, Steven! I would be surprised if “skrill can be used to pay a wider variety of goods and services” as so many people have not even heard of that platform yet. Doesn’t have as big market share as PayPal. The previous comments shed some light about PayPal not operating in some regions – although it strikes me as odd that one can register to PayPal from a country which is not eligible to withdraw… wouldn’t make sense. Maybe someone is overlooking something. Sorry i cannot help better ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Ivan Chonkin says

        Amazingly ignorant perception of outer world…realy American apart of your sound East European descent, congrats!!!

        • says

          Hey, Ivan! I am not sure what you mean by this comment, neither how i deserved your attitude. Elaborate, if you can; or don’t.

          Eeither way, i sure hope you’d find useful tips on my blog and become a better freelancer or small business owner rather than trolling my comments section ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Amber Khan says

        There are certain situations in which one may need to transfer funds from Paypal to Skrill. For example in my case, I am from Pakistan and Paypal does not operates in Pakistan. As some websites such as only withdraw money to Paypal so I signed up to a Paypal account when I was in Australia on a 6 months scholarship while completing my PhD. I verified it with my Australian temporary bank account but now I am in Pakistan and my Australian bank account is not active anymore. I have a verified Paypal and I can withdraw money from Guru to Paypal but can not withdraw that money to my Bank so I need to transfer my payments to Skrill from my Paypal account so that I may withdraw those earnings to my Pakistani Bank account. As of now I use a third party to transfer my funds to Skrill from Paypal. :)
        Now before you ask which third party I am using, I use Odesk and Freelancer :) and they take 10+% of the whole amount and other charges from paypal and Skrill are additional so we need a direct and cheap way to transfer money from Paypal to Skrill. :)
        I hope that now you understand the problem. Many people in Pakistan Bangladesh and other countries where Paypal does not operates, have Paypal accounts that are registered from other countries while they visit those countries but they can not withdraw funds from Paypal to their bank accounts and they are hesitant in telling that they have signed up for Paypal from another country so after reading NO in your post they just move on to another website without answering your questions. I hope that your confusion is resolved. :)
        Thanks for reading…

        • says

          Thanks for your comment, Amber! It indeed sheds some light how one can be registered in PayPal but then – cannot withdraw money in their local bank. But then again, why not keep open that other bank account in that other country?

          If we take the case you described – you registered with PayPal while in Australia, and you verified your Australian bank account. Can’t you keep your Australian bank account open and operate your money from it while in Pakistan?

          (I am asking because it is possible where i live, so i was wondering if it is or isn’t possible in Pakistan as well?)

  7. W.jonson says – Solutions for Money exchange between PayPal and Skrill (also known as MoneyBookers). Instant Money transfer to your Skrill or Moneybookers account within next 10 minutes after we receive your Payment.

    • says

      Thanks for your comment, W.jonson – hope my readers will find your site useful. But please, readers, make sure you do your won research before sending over your money. I do NOT vouch for this site and i have never used its services and to be honest – i wouldn’t.

      It is not a coincidence there are escrow services – direct money transactions like those described in W.jonson’s site are NOT recommended. You’ve been warned ๐Ÿ˜€

      • says

        Oh, that was my initial reaction, too as i don’t trust such websites… but since my readers from Bangladesh appear to be desperate for a solution, i decided to approve the previous comment and a attach a warning to it…

        However, Dan, can you please tell me why do you think this website is a scam? If it is a long story, email me – i would love to post your story on the blog to help fellow freelancers in need of a solution for transferring money from paypal to skrill – well, at least help them out NOT to get scammed.

          • says

            Thanks for your comment, Dan – i also got your long story in my email, thanks for that, too!

            Dear readers, in January i will be posting a follow up post on Dan’s experience and why the website appears to be scam… Stay tuned!

        • Muc says

          Hi Diana have you ever heard about Their website says that they can do transfer from Paypal to Skrill, visa, etc and their fees varies from 7-10%.

          • says

            I am not familiar with this website, Muc – but as i said somewhere in the comments before, i would strongly advise _against_ using such sites as a general rule of thumb. The concept of this type of websites is a predicament for scam – i am not even sure if it is legal to do such transfers.

            Unless the site is property of a reputable company which is known for online payments and such transfer is an add-on type of service, then i would advice NOT to use it.

