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South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands - Pound Sterling - Currency Guide

 

Foreign exchange guide to the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands and the Pound Sterling (GBP)

   

General Currency Info - Pound Sterling

The British pound (ISO: GBP) is one base unit of sterling – that being the name of Britain's currency – and is subdivided into 100 pence.

Contributing to around 13% of all foreign exchange deals, the pound, or sterling, is the world’s fourth most traded currency.

Reputedly, sterling is 1200 years old. It is said that Anglo-Saxon traders used silver pennies in the eighth century called ‘sterlings’, 240 of which would equal one pound in weight.

Due to its membership of the European Union, Britain could have adopted the euro as its currency upon its introduction in 1999, however the British government opted against this because it wanted to retain monetary policy independence and because it perceived euro adoption as offering only small economic benefits.

In recent years, the most significant event to affect sterling’s valuation was the UK’s vote to leave the European Union on June 24th 2016 – a day on which the exchange rate for GBP/USD fell by as much as 11%.

In the past two decades, the pound’s highest valuation against the dollar occurred in November 2007 when GBP/USD reached 2.1161. Its lowest value came in October 2016, three-and-a-half months after the historic ‘Brexit’ vote, when GBP/USD reached 1.1905.

   

GBP News, Forecasts and Trends

GBP will rise to 1.25 against the euro according to Standard Bank. The coronavirus pandemic has replaced Brexit in the headlines and means that the deadline for a trade deal with the Eurozone this year could either be pushed back, delaying a risk for the currency, or see more favorable terms given to the U.K.

This is a remarkable change of fortunes for GBP which was sold-off after the Brexit vote and again after the virus forced a lockdown in London, the world’s largest foreign-exchange centre. Against the dollar, sterling touched the lowest level in 35 years in March as traders sought the safety of the USD.

For more GBP currency market forecasts you can read the full article Pound Sterling Forecasts. The below interactive chart shows the USD to GBP exchange rate, trend and recent alerts for the last 90 days.

   
Recent USD to GBP 90-day trend
 
ALERT:14-DAY LOWS |
USD/GBP at 0.8098 was trading 0.7% above AVG:0.8042 with LO:0.7635 and HI:0.8721 (90 days). ALERT: USD/GBP dropped to 14-DAY LOWS.

US Dollar to Pound Sterling - Historical Rates

USD/GBPPeriod to 29-MayDateRate
1.5% ▼1 Week22 May 20200.8220
1% ▲30 Days29 Apr 20200.8019
3.8% ▲90 Days29 Feb 20200.7799
2.1% ▲1 Year30 May 20190.7933
23.8% ▲5 Years31 May 20150.6543
18.4% ▲10 Years01 Jun 20100.6840
USD/GBP 10 year rates & changes to 29-May-2020 (0.8098)

US Dollar to Pound Sterling - Quick Conversions

USD GBP
U$ 1 £ 0.8101
U$ 5 £ 4.0505
U$ 10 £ 8.1010
U$ 20 £ 16.20
U$ 50 £ 40.51
U$ 100 £ 81.01
U$ 250 £ 202.53
U$ 500 £ 405.05
U$ 1,000 £ 810.10
U$ 2,000 £ 1,620
U$ 5,000 £ 4,051
U$ 10,000 £ 8,101
U$ 50,000 £ 40,505
U$ 100,000 £ 81,010
More amounts
USD GBP
U$ 1.2343 £ 1
U$ 6.1715 £ 5
U$ 12.34 £ 10
U$ 24.69 £ 20
U$ 61.72 £ 50
U$ 123.43 £ 100
U$ 308.58 £ 250
U$ 617.15 £ 500
U$ 1,234 £ 1,000
U$ 2,469 £ 2,000
U$ 6,172 £ 5,000
U$ 12,343 £ 10,000
U$ 61,715 £ 50,000
U$ 123,430 £ 100,000
More amounts

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What currency should I use in the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands?

The domestic currency in the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands is the Pound Sterling.

What is the Pound Sterling currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Pound Sterling is GBP — symbol is £.

Which countries use the Pound Sterling?

It is the domestic currency in    United Kingdom,   Guernsey,   Isle of Man,   Jersey and South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.

Is the Pound Sterling a closed currency?

No, the Pound Sterling is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?

 

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

South Georgia is one of the most visited locations in Antarctica. It is spectacularly picturesque and is frequently described as being "The Alps in the mid-ocean". Over half the island is permanently glaciated, wildlife is abundant, approach by sea is usually straightforward and it is steeped in the history of Antarctic exploration and the stories and relics of Antarctic whalers and sealers.

