Foreign exchange guide to the Wallis and Futuna Islands and the CFP franc
What's in this Wallis and Futuna Islands currency guide?
The official currency of the Wallis and Futuna Islands (country code: WF) is the CFP franc, with symbol F and currency code XPF.
The CFP franc (XPF) is the currency of four French overseas collectives (collectivités d'outre-mer, or COM) that include French Polynesia, New Caledonia and Wallis and Futuna. The CFP franc is also referred to as the franc pacifique since it is used in the Pacific Ocean region. The initials CFP originally stood for Colonies Françaises du Pacifique (“French colonies of the Pacific”). As with the old French franc the CFP franc is broken into subunits called centimes.
Save money and time by Ordering your CFP franc online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the XPF 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 CFP franc otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.
The CFP franc is also referred to as the franc pacifique since it is used in the Pacific Ocean region. The initials CFP originally stood for Colonies Françaises du Pacifique (“French colonies of the Pacific”). As with the old French franc the CFP franc is broken into subunits called centimes.
There is no ATM in Futuna, so take whatever cash you will need. Try to learn some French before you go. On Wallis, the Banque de Wallis et Futuna has the only ATM in the territory and is located in Mata-Utu.
Wallis and Futuna don't have much in common except for the fact that they are both French territories that have been grouped together as one. In fact, the two island groups lie about 260 kilometres apart.
The overwhelming majority (99%) of the people in Wallis and Futuna are Catholics, served by their own Roman Catholic Diocese of Wallis and Futuna. The culture of Wallis and Futuna is Polynesian, and is very similar to the cultures of its neighbouring nations Samoa and Tonga.
Getting to Wallis and Futuna is tricky because there are no boats or ferries travelling to these isolated islands. However, you can take a plane which would be considered more convenient than a boat by most travellers. Aircalin, a small airline carrier, flies to the Wallis and Futuna airports from New Caledonia three times a week and from Noumea twice a week. Travellers to Wallis and Futuna will want to secure connection flights to these destinations in advance. On Wallis, you can move around the smaller islands via commercial boat hire. On Futuna, local fisherman can take you to nearby islets for a small fee. Because there is no public transportation in Wallis and Futuna, car hire is the best way to get around.
Wallis and Futuna are very small and finding accommodation can be a challenge. However, there are a few hotels on Wallis that are very comfortable and reasonably priced. On Futuna, there is no commercial accommodation or guest houses. Visitors will stay as guests in local guest houses.
The domestic currency in the Wallis and Futuna Islands is the CFP franc.
The three letter currency code for the CFP franc is XPF — symbol is F.
No, the CFP franc is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?
|$ 1||F 110.33|
|$ 5||F 551.65|
|$ 10||F 1,103|
|$ 20||F 2,207|
|$ 50||F 5,517|
|$ 100||F 11,033|
|$ 250||F 27,583|
|$ 500||F 55,165|
|$ 1,000||F 110,330|
|$ 2,000||F 220,660|
|$ 5,000||F 551,650|
|$ 10,000||F 1,103,300|
|$ 20,000||F 2,206,600|
|$ 50,000||F 5,516,500|
|$ 100,000||F 11,033,000|
|$ 0.0091||F 1|
|$ 0.0453||F 5|
|$ 0.0906||F 10|
|$ 0.1813||F 20|
|$ 0.4532||F 50|
|$ 0.9064||F 100|
|$ 2.2660||F 250|
|$ 4.5320||F 500|
|$ 9.0640||F 1,000|
|$ 18.13||F 2,000|
|$ 45.32||F 5,000|
|$ 90.64||F 10,000|
|$ 181.28||F 20,000|
|$ 453.20||F 50,000|
|$ 906.40||F 100,000|
To get a good (and fair) exchange rate when sending money to the Wallis and Futuna Islands 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 the Wallis and Futuna 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 :
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 CFP franc deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!