TRAVEL TIPS: FOREIGN CURRENCY

Making sure that you have the right currency when you travel to a new country is very important. Typically the exchange rate changes day to day and making sure that you get the best exchange rate for your money is a critical factor in enjoying your trip. Here are few tips to make sure that you can successfully exchange your money for foreign currency.


1. Use ATMs and Credit Cards
You will almost always get the best interbank exchange rate when buying foreign currency with either ATM cards or credit cards, which will usually be 2 to 7 percent better than the rates you’ll get when exchanging cash. Check with local banks for favorable exchange rates.

 2. Change cash into the local currency upon arrival, but not at the airport
Most major airports will have currency exchange offices to trade in your dollars for the local currency. Due to the convenience factor, the exchange rate is less favorable than that at a local bank and you’ll probably be hit with fees or service charges on top of that, making the overall cost of conversion quite high. Local banks usually offer more favorable exchange rates.

3. Download a Free Currency Exchange Rate App
Taking the confusion out of knowing what the current exchange rate is for a particular country simply visit the Google Play Store and download on of the free Currency Exchange Rates to your mobile device. This way you can quickly and accurately check the current rate for the currency and country you desire.

Widely Used Worldwide Currencies

Country or territory Currency 


A
Afghanistan Afghan afghani AFN

Åland Islands (Finland) European euro EUR

Albania Albanian lek ALL

Algeria Algerian dinar DZD

American Samoa (USA) United States dollar USD

Andorra European euro EUR

Angola Angolan kwanza AOA

Anguilla (UK) East Caribbean dollar XCD

Antigua and Barbuda East Caribbean dollar XCD

Argentina Argentine peso ARS

Armenia Armenian dram AMD

Aruba (Netherlands) Aruban florin AWG

Australia Australian dollar AUD

Austria European euro EUR

Azerbaijan Azerbaijani manat AZN
B

Bahamas Bahamian dollar BSD

Bahrain Bahraini dinar BHD

Bangladesh Bangladeshi taka BDT

Barbados Barbadian dollar BBD

Belarus Belarusian ruble BYR

Belgium European euro EUR

Belize Belize dollar BZD

Benin West African CFA franc XOF

Bermuda (UK) Bermudian dollar BMD

Bhutan Bhutanese ngultrum BTN

Bolivia Bolivian boliviano BOB

Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina convertible mark BAM

Botswana Botswana pula BWP

Brazil Brazilian real BRL

British Indian Ocean Territory (UK) United States dollar USD

British Virgin Islands (UK) United States dollar USD

Brunei Brunei dollar BND

Bulgaria Bulgarian lev BGN

Burkina Faso West African CFA franc XOF

Burundi Burundi franc BIF
C

Cabo Verde Cape Verdean escudo CVE

Cambodia Cambodian riel KHR

Cameroon Central African CFA franc XAF

Canada Canadian dollar CAD

Caribbean Netherlands (Netherlands) United States dollar USD

Cayman Islands (UK) Cayman Islands dollar KYD

Central African Republic Central African CFA franc XAF

Chad Central African CFA franc XAF

Chile Chilean peso CLP

China Chinese Yuan Renminbi CNY

Christmas Island (Australia) Australian dollar AUD

Cocos (Keeling) Islands (Australia) Australian dollar AUD

Colombia Colombian peso COP

Comoros Comorian franc KMF

Congo, Republic of the Central African CFA franc XAF

Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congolese franc CDF

Cook Islands (New Zealand) Cook Islands dollar none

Costa Rica Costa Rican colon CRC

Cote d’Ivoire West African CFA franc XOF

Croatia Croatian kuna HRK

Cuba Cuban peso CUP

Curaçao (Netherlands) Netherlands Antillean guilder ANG

Cyprus European euro EUR

Czech Republic Czech koruna CZK
D
Denmark Danish krone DKK

Djibouti Djiboutian franc DJF

Dominica East Caribbean dollar XCD

Dominican Republic Dominican peso DOP
E
Ecuador United States dollar USD

Egypt Egyptian pound EGP

El Salvador United States dollar USD

Equatorial Guinea Central African CFA franc XAF

Eritrea Eritrean nakfa ERN

Estonia European euro EUR

Ethiopia Ethiopian birr ETB
F
Falkland Islands (UK) Falkland Islands pound FKP

Faroe Islands (Denmark) Faroese krona none

Fiji Fijian dollar FJD

Finland European euro EUR

France European euro EUR

French Guiana (France) European euro EUR

French Polynesia (France) CFP franc XPF
G
Gabon Central African CFA franc XAF

Gambia Gambian dalasi GMD

Georgia Georgian lari GEL

Germany European euro EUR

Ghana Ghanaian cedi GHS

Gibraltar (UK) Gibraltar pound GIP

Greece European euro EUR

Greenland (Denmark) Danish krone DKK

Grenada East Caribbean dollar XCD

Guadeloupe (France) European euro EUR

Guam (USA) United States dollar USD

Guatemala Guatemalan quetzal GTQ

Guernsey (UK) Guernsey Pound GGP

Guinea Guinean franc GNF

Guinea-Bissau West African CFA franc XOF

Guyana Guyanese dollar GYD
HHaiti Haitian gourde HTG

Honduras Honduran lempira HNL

Hong Kong (China) Hong Kong dollar HKD

Hungary Hungarian forint HUF
IIceland Icelandic krona ISK