The South Sandwich Islands on the other hand are isolated and are not often visited other than by survey ships on scientific excursions. The prevailing weather conditions usually make the approach difficult, they rise very steeply out of the sea and are subject to active volcanism. The only access to South Georgia or the South Sandwich Islands is by sea, there are no flights.There is a small gift shop at Grytviken which will accept Falkland pounds, British pounds, American dollars and Euros. Water is sold by the tonne. Most large ships visiting the islands will sell basic supplies (razors, shampoo, hats, snacks), but otherwise it is unlikely you will have any use for whatever money you bring with you. As a British territory with such a small population and being as remote as it is, English is spoken by everyone. Grytviken is the one place on South Georgia still occupied today by the scientists and crew of the British Antarctic Survey. The name Grytviken means 'Pot Cove' after the sealers trypots, used for recovering the blubber from seals which were found there. It is the best harbour on the island, being a bay within a bay.

 

Travel money for the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

Save money and time by Ordering your Pounds Sterling online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the GBP 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 Pounds Sterling otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.

 
Provider Amount GBP(£) Exchange RateFee USDDeal Links
£801.97
1%
Best Overall
0.806U$5.00
U.S. Bank Foreign Cash
U.S. Bank logo
£758.30
6.39%
£44 less
0.75830
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
£750.71
7.33%
£51 less
0.758315
Wells Fargo Bank logo
£743.13
8.27%
£59 less
0.7583U$20
Travelex Online logo
£737.30
8.99%
£65 less
0.73730^
 
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TransferWise: Travel Money USD→GBP
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$5.00 USD (0.5% + U$1)
Exchange Rate:0.8060 (-0.51% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £801.97
Total Cost:1%
Time:21:29 Local
Currency Services:Multi-currency debit card with linked foreign bank accounts
Delivery/Collect:5-7 days
Rating:
 
: 4.6/5.0
Reviews:
 
U.S. Bank logo
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U.S. Bank: Travel Money USD→GBP
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:0.7583 (-6.39% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £758.30
Total Cost:6.39%
Time:21:29 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Banks - Average Rate
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Travel Money USD→GBP
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:0.7088 (-12.5% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £750.71
Total Cost:7.33%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
 
Wells Fargo Bank logo
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Wells Fargo Bank: Travel Money USD→GBP
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:0.7583 (-6.39% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £743.13
Total Cost:8.27%
Time:21:29 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
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Travelex Online: Travel Money USD→GBP
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:$0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:0.7373 (-8.99% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £737.30
Total Cost:8.99%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Sat May 30 2020 21:15:03 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:FREE Home delivery & Branch pickup
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 
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Snapshot 05/30/2020 - View live rates

Sending money to the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands you need to start with finding out the latest Pound Sterling foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).


Get a better deal for foreign transfers to the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

When sending money to the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands 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 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Pound Sterling amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted GBP amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in the South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands.

Use our Send to Pounds Sterling calculator to compare the exchange 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 Pounds Sterling deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

 

USD to GBP International Money Transfers

Foreign Transfer Provider Receive GBP(£) Exchange RateFee USDDeal Links
OFX logo
£803.60
0.8%
Best Overall
0.80360^
XE logo
£797.90
1.51%
£5.7 less
0.79790
HSBC logo
£777.23
4.06%
£26 less
0.7784U$1.50
U.S. Bank International Money Transfers
U.S. Bank logo
£775.20
4.31%
£28 less
0.77520
Bank of America International Money Transfers
Bank of America logo
£763.57
5.74%
£40 less
0.7752U$15
Wells Fargo Bank logo
£763.62
5.74%
£40 less
0.7792U$20
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Bank of America logo HSBC logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
£769.91
4.96%
£34 less
0.777015
 
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OFX: Foreign Transfer USD→GBP
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally $12 for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:0.8036 (0.8% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £803.60
Total Cost:0.8%
Time:
Rate Fetched: 21:29 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
 
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XE: Foreign Transfer USD→GBP
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:
Exchange Rate:0.7979 (1.51% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £797.90
Total Cost:1.51%
Difference:
£5.7 GBP less than using OFX
Time:21:29 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone
Rating:
 
: 3.5/5.0
Reviews:
 
HSBC logo
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HSBC: Foreign Transfer USD→GBP
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$1.50 USD (.15%)
Exchange Rate:0.7784 (3.91% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £777.23
Total Cost:4.06%
Difference:
£26 GBP less than using OFX
Time:21:29 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
U.S. Bank logo
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U.S. Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→GBP
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:0.7752 (4.31% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £775.20
Total Cost:4.31%
Difference:
£28 GBP less than using OFX
Time:21:29 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Bank of America logo
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Bank of America: Foreign Transfer USD→GBP
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$15 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:0.7752 (4.31% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £763.57
Total Cost:5.74%
Difference:
£40 GBP less than using OFX
Time:21:29 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Wells Fargo Bank logo
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Wells Fargo Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→GBP
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:0.7792 (3.81% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £763.62
Total Cost:5.74%
Difference:
£40 GBP less than using OFX
Time:21:29 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Banks - Average Rate
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Foreign Transfer USD→GBP
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:0.7736 (4.51% from mid-rate)
To Amount (GBP) £769.91
Total Cost:4.96%
Difference:
£34 GBP less than using OFX
Transfer Speed:
Services:
 
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Snapshot 05/30/2020 - View live rates

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