This is a foreign exchange guide to the British Virgin Islands, the United States Dollar currency plus USD transfers and travel tips.
In this the British Virgin Islands currency guide we take a look at :
- United States Dollar info - general info about the United States Dollar
- United States Dollar in the markets - recent USD moves and predictions from the FX markets
- Travelling in the British Virgin Islands - currency & money saving tips
- Buying United States Dollar cash online - travel money for the British Virgin Islands
- Sending money to the British Virgin Islands - save on United States Dollar bank transfers to the British Virgin Islands
- United States Dollar exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.
- USD News - the latest United States Dollar related articles from our blog.
United States Dollar (USD) general currency information
What is the United States Dollar currency code and symbol?
The three letter currency code for the United States Dollar is USD and the symbol is $.
Which countries use the United States Dollar?
Read our Guide to the US dollar currency.
United States Dollar (USD) in the markets
2018 has been a good year for the dollar; certainly much better than 2017, in which the world’s reserve currency lost 10 percent of its value on a trade-weighted basis. Entering the third week of November 2018, the dollar stood nearly 5 percent higher than its level on January 1st. The dollar benefitted in the month leading up to this report from Brexit uncertainty in Europe and from a collapse in the oil market, which saw its value rise against petro-currencies.
Seasonality becomes an important supporting factor for the dollar approaching year-end, and especially in November. Since 2010, the dollar has averaged trade-weighted gains of 1.8 percent in November and 0.2 percent in December.
In September, Citibank said of the dollar’s 6-12-month outlook that 3-4 percent upside was likely, followed by an 11 percent loss in the long term. It predicted EUR/USD climbing as high as $1.30, from levels in the high $1.13s at the time of writing.
Like Citi, ING remain long-term bearish on the dollar. ING isn't ruling out interventions and jawboning from Washington aimed at weakening the dollar. President Trump clearly would like a far weaker currency.
J.P. Morgan said in November that the dollar would be worth slightly more in the first half of 2019, before weakening slightly in the second half of the year.
The interactive chart below shows the USD to EUR exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.
Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for the British Virgin Islands
More than 60 islands –some of them uninhabited and declared national parks– make up this Caribbean archipelago, a paradise of lush rainforests, white-sand beaches and bright turquoise waters. Most visitors travel to the British Virgin Islands between September and November, but winter is still a great time to visit, too. With average winter temperatures around 77 degrees Fahrenheit and average summer temps around 82, there is hardly a bad time to visit, except perhaps August and September when it can be quite hot and many businesses shut down.
Are there ATMs in the British Virgin Islands?
Currency is the US dollar (US$). ATMs are in main towns on Tortola and Virgin Gorda, but not elsewhere. Credit cards accepted in most hotels and restaurants.
How do I get around the British Virgin Islands?
Hitchhiking is the preferred mode of transportation for locals and tourists alike. Since taxis and cars are expensive, many locals just share cars or hitchhike. Do the same. It’s safe and drivers will take groups. If you're going to be hitting a lot of spots on the bigger islands like Tortola or St. Thomas, you're going to find it hard to get taxis in some of the more secluded places (they tend to stick around more crowded locations). It’s better to rent a car on these islands, even at $60-80 USD a day. It will give you more flexibility and, if you're splitting costs with friends, will be cheaper than taxis.
Frequent ferries glide between the islands. Getting around on your own by chartering a boat is also possible. Tortola is the BVI ferry hub, and all boats route through its various docks. If you want to sail, there are three basic options: a crewed boat, with skipper and cook; a ‘bareboat’ sans staff that you operate on your own; or a sailing-school vessel.
Main island Tortola is known for its full-moon parties and sailing prowess. Billionaires and yachties swoon over Virgin Gorda and its magical rocks. Anegada floats in a remote reef and has a hammock waiting for those serious about unplugging.
Travel money for the British Virgin Islands
Save money and time by Ordering your United States Dollar online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the USD 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 United States Dollar otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.
the British Virgin Islands Trip Checklist
Sending money to the British Virgin Islands
When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to the British Virgin Islands you need to start with finding out the latest United States Dollar 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 British Virgin Islands
When sending money to the British Virgin 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 :
- Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
- You specify the local or United States Dollar 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 USD amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in the British Virgin Islands.
Use our Send to USD 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 United States Dollar deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!
Bank Transfers to the British Virgin Islands
Popular USD cross rates
USD/EUR - United States Dollar to Euro - 10 Year History
|13 Dec 2018||0.8809||Latest|
|06 Dec 2018||0.8790||1 Week||+0.22%|
|13 Nov 2018||0.8840||1 Month||-0.35%|
|16 Jun 2018||0.8606||6 Months||+2.36%|
|13 Dec 2017||0.8448||1 Year||+4.27%|
|13 Dec 2016||0.9409||2 Years||-6.38%|
|14 Dec 2013||0.7277||5 Years||+21.05%|
|15 Dec 2008||0.7332||10 Years||+20.14%|
USD/GBP - United States Dollar to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History
|13 Dec 2018||0.7921||Latest|
|06 Dec 2018||0.7825||1 Week||+1.23%|
|13 Nov 2018||0.7683||1 Month||+3.1%|
|16 Jun 2018||0.7528||6 Months||+5.22%|
|13 Dec 2017||0.7458||1 Year||+6.21%|
|13 Dec 2016||0.7899||2 Years||+0.28%|
|14 Dec 2013||0.6136||5 Years||+29.09%|
|15 Dec 2008||0.6591||10 Years||+20.18%|
USD/JPY - United States Dollar to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History
|13 Dec 2018||113.6462||Latest|
|06 Dec 2018||112.7178||1 Week||+0.82%|
|13 Nov 2018||113.7965||1 Month||-0.13%|
|16 Jun 2018||110.6750||6 Months||+2.68%|
|13 Dec 2017||112.7625||1 Year||+0.78%|
|13 Dec 2016||115.2445||2 Years||-1.39%|
|14 Dec 2013||103.2647||5 Years||+10.05%|
|15 Dec 2008||90.6099||10 Years||+25.42%|
USD/AUD - United States Dollar to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History
|13 Dec 2018||1.3840||Latest|
|06 Dec 2018||1.3825||1 Week||+0.11%|
|13 Nov 2018||1.3832||1 Month||+0.06%|
|16 Jun 2018||1.3430||6 Months||+3.05%|
|13 Dec 2017||1.3107||1 Year||+5.59%|
|13 Dec 2016||1.3343||2 Years||+3.72%|
|14 Dec 2013||1.1159||5 Years||+24.03%|
|15 Dec 2008||1.4973||10 Years||-7.57%|
USD/CAD - United States Dollar to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History
|13 Dec 2018||1.3361||Latest|
|06 Dec 2018||1.3393||1 Week||-0.24%|
|13 Nov 2018||1.3225||1 Month||+1.03%|
|16 Jun 2018||1.3206||6 Months||+1.17%|
|13 Dec 2017||1.2819||1 Year||+4.23%|
|13 Dec 2016||1.3135||2 Years||+1.72%|
|14 Dec 2013||1.0595||5 Years||+26.11%|
|15 Dec 2008||1.2329||10 Years||+8.37%|