            Hope this helps :)

  8. mario says

    well i’m really sick and loosing patience with paypal…I’m from Croatia,europe and i just sold one thing to one guy who’s btw from USA, and when he tried to pay me with sending the money to my paypal account he wasn’t been able to do it.I do have verified paypal account but the bloody thing keep on saying when i click on REQUEST money that i have to set up my account.I said to myself oki doki,but when i click on this i got this message:To receive payments with PayPal, choose a Visa card issued in Croatia or a bank account in the U.S. to link to your PayPal account. You must withdraw payments from your available balance before you can spend it.

    Your available balance is automatically transferred on the first day of every month to your linked card or bank account.

    You can also withdraw payments from your available balance to your linked card or bank account at any time.

    Since i don’t have bank account in USA as i’m a european i decided to link my debit card to it be able to receive funds but the funny fact is:
    Where do you want to transfer your payments?
    My Visaยฎ Card issued in Croatia My bank account in the U.S.

    Available PayPal balance Visa card

    Choose a Visa debit or credit card issued in Croatia to link to your PayPal account. Weโ€™ll send your withdrawals to this card, minus a fee. Then you can then use the payments any way you want.

    Your available balance is automatically transferred on the first day of every month. You can also withdraw payments any time you want.

    Learn more about withdrawals.

    NOW i’m only able to link VISA card despite saying in this message that they do support other debt cards,since i don’t have VISA how the hell should i link anything to my paypal account,and the funniest fact about this is that verification process required from me to send them infos about my debt card which is btw,Mastercard and i already send them infos that i’m the real owner of the card and now they’re saying to me that i can actually only use VISA which i don’t have nor i’m planning to make it at all…And now i just found out that the US guy can’t actually send me the money from paypal to skrill which i have btw,guess i will have to say him to make skrill account afterall and paypal thinks they’re user friendly…No hard feelings but i think they’re user friendly only to they US customers :(

    • says

      Hey, Mario!

      I am sorry to hear about your negative experience.

      However, it is a standard practice to ask for VISA card as those are the only (i think) debit cards cleared for international and/or online transactions. You can have a debit card Visa, not necessary to be a credit card.

      Don’t know about Croatia but since it EU, i suppose it’s the same – you should be able to have several cards tied to the same bank account, Meaning that the easiest way to operate with your money through PayPal might be just issuing a Visa debit card to your existing bank account, This way you can continue using the money on your ban account with the MasterCard at home and with the visa card – online (incl. through Paypal and similar platforms, amazon, etc.)

      I am doing just that and i have never had any problems. Hope this helps ๐Ÿ˜€

      By the way, i think Skrill require a visa card as well (debit or credit, doesn’t matter). Do you say Skrill accept your MasterCard debit card as payment method there? Let em know and thanks!

  9. says

    I just googled about this and found your article. Thank you for describing so clearly.

    I wanted to know if it is possible, because paypal does not allow to open account from Bangladesh :( and I am in Bangladesh. So if it was possible, I would be so glad.

    • says

      Thanks for stopping by, Tahmid, and for telling me why you asked this question in the first place. I am glad you found my post clear and informative – and i am so sorry i couldn’t be of more help :-(

      I will keep my fingers crossed that PayPal will start operating in Bangladesh as well one day, an soon!

  10. Momin Ali says

    Hello Diana,

    first of all let me thank you for your excellent and clear post,

    “it is not possible to transfer money from paypal to skrill or vice-versa”. I am a freelancer and i also had the same problem with paypal as already mentioned above the comments(visa and master card). i also looked up for paypal to skrill exchangers and found most of them suspicious. so the best way for people in south-east Asian countries like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh is International wire transfer directly from your escrow account to your local bank. In India ICICI Bank has the smoothest and timely transactions and ICICI Bank Visa debit card is accepted by both paypal and skrill . also credit cards are another easy way but credit cards are not very famous with people in south-east Asia. Another easy and fastest way was payoneer card but its services are withheld in India lately. so I would suggest my fellow south east Asian freelancers to use wire transfers in local currency. most freelancing website offer 1 free wire transfer in local currency every month.

    Hope it helps.

    • says

      hi, Momin Ali! It sure helps – it brought to me some new information about getting paid in India. Pakistan and Bangladesh – so i hope many readers will find that useful information when they cannot transfer their money from PayPal to Skrill… Thanks for adding to the conversation ๐Ÿ˜€

  11. makher says

    Well, in fact this is exactly what I was looking for. I cancella my business paypal account and switch to Skrill. Many of my customers they use PayPal and they have some amount of money on their PayPal account. SO if they want to buy from me they have to pay by Skrill and use they credit card, but they don t want to use their credit card,…

    Think this could be one of the answer about why somebody wants to transfer funds from payPal to Skrill…

    • says

      Right, yes, it can be yet another answer – thanks for adding to the conversation, Makher!

