Foreign exchange guide to Venezuela and the Venezuelan bolívar
What's in this Venezuela currency guide?
The official currency of Venezuela (country code: VE) is the Venezuelan bolívar, with symbol Bs and currency code VEF.
Here are some things you might want to know about the Venezuelan bolívar:
As mentioned above, the Venezuelan bolívar is a closed currency. Which means that you may find it difficult (or be permitted) to purchase the currency (VEF) before departure and will need to buy it upon arrival in .
For these types of destinations, using a pre-paid travel card is a good solution. As no travel cards support loading closed currencies like the VEF you will incur currency conversion or foreign transaction fees if you use a travel money card in .
However, using a pre-paid travel card is still a good idea as you can avoid ATM fees and also you can avoid using (and losing!) your main bank or debit/credit card.
The Bolivarian countries are six Hispanic American countries (Bolivia, Colombia,Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Venezuela) whose republican origin is attributed to the ideals of Simón Bolívar and independence war led by the Venezuelan military in the viceroyalties of New Granada and Peru.
The currency is the Bolivars. Debit and credit cards are widely used in Venezuela and have the advantage of removing the need to carry large amounts of cash. However, international credit cards aren't always accepted by point of sale machines and you'll have to enter your passport number. ATMs have extremely low limits for cash withdrawals on international cards and queues at ATMs are frequently targeted by criminals. You shouldn't rely on ATMs as your main way to access money in Venezuela. Use official currency exchange booths only, which should change money at the higher of the two official rates (DICOM). It’s illegal to change money on the black market. There are no facilities for visitors to change bolivares to US dollars, or any other currency, when leaving Venezuela.
Due to ongoing crime, unrest and instability throughout Venezuela the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) further advises against all but essential travel to most areas of the country. Regular large political demonstrations in Caracas have led to arrests, injuries and deaths throughout 2017. If you''re in Venezuela, you should remain vigilant and informed, avoid protests and demonstrations – which can turn violent with little warning – and keep your departure options under review.
The domestic currency in Venezuela is the Venezuelan bolívar.
The three letter currency code for the Venezuelan bolívar is VEF — symbol is Bs.
It is the domestic currency in   Venezuela.
Yes the Venezuelan bolívar is a closed currency. Which means that you may find it difficult to purchase the currency (VEF) before departure and will probably need to buy it upon arrival. If you do manage to buy some of the currency or have some left over from a previous trip, make sure you are aware if you are allowed to bring this closed currency into the country.
For more information and a full list of closed currencies please refer to our guide: What is a closed currency?
|$ 1||Bs 248,488|
|$ 5||Bs 1,242,438|
|$ 10||Bs 2,484,876|
|$ 20||Bs 4,969,752|
|$ 50||Bs 12,424,380|
|$ 100||Bs 24,848,760|
|$ 250||Bs 62,121,900|
|$ 500||Bs 124,243,800|
|$ 1,000||Bs 248,487,600|
|$ 2,000||Bs 496,975,200|
|$ 5,000||Bs 1,242,438,000|
|$ 10,000||Bs 2,484,876,000|
|$ 20,000||Bs 4,969,752,000|
|$ 50,000||Bs 12,424,380,000|
|$ 100,000||Bs 24,848,760,000|
|$ 0.0000||Bs 1|
|$ 0.0000||Bs 5|
|$ 0.0000||Bs 10|
|$ 0.0001||Bs 20|
|$ 0.0002||Bs 50|
|$ 0.0004||Bs 100|
|$ 0.0010||Bs 250|
|$ 0.0020||Bs 500|
|$ 0.0040||Bs 1,000|
|$ 0.0080||Bs 2,000|
|$ 0.0200||Bs 5,000|
|$ 0.0400||Bs 10,000|
|$ 0.0800||Bs 20,000|
|$ 0.2000||Bs 50,000|
|$ 0.4000||Bs 100,000|
To get a good (and fair) exchange rate when sending money to Venezuela you need to find and compare exchange rates for International Money Transfers (IMTs).
The available FX rates for sending money abroad can be very different to the mid-market (wholesale) rate which you see reported online and in the News.
You should especially compare your own bank's exchange rates to those available from Money Transfer specialists to see how much you can save - we make that calculation easy in the below table.
When sending money to Venezuela 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 :
Use the above 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 Venezuelan bolívar deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!