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Foreign Exchange Guide to Tuvalu

This currency guide to Tuvalu helps you choose the best way to save money on AUD transfers and travel money.    [USD/AUD=1.4589]

 
Tuvalu
Country Code:
TV
Domestic Currency:
Australian Dollar
Symbol - Code:
A$ AUD
Telephone Prefix:
+688

This is a foreign exchange guide to Tuvalu, the Australian Dollar currency plus sending AUD transfers and travel tips.


In this Tuvalu currency guide we take a look at :

  1. Australian Dollar info - general info about the Australian Dollar
  2. Australian Dollar in the markets - recent AUD moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Tuvalu - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Australian Dollar cash online - travel money for Tuvalu
  5. Sending money to Tuvalu - save on Australian Dollar bank transfers to Tuvalu
  6. Australian Dollar exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.
  7. AUD News - the latest Australian Dollar related articles from our blog.

Australian Dollar (AUD) general currency information


What is the Australian Dollar currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Australian Dollar is AUD and the symbol is A$.


Which countries use the Australian Dollar?

It is the domestic currency in Australia, Christmas Island, Cocos Keeling Islands, Heard And McDonald Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Norfolk Island and Tuvalu.

The Australian dollar is the fifth most traded currency in the world and is popular with currency traders, because of the high interest rates in Australia, the freedom of the foreign exchange market from government intervention, the stability of Australia's economy and political system, and the view that the Australian dollar offers diversification benefits in a portfolio containing the major world currencies, especially because of its greater exposure to Asian economies and the commodities cycle.

The currency is commonly referred to by foreign-exchange traders as the "Aussie dollar".


Australian Dollar (AUD) in the markets

The RBA dropped interest rates 25 basis points to a record 0.75% on Oct 1 with the Aussie responding with a drop below US67 cents. Investors have sold AUD in recent months as they’ve bet on aggressive interest-rate cuts by the Reserve Bank of Australia. These bets paid off: the RBA cut its cash rate in both June and July to a record low of 1 percent.

Lower borrowing costs are necessary, investors believe, in light of persistently soft domestic data and the fallout from a US-China trade standoff that shows no sign of nearing an end.

AUD will continue to track changes in interest-rate expectations. Economists expect at least one further cut this year and many expect two by early 2020. After July's cut, the RBA hinted it would leave rates unchanged for several months.

Interestingly, AUD has decoupled from commodity prices in 2019. The price of iron ore (Australia’s largest export) nears multi-year highs while AUD languishes.

Further RBA interest rate cuts this year are now a certainty, and that doesn’t bode well for currency valuations. Westpac has predicted three cuts this year.

For more details read the full article Australian Dollar Forecasts.

The interactive chart below shows the USD to AUD exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:

ALERT: 30-DAY LOW |
At 1.4589 USD/AUD is trading below its 90 day average 1.4701 with period range 1.42 to 1.4916. ALERT: USD/AUD has dropped to a 30-DAY LOW. Updated: 23:43-AEDT 13:43-BST 08:43-EDT

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Tuvalu

 

Because Tuvalu is one of those off-the-beaten-track destinations (most of your friends won’t know where it is when you say you’re going there), it can be handy to have a bit of pre-travel information up your sleeve before arriving. Tuvalu is a remote island nation in the Pacific Ocean. It’s just south of the Equator, west of the International Date Line, two hours by air north of Fiji and part of the Commonwealth. It consists of nine islands and atolls (three true islands and six coral atolls), of which the main one is Funafuti, an atoll with the country’s only airstrip. Visitors are issued with a free 30-day tourist visa on arrival, and there’s no departure tax.

What currency is used in Tuvalu?

The local currency of Tuvalu is the Australian dollar, with Tuvaluan coins featuring Queen Elizabeth II on one side and local marine life (turtles, octopus, flying fish) on the other. There are no ATMs and credit cards aren’t accepted anywhere, so it’s cash-only even at hotels and guesthouses.

Getting around in Tuvalu?

In Funafuti, the best way to get around on the main island (called Fongafale) is by motorbike – rent one for $10 a day or hitch a ride on the back of someone else’s. No one wears a helmet, and there don’t seem to be any available for rent, but people tend to ride slowly and there’s little traffic. There are no flights to Tuvalu’s outer islands; they’re accessible by passenger ferry from Funafuti, and it can be a long trip (overnight or multi-day trips aren’t uncommon).

Most Tuvaluans speak English, even if they’re shy of using it, and all signs are in English. Still, it’s a good idea to learn a few words of Tuvaluan as an icebreaker, such as “talofa” (hello), “fafetai” (thank you) and “fetaui” (see you later).

 

Travel money for Tuvalu

 

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

 
Travel Money ProvidersAmount AUD(A$)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostDeal Links
U.S. Bank Foreign Currency
U.S. Bank logo
A$1,365.6
Compare
1.365606.4%
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
A$1,352
A$14 less
1.3656U$107.33%
Wells Fargo Bank logo
A$1,338.29
A$27 less
1.3656U$208.27%
Travelex Online US logo
A$1,287.2
A$78 less
1.28720^11.77%
 

U.S. Bank logo

U.S. Bank: Travel Money USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:1.3656 (6.4% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD) A$1,365.6
Total Cost:6.4%
Time:12:00 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate

Travel Money USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$10 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.2765 (12.5% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD) A$1,352
Total Cost:7.33%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
 

Wells Fargo Bank logo

Wells Fargo Bank: Travel Money USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:1.3656 (6.4% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD) A$1,338.29
Total Cost:8.27%
Time:12:00 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Travelex Online US logo

Travelex Online US: Travel Money USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:$0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:1.2872 (11.77% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD) A$1,287.2
Total Cost:11.77%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Sun Oct 20 2019 12:00:05 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:FREE Home delivery & Branch pickup
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 10/20/2019 - See full table
 

Tuvalu Trip Checklist    

 
  1. Compare AUD travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
  2. Search Hotel deals - Save on your accomodation in Tuvalu
  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

Sending money to Tuvalu

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Tuvalu you need to start with finding out the latest Australian 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 Tuvalu

When sending money to Tuvalu 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 Australian Dollar 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 AUD amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Tuvalu.

Use our Send to AUD 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 Australian Dollar deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

 
  

USD to AUD International Money Transfers

  

Foreign Transfer ProvidersReceive AUD(A$)Exchange RateFee USDTotal CostDeal Links
OFX logo
A$14,472
Best Overall
1.44720^0.8%
XE logo
A$14,407
A$65 less
1.440701.25%
Wells Fargo Bank logo
A$13,993
A$479 less
1.4018184.09%
HSBC logo
A$13,983
A$489 less
1.4004U$154.15%
Banks - Average Rate
Bank of America logo U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo HSBC logo
A$13,898
A$574 less
1.3979154.74%
Bank of America International