      For the record though, your clients, they can still withdraw money from Paypal and upload them to Skrill via their bank account or card… besides, you can pay with a credit card through PayPal and Skrill without having a PayPal or Skrill account – they both have direct payment processing. Mentioning it in case you don’t know it and missing on sales ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • says

        The problem with this is, many persons have in the past bought things with credit card then charged back saying they didn’t receive or that the transaction was unauthorized. This being said, At one point in time of USA residents we could set our paypal account to not accept credit cards. But they changed this and didn’t tell no one. I am being forced to pay $2,100USD to pay pal because of this. I had this setting set to no, so only money from their balance could be used to pay for my services. This was stopping the amount of scammers i run into in the niche that I am in. Now I am having to pay paypal back all this money because they chose to do away with this godsent setting. and They allowed someone to scam me and charge back after getting what they paid for.

        • says

          Right, i am sorry you have had bad experience as described. Maybe it is a good idea to work with a 3rd party platform handling payments in this case. But it is out of the topic about transferring funds from paypal to skrill and vise verse so i won’t go into it right now ๐Ÿ˜€ Good luck and i wish you no more similar problems in 2014 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  12. Lam Ch says

    I am a freelancer too and I found Paypal not to my fancy after getting limitation from them unreasonably. I am upset and got the feeling they hold my money for 6 months for illegal purposes like taking away the interest from that money. When you are doing honestly to make a living and fulfilled their requirements, sending them all personal infos lincluding visa bank statement, photo of prepaid visa card (front side) and still got a No, when most of your customers pay through PP and you have to hold your invoice for it to get to a limit and you can get paid only via wire transfer now, you would understand how I feel.

    I feel like sueing paypal or reporting it to some kind of agency even if I may not take back my money but dont know where to start. I am from Vietnam. The reason for limitation is because, from their explanation, my account got link to another limited account whose owner is my customer from Vietnam too. I haven’t got the money because that customer is limited when they made the unfinished money transfer order to my account.

    So it is my fault for not being a spy that knows every darkest secret my customer is holding. I made a search on the net and the reasons got more funny like I have to pace my time between adding fund and withdrawing fund, not to log in to my account too many times a day, not to withdrawing too much within a day. I am sorry but it is people freedom to do these things.

    I changed to use Skrill (Moneybooker) and found it more flexible and more reasonable for freelancers, I give them my true documents and I got approved, no bitchy reasons.

    I can ask my relative to open another paypal account but think otherwise because I dont know what kind of reason paypal will pull when they want to keep my money.

    That is why I prefer Skrill and my friend also think so. We love to stick with Skrill and want to know how to transfer fund between them, that is why I came across your site.

    • says

      right, i am sorry to hear about your negative experience with PayPal. I admit – i have never had problems before, let’s hope i never will ๐Ÿ˜€

      Unfortunately, there isn’t a way to transfer money between PayPal and Skrill directly (i guess you already know that now that you have read my post LOL) – sorry i cannot be of more help.

      But thanks, Lam, for adding one more reason to the list as of why someone would want to transfer money between the 2 sites ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. javeria says

    we want to link skrill with paypal because we are pakistani its very simple paypal never allowed pakistani to use paypal services and thats very bad all the time.

    • says

      Thanks for your comment, Javeria! I understand what you are saying – there were some other people stating the same reason.

      But let me ask you something – if Pakistani are not allowed to use PayPal – i would think that Pakistani are not allowed not only to withdraw money from PayPal but also to open account and receive money in PayPal, isn’t this correct?

      I mean, if you are not eligible to withdraw your money from PayPal – how did you create your account and receive your money in PayPal in the first place? as transferring it to Skrill implies you already have it in PayPal…

        • says

          I see, and can’t he send you the money via Western Union o something? Speculating here…

          Anyways, good luck then finding a solution. Unfortunately, i do not have one.

  14. LUKA says

    First impression with Skrill is bad.
    Those Judeo-British bastards politely stole 3.48$ from my credit account over”registration fee” without notifying me in advance.And now,yes,you guessed,no way I could recover that,since withdrawals costs 5.10$ any amount by CHEQUE ONLY?!!Holly coww….
    Paypal doesn’t do that but it does other nasty things.
    Choice between Skrill and Paypal is choice between cancer and tumor.PIGS!
    Choice is yours.

