Foreign Exchange Guide to Vatican City
In this guide we review :
- Euro info - general info about the Euro
- Euro in the markets - recent EUR moves and predictions from the FX markets
- Travelling in Vatican City - currency & money saving tips
- Buying Euro cash online - travel money for Vatican City
- Sending money to Vatican City - save on Euro bank transfers to Vatican City
- Euro exchange rates - latest info & charts.
Euro (EUR) general currency information
The three letter currency code for the Euro is EUR and the symbol is €. It is the domestic currency in Eurozone, Aaland Islands, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, French Guinea, French Southern Territories, Germany, Greece, Guadeloupe, Vatican City, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Mayotte, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Portugal, Reunion, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre And Miquelon, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain.
The euro (ISO: EUR) is involved in slightly more than 30% of all foreign exchange deals, and as such, is the world’s second most traded currency, behind the US dollar.
The euro is the currency of the eurozone (officially called the ‘euro area’), which consists of 19 of the 28 member states of the European Union, and is used by almost 350 million Europeans. It was introduced in January 1999.
Of all the thousands of exchange rates that exist in the world, the euro-to-US dollar exchange rate is the most actively traded, or most ‘liquid’.
Since its introduction, the euro’s lowest value against the dollar came in October 2000 when EUR/USD hit lows of 0.8231. The currency was strongest in July 2008, shortly before the worst stage of the 2007-2009 financial crisis, when EUR/USD reached 1.6038.
There are currently more than twenty nations and territories which peg their currencies to the euro, the largest of which is Denmark.
Euro (EUR) in the markets
The euro was the best performing major international currency in 2017 and it entered 2018 in equally good form. By mid-January, the euro was at three-year highs against the dollar above $1.22. It was stable against the British pound, at rates close to £0.89.
In early 2018, two pieces of bullish news fuelled widespread euro buying.
First, news that Angela Merkel’s CDU-CSU party bloc had achieved a breakthrough in coalition talks with the Social Democrats reduced political uncertainty in Europe’s largest economy.
Secondly, more hawkish-than-expected December meeting minutes from the ECB. At the meeting, policymakers discussed whether the bank would need to change its communication in 2018, which traders took to mean a potential upcoming signal for a further reduction in monthly asset purchases (akin to tighter monetary policy).
2018 Forecasts: European banks disagree on the outlook for the euro. While Danske Bank believes that a continuation of euro strength is likely – the bank sees EUR/USD at 1.25 at 2018 year-end – the team at ABN Amro believes the euro’s “resilience will be tested.” ABN predicts a EUR/USD rate of 1.15.
Danske sees EUR/GBP a little lower in 12 months’ time, at 0.86, from December ’17 rates near 0.887, but UBS forecast a much higher rate, at 0.95.
Vatican City currency and money saving tips
The actual Vatican is very small, a few buildings, but its meaning is global. Whatever it means to you, it is worth seeing. You don't need a tour, you can walk in and see it all, stunning architecture, and the awe of centuries of faith. Just, if you aren't up for a very hard climb and you want to see the view of Rome from the top, it can be a claustrophobic climb. Take the lift when you if you plan to see Rome from the top the Vatican. The climb to the lovely view at the top can be hard, and not very pleasant. The lift, however, can take you you up to one of the most amazing views of the city. Expect it to be crowded. Always expect a very long queue (30 mins minimum) as the queues are long every day. Rome is an expensive place to stay, but if you look around the internet you can can find good bargains. It is well worth looking around, you can find amazing places cheaper than most with a bit of effort.
Vatican City Trip Checklist
Travel money for Vatican City
Save money and time by Ordering your Euro online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the EUR cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.
Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.
For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Euro otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.
Sending money to Vatican City
When sending money to Vatican City it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 3 simple steps :
- Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
- You specify the local or Euro amount you want to transfer
- Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
- Once your funds are received by the provider the converted EUR amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Vatican City.
By comparing the rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Euro deposited into the recipient bank account in Vatican City and less margins and fees kept by the banks!