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Foreign exchange guide to Switzerland and the Swiss Franc (CHF)

   

General Currency Info - Swiss Franc

Contributing to roughly 5% of the foreign exchange market daily turnover, the Swiss franc (ISO: CHF) is the world’s seventh most traded currency.

The Swiss franc is traditionally considered Europe’s safe haven currency due to factors including Switzerland’s traditional position as a politically neutral country, its reputation for stability, impressive financial system, historically low inflation and its ability to consistently run a trade surplus. For this reason, the franc is likely to increase in value during periods of economic uncertainty or when global geopolitical risk is elevated, or during bouts of high market volatility.

To prevent unwanted currency appreciation, between September 2011 and January 2015 the franc’s value was pegged to the euro at a rate of Fr. 1.2. When Switzerland’s central bank unexpectedly abandoned the peg in 2015 it caused significant market turmoil.

Since 1995, against the world’s reserve currency, the US dollar, the Swiss franc’s lowest valuation came in October 2000 when CHF/USD traded at just 0.5465. Its post-1995 high came in August 2011 at 1.4152.

   

CHF News, Forecasts and Trends

The Swiss National Bank continues to reaffirm its commitment to an ultra-loose monetary policy, which includes negative interest rates and a willingness to intervene in FX markets, as part of an effort to spark inflation in the economy.

The SNB will be unhappy, therefore, with the franc’s strength in May.

Between April-23 and May-24 (the day of this report), the franc was the best performing G10 currency; it gained 2.2 percent against the euro, taking EUR/CHF back towards Fr1.12 and close to long-term lows (franc highs).

May’s strength reflected worsening sentiment towards the global economy, driven by a significant escalation in US-China trade tensions. As a safe haven, the franc typically gains value during tough times and sinks when investors gain confidence.

The below interactive chart shows the CHF to HKD exchange rate, trend and recent alerts for the last 90 days.

   
Recent CHF to HKD 90-day trend
 
ALERTS:1-DAY1.4% | 90-DAY HIGHS |
CHF to HKD at 8.5606 was trading 5% above AVG:8.1505 with LO:7.941 and HI:8.5606 (90 days). ALERTS: Today CHF/HKD was UP 1.4% and also rose to 90-DAY HIGHS.

Swiss Franc to Hong Kong Dollar - Historical Rates

CHF/HKD ratePeriod
27 Jul 2020 : 8.42931 Week
04 Jul 2020 : 8.195530 Days
05 May 2020 : 7.971490 Days
04 Aug 2019 : 7.96931 Year
05 Aug 2015 : 7.93085 Years
06 Aug 2010 : 7.449910 Years
CHF/HKD 10 year historic rates
 

HK$1,000 HKD
=
Fr116.85 CHF

Converted at HKD/CHF wholesale exchange rate, compare foreign transfer and spend/travel exchange rates.

 
 

Hong Kong Dollar to Swiss Franc - Quick Conversions

HKD CHF
HK$ 1 Fr 0.1169
HK$ 5 Fr 0.5845
HK$ 10 Fr 1.1690
HK$ 20 Fr 2.3380
HK$ 50 Fr 5.8450
HK$ 100 Fr 11.69
HK$ 250 Fr 29.23
HK$ 500 Fr 58.45
HK$ 1,000 Fr 116.90
HK$ 2,000 Fr 233.80
HK$ 5,000 Fr 584.50
HK$ 10,000 Fr 1,169
HK$ 50,000 Fr 5,845
HK$ 100,000 Fr 11,690
More amounts
HKD CHF
HK$ 8.5577 Fr 1
HK$ 42.79 Fr 5
HK$ 85.58 Fr 10
HK$ 171.15 Fr 20
HK$ 427.89 Fr 50
HK$ 855.77 Fr 100
HK$ 2,139 Fr 250
HK$ 4,279 Fr 500
HK$ 8,558 Fr 1,000
HK$ 17,115 Fr 2,000
HK$ 42,789 Fr 5,000
HK$ 85,577 Fr 10,000
HK$ 427,885 Fr 50,000
HK$ 855,770 Fr 100,000
More amounts

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What currency should I use in Switzerland?