    • says

      Thanks for sharing your experience with us, Luca – and i am sorry it is so bad with both platforms. I am one of the lucky ones, i guess – who has never had problems with PayPal… and i am not using Skrill much so no problems there either.

      But hey, we can always choose not to use either, right? Stay positive ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. Eleese says

    Just to add on a little further… I live in the Netherlands and though we have Paypal,we don’t have the same usable features as Paypal U.S. As for simply using ones bankcard, most of the Netherlands are not linked by Visa, Mastercard, and American Express….we have Maestro, which is like Mastercard but not interchangeable from country to country so easy.

    • says

      Thanks for the addition, Eleese, and for letting us know how it is in the Netherlands. But i am a bit confused.

      Are you saying that being in the Netherlands you cannot have a Visa or Master card and PayPal doesn’t accept your Maestro card?

  16. Rehan says

    I want to sell products on Ebay and I am based in Pakistan. Ebay operates in Pakistan where as Paypal does not.Therefore I cannot link my local bank account with Paypal hence making me out of this business.Majority of the people around the world trust and use Paypal. They pays out for their purchases through their Paypal account, verified by Ebay. I am trying to find a legitimate way of getting my payments in Pakistan if i sell something on Ebay? I’ll appreciate for every positive response.

    • says

      Hello, Rehan! Thanks for your comment and congrats on your new business venture! Unfortunately – i cannot assist you in this matter. I have never used Ebay in my life and have no idea what that platform procedures are. But i suggest you contact Ebay’s support. Since you bring business to them by selling your products through their platform, i believe they would be interested into hearing about your difficulties and accommodating your needs – if nothing else, you will get a definitive answer if you can sell your products on Ebay from Pakistan and how to collect your revenue afterwards, Good luck!

  17. Angjel says

    Hi Diana, its good that you took this step at asking PayPal this very asked question, good job Diana, thanks. I use PayPal and Moneybookers (Skrill) every single day, and I know about that transfer that is not allowed from PayPal to Skrill and from Skrill to PayPal, but I can tell you how people help each other.
    If you want to purchase from Ebay or some other websites that allow PayPal than you need to have funds on PayPal, but if someone wants to withdraw their money they use Skrill a lot, because it is more cheaper.
    So if I want money on my PayPal I just try to find someone who wants money on Skrill, and we do the transfer, I send him on Skrill and he sends me to PayPal, very easy and helpful, but you need to be extra careful because there are a lot of scam people that will use your need and never give you your money, please be careful when you do this.
    I like PayPal and Skrill they are awesome, but the only think that I hate much about PayPal is that the fee is very large when you send money from one PayPal account to other PayPal account, the fee is extremely huge, if you send 2$ to other account, PayPal will take you 0.39$ as a fee which is very large. In Skrill that is very chceap, sending money from one Skrill to another Skrill is very very cheap, couple of cents.
    That’s my experience with this two sites, if you are interested in some money transfer you can contact me, because I need money on Skrill, so if you are interested I will give you money on PayPal and you will give me money on Skrill. For every transfer I will give you a little bonus, because I really need that transfer, thanks, hope I helped a lot from you guys. Regards.

    • says

      Thanks for your comment, Angjel – but the way you describe for transferring money from PayPal to Skrill and vise versa is not a good one – due to the reasons you say – there are A LOT of scam people out there. No offense, but you can be one of them, too ๐Ÿ˜‰

      Luckily, i can operate with both PayPal and Skrill so i have never needed such transfer – however, i would never recommend using third party’s website (like this scam website i blogged about) or people whom i don’t know…The sad truth is that there are a lot of people waiting out there to take advantage of you and steal your money.

  18. Nick Pro says

    You can link Skrill and Payoneer, also you can link Payoneer and PayPal. In some countries this is probably the only way you can (indirectly) link Skrill and PayPal.

    • says

      Thanks for the tip, Nick – i did NOT know this is possible but i am sure it will be very useful information for many of the readers here. Would you like to write a guest post on the topic? A how to (with screenshots and all) how one can make the transfer through Payoneer? That would be awesome – let me know! ๐Ÿ˜€

  19. Muhammad says

    I can help you transfer funds from Paypal to Moneybookers (Skrill) and will just charge you 10 % fees. You may have a try for as low as $ 10.

    • Angjel says

      Hi, I may need your help, can you add me Skype: doctor_dokins1
      Or even on my email address you can contact me: doctordokins @ yahoo . co . uk

      • says

        Hey, Muhammad and Angjel! Thanks for your comments.