India Indian rupee INR

Indonesia Indonesian rupiah IDR

International Monetary Fund (IMF) SDR (Special Drawing Right) XDR

Iran Iranian rial IRR

Iraq Iraqi dinar IQD

Ireland European euro EUR

Isle of Man (UK) Manx pound IMP

Israel Israeli new sheqel ILS

Italy European euro EUR
JJamaica Jamaican dollar JMD

Japan Japanese yen JPY

Jersey (UK) Jersey pound JEP

Jordan Jordanian dinar JOD
KKazakhstan Kazakhstani tenge KZT

Kenya Kenyan shilling KES

Kiribati Australian dollar AUD

Kosovo European euro EUR

Kuwait Kuwaiti dinar KWD

Kyrgyzstan Kyrgyzstani som KGS
LLaos Lao kip LAK

Latvia European euro EUR

Lebanon Lebanese pound LBP

Lesotho Lesotho loti LSL

Liberia Liberian dollar LRD

Libya Libyan dinar LYD

Liechtenstein Swiss franc CHF

Lithuania European euro EUR

Luxembourg European euro EUR
MMacau (China) Macanese pataca MOP

Macedonia Macedonian denar MKD

Madagascar Malagasy ariary MGA

Malawi Malawian kwacha MWK

Malaysia Malaysian ringgit MYR

Maldives Maldivian rufiyaa MVR

Mali West African CFA franc XOF

Malta European euro EUR

Marshall Islands United States dollar USD

Martinique (France) European euro EUR

Mauritania Mauritanian ouguiya MRO

Mauritius Mauritian rupee MUR

Mayotte (France) European euro EUR

Mexico Mexican peso MXN

Micronesia United States dollar USD

Moldova Moldovan leu MDL

Monaco European euro EUR

Mongolia Mongolian tugrik MNT

Montenegro European euro EUR

Montserrat (UK) East Caribbean dollar XCD

Morocco Moroccan dirham MAD

Mozambique Mozambican metical MZN

Myanmar Myanmar kyat MMK
NNamibia Namibian dollar NAD

Nauru Australian dollar AUD

Nepal Nepalese rupee NPR

Netherlands European euro EUR

New Caledonia (France) CFP franc XPF

New Zealand New Zealand dollar NZD

Nicaragua Nicaraguan cordoba NIO

Niger West African CFA franc XOF

Nigeria Nigerian naira NGN

Niue (New Zealand) New Zealand dollar NZD

Norfolk Island (Australia) Australian dollar AUD

North Korea North Korean won KPW

Northern Mariana Islands (USA) United States dollar USD

Norway Norwegian krone NOK
OOman Omani rial OMR
PPakistan Pakistani rupee PKR

Palau United States dollar USD

Palestine Israeli new sheqel ILS

Panama United States dollar USD

Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinean kina PGK

Paraguay Paraguayan guarani PYG

Peru Peruvian nuevo sol PEN

Philippines Philippine peso PHP

Pitcairn Islands (UK) New Zealand dollar NZD

Poland Polish zloty PLN

Portugal European euro EUR

Puerto Rico (USA) United States dollar USD
QQatar Qatari riyal QAR
RReunion (France) European euro EUR

Romania Romanian leu RON

Russia Russian ruble RUB

Rwanda Rwandan franc RWF
SSaint Barthélemy (France) European euro EUR

Saint Helena (UK) Saint Helena pound SHP

Saint Kitts and Nevis East Caribbean dollar XCD

Saint Lucia East Caribbean dollar XCD

Saint Martin (France) European euro EUR

Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) European euro EUR

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines East Caribbean dollar XCD

Samoa Samoan tala WST

San Marino European euro EUR

Sao Tome and Principe Sao Tome and Principe dobra STD

Saudi Arabia Saudi riyal SAR

Senegal West African CFA franc XOF

Serbia Serbian dinar RSD

Seychelles Seychellois rupee SCR

Sierra Leone Sierra Leonean leone SLL

Singapore Singapore dollar SGD

Sint Maarten (Netherlands) Netherlands Antillean guilder ANG

Slovakia European euro EUR

Slovenia European euro EUR

Solomon Islands Solomon Islands dollar SBD

Somalia Somali shilling SOS

South Africa South African rand ZAR

South Korea South Korean won KRW

South Sudan South Sudanese pound SSP

Spain European euro EUR

Sri Lanka Sri Lankan rupee LKR

Sudan Sudanese pound SDG

Suriname Surinamese dollar SRD

Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) Norwegian krone NOK

Swaziland Swazi lilangeni SZL

Sweden Swedish krona SEK

Switzerland Swiss franc CHF

Syria Syrian pound SYP
TTaiwan New Taiwan dollar TWD

Tajikistan Tajikistani somoni TJS

Tanzania Tanzanian shilling TZS

Thailand Thai baht THB

Timor-Leste United States dollar USD

Togo West African CFA franc XOF

Tokelau (New Zealand) New Zealand dollar NZD

Tonga Tongan paʻanga TOP

Trinidad and Tobago Trinidad and Tobago dollar TTD

Tunisia Tunisian dinar TND

Turkey Turkish lira TRY

Turkmenistan Turkmenistani manat TMT

Turks and Caicos Islands (UK) United States dollar USD

Tuvalu Australian dollar AUD
UUganda Ugandan shilling UGX

Ukraine Ukrainian hryvnia UAH

United Arab Emirates UAE dirham AED

United Kingdom Pound sterling GBP

United States of America United States dollar USD

Uruguay Uruguayan peso UYU

US Virgin Islands (USA) United States dollar USD

Uzbekistan Uzbekistani som UZS
VVanuatu Vanuatu vatu VUV

Vatican City (Holy See) European euro EUR

Venezuela Venezuelan bolivar VEF

Vietnam Vietnamese dong VND
WWallis and Futuna Islands (France) CFP franc XPF
YYemen Yemeni rial YER
ZZambia Zambian kwacha ZMW

Zimbabwe United States dollar USD

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