The domestic currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc.

What is the Swiss Franc currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Swiss Franc is CHF — symbol is Fr.

Which countries use the Swiss Franc?

It is the domestic currency in    Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Is the Swiss Franc a closed currency?

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

 

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Switzerland

Switzerland is a well organized and safe country, however it is not cheap. Switzerland is one of the most beautiful places on earth – and beauty has a price! As one of the most expensive countries in Europe, Switzerland is often skipped over by budget travelers. Not only does Switzerland have great rural beauty but also the cities urban edge: capital Bern with its medieval old town and world-class modern art, Germanic Basel and its bold architecture, chic Geneva aside Europe’s largest lake, party-loving Lausanne, tycoon magnet Zug and uber-cool Zürich with its riverside bars, reborn industrial west district and atypical street grit.

What currency should I use in Switzerland?

Businesses throughout Switzerland, including most hotels and some restaurants and souvenir shops, will accept payment in euros. Change will be given in Swiss francs at the rate of exchange calculated on the day.

ATMs,called Bancomats in banks and Postomats in post offices, are widespread and accessible 24 hours. They accept most international bank or credit cards and have multilingual instructions. Your bank or credit-card company will often charge a 1% to 2.5% fee, and there may also be a small charge at the ATM end. Credit cards are widely accepted at hotels, shops and restaurants. EuroCard/MasterCard and Visa are the most popular.

Tipping is not necessary, given that hotels, restaurants, bars and even some taxis are legally required to include a 15% service charge in bills.

Change money at banks, airports and nearly every train station until late into the evening. Banks tend to charge about 5% commission; some money-exchange bureaus don’t charge commission at all.

Car rental can be pricey when you include the cost of fuel. Booking a rail pass helps you plan what you will be spending, and children travel for free. If you intend to travel by train, boat, bus or cable cars, a rail pass will help you save money. Take advantage of the rail pass extras. For example, the Swiss Travel Pass includes free entrance to hundreds of museums and allows free traveling on the most beautiful scenic routes, and some cable cars and cogwheel trains are free instead of discounted.

Even without a rail pass, traveling is free in some cases if you stay at certain hotels. Booking seats is not required for most trains, so you can save money by not doing so. Budget hotels are available, however top tourist towns are generally quite expensive.

Do I need a Visa for Switzerland?

Formalities are minimal when arriving in Switzerland by air, rail or road thanks to the Schengen Agreement, which allows passengers coming from the EU to enter without showing a passport. When arriving from a non-EU country, you'll need your passport or EU identity card – and visa if required – to clear customs. All non-EU travellers must carry a passport valid for at least three months beyond the planned departure date from Switzerland.

Switzerland has no explicit entry restrictions based on nationality or previous passport stamps, but citizens of some countries may require a visa. Visas are not required if you hold a passport from the UK, Ireland, the USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand, whether visiting as a tourist or on business. Citizens of the EU, Norwegians and Icelanders may also enter Switzerland without a visa. A maximum 90-day stay in a 180-day period applies, but passports are rarely stamped.

 

Travel money for Switzerland

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

 

Sending money to Switzerland

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Switzerland you need to start with finding out the latest Swiss Franc exchange rate for foreign-transfers, which can be very different to the wholesale 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 in the below table.

What are the property purchase restrictions and fees for foreigners in Switzerland?

Switzerland's "Lex Koller Law" (The Swiss Federal Act on Acquisition of Real Estate by Persons Abroad) imposes tough restrictions on house purchases by foreigners not living in the country. The main exception is for holiday homes in some cantons - not including Zurich. Foreigners with residency permits can buy a main residence.

Notary, land register and title transfer fees vary between cantons, but typically are less than 1 percent of the sale price.


Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Switzerland

When sending money to Switzerland 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 Swiss Franc 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 CHF amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Switzerland.

Use the above Send to Swiss Franc 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 Swiss Franc deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


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