        You are free to do whatever you want but please, know that i am NOT vouching for the services of Muhammad – i don’t know him; i have never used his services and for what i know, he might as well be the owner of a scam website for transferring money ๐Ÿ˜€

        • Muhammad says

          I don’t use any website to transfer but provide my personal services through my own account and therefore charging too low fees. I have also kept minimum amount to be transferred $ 10 with only 10% commission so that the trust could be developed.

  20. Gila says

    I actually have my Skrill mastercard connected to Paypal without any problems, and can pay with that cc through Paypal. And the reason I would love to do it the other way around – I can get cash from my Skrill card, without having to go through my bank account. Sometimes, it is just more convenient.

    • says

      Thanks for your comment, Gila – interesting that you can verify your card in your PayPal and can send funds from it to PayPal but not the other way around?

      Just to be sure i understood you correctly – you did verify your Skrill card as a payment method in PayPal – and you are NOT just making payments with your Skrill card via PayPal without actually logging in to your paypal account (as seen here), correct? thanks!

  21. Nikola says

    Ok I must to answer to big question paypal to skrill

    YEA there are many reason for to transfer money from paypall to skrill
    In my country paypal doesn’t have option to withdraw to my bank, visa,master account, due to I live in SERBIA

    My only way is o use skrill witch is cool :)

    best regards

    • says

      Right, hopefully PayPal will soon start to operate in Serbia (which i thought they did mid 2013 but i guess not :D) – in the meantime, read the comments here; there are some good ideas how to transfer money from PayPal to Skrill indirectly… if/when i write a blog post on the topic, i will reference it here as well ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Nikola!

  22. says

    Converting PayPal balance to cash is not easy in many countries, thats why some of us try other methods eg skrill…just to fasten the process of converting to cash

    • says

      Thanks for your comment, Mark – but i think what you say became apparent some time ago – after all, there are more than 50 comments on this post answering my question as of why… ๐Ÿ˜€ Do you have a specific reason why you want to transfer money between Skrill and PayPal instead of just withdrawing to your bank card or account? (As that is the problem of the majority of people – that they cannot withdraw money directly to their banks) – thanks! :)

  23. murado says

    hi diana,
    my paypal account is using my prepaid moneybookers mastercard

    i dont know but here its working, i can upload money to my prepaid card and pay with paypal.. but transferring to skril is not possible.

    • says

      Hi, Murado! Yes, you can upload funds to any card and pay via PayPal even if you don;t have an account there… I think the problem people have is withdrawing money from PayPal to a bank account and/or card…

      let me ask you – did you actually verify your Skrill MasterCard in your PayPal account as a payment method?

      As support told me that is not possible… i should make one of those and try it hands-on myself ๐Ÿ˜€

  24. chaniqua says

    I live outside the US also and i had issues retrieving my money from paypal. But i use payoneer to link my my paypal account to my payoneer mastercard which can be used in any atm worldwide that accepts mastercard. You can also verify your paypal with payoneer; as payoneer gives you a US bank account which you can use to withdraw and verify in paypal, the money goes to your paypal mastercard. I even did a blog review on payoneer mastercard to inform others.

    • says

      Thanks for your comment, Chaniqua – but i am a bit confused – you once speak about your payoneer card but then, out of the blue – about your PayPal master card?

      Can you please clarify and/or confirm – you are able to withdraw money from PayPal to your Payoneer card and then use the funds with your Payoneer card worldwide?

      Thanks! :)

      • chaniqua says

        Hi Diana, I understand why you are confused, I actually made a mistake, I meant *payoneer prepaid Debit Mastercard* and yes it does work at all atms that accepts mastercard. You withdraw your money from paypal to your payoneer account by clicking profile, add bank (enter your bank info given to you by payoneer) . After you add your bank account, click withdraw to your bank account and the amount, the money will be transferred to you payoneer account and thus mastercard.

        • says

          OK, this is excellent news then – as Payoneer is big in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the rest in the region, right? And those are the countries who experience the problem of not being able to withdraw money from PayPal in the first place…

          I am surprised it took nearly 90 comments on this post to get to this very simple solution freelancers in that region have at their disposal…

          Are there any restrictions to using Payoneer? (i am not familiar with the service)

          • chaniqua says

            Payoneer is supported by over 200 countries. There are no restrictions as far as i am concerned or aware of. After applying, payoneer will review your account and approve it, this is when they give you your us bank information and your master card’s expected arrival date. When applying for payoneer, persons must ensure that the data that they enter are completely accurate such as name ( as you will be asked to verify this using national id), your address (as this is where your card will be shipped) and so on.

            • says

              Great, thanks for your clarification, Chaniqua – i am going to put up a notice on top of this post – so people can scroll down to your comment and see your insights. I sure hope this helps freelancers in that region… ๐Ÿ˜€

  25. says

    IF you really want to know why i need to transfer money from PP to Skrill, i then tell you that a vendor doesn’t use paypal service for payments, but skrill. and i have money in my paypal account, from my online activities and jobs.

    • says

      Thanks for your comment, Michaelzu… Sure thing – from the many comments already available here, i now know better why someone would want to transfer money from paypal to skrill.

      As to why YOU want to transfer money – well, if you don’t have the problem many people already mentioned and all you need to do is move some money around – why not try doing it indirectly – from PayPal to your bank account or card and then upload to skrill?

  26. Ando says

    Probably no one in the USA will understan:
    why someone want to transfert money from Skrill to Paypal or vise versa?
    when someone ask how to buy paypal credit from amazon?
    How to have an appleid without credit/debit card?
    how to buy iphone apps in xxxxxx country? etc…

    The simplest reason is, all the most popular services never care about little country…
    for example I have a debit master card, I can buy on amazon, google play, I can link with skrill, but My preferences are iTunesStore, ebay, paypal, etc and i don’t have access with the same master card on my favorite payment service PAYPAL.
    This is a stupid/funny question. but personnaly I really need that, directly or indirecty, it doesnt’t matter the fee will be 50%

    • says

      Hi, Ando – you are probably right some people in the US wouldn’t understand – but that has nothing to do with this post or my question, for that matter… When it was asked (almost 100 comments ago), i really had no idea why would someone want to transfer money directly from PayPal to Skrill…

      Now (100 comments later) i understand that PayPal doesn’t operate in a lot of countries like India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and/or some other in that region and that was the main reason for many to want to skip the bank in the equation and fo the transfer directly. Luckily – there are other ways to do indirect transfer as well, as it became clear at some point from the comments ๐Ÿ˜‰

      As to you comment – if you don’t care if the transfer is direct or indirect, why not try some indirect ways? This post states that the _direct_ transfer is not possible – but if you read through the many comments already available, you would get some good ideas how to transfer money between paypal and skrill indirectly (via your bank account or card, via payoneer, via freelance sites, etc.) – good luck ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. ali raza says

    Question might be stupid but your answer is big stupid. People want to withdraw their money from PayPal because they don not have US bank account or a valid debit card and they want to use skrill to withdraw their money directly from PayPal.

    People verify their PayPal with some virtual credit card or virtual US bank account, which later does not allow them to withdraw their money and thatโ€™s whey they are willing to connect their skrill with paypal.
    Hope you understand the desire of people and will suggest good way to withdraw their money.

    • says

      No need to be rude, Ali – neither the question is stupid, nor the answer… Maybe a language barrier lead to a misunderstanding of some kind.

      It is peculiar you say people don not have US bank accounts or a valid debit cards and they want to use skrill to withdraw their money directly from PayPal – but how would they withdraw their money from Skrill if they don; have a valid debit card or bank account?

      I do understand the problem that people have – after all, once i published the post, i asked my readers for answers and they gave me the answers – 100+ of them ๐Ÿ˜‰

      The problem is way bigger – and it is well addressed already in the post AND in the comments… I would suggest you read thoroughly through all available comments.

      The blog post states the direct transfer from PayPal to Skrill isn’t possible – and it isn’t. But in the comments, there are many suggestions which are good options for indirect transfer, different ways depending on location. Good luck!

  28. says

    Hi, all! If you are reading this comment – this probably means you have read all the other 107 comments already available on the post – and i thank you for it!

    Due to increased spam and rude, offensive, and other type of inappropriate comments i started to get on this blog post, i am closing the comments on this one.

    I will be writing a white paper on the topic of transferring money from paypal to skrill – but in the meantime, i invite you to read all available comments.

    The blog post states the direct transfer from PayPal to Skrill isnโ€™t possible โ€“ and it isnโ€™t. But in the comments, there are several viable suggestions for indirect transfer, different ways work in different countries. G

    and if you have a suggestion which has not been mentioned so far in the comments, please feel free to email me at diana [at] dianamarinova [dot] com – i would gladly look into it.

    Don’t send me spam though – i won’t reply to spam messages which have the purpose of asking me to help with money transfers; or which have the purpose to offend my readers, commenters or myself in some way.

    Thank you for understanding and for reading ๐Ÿ˜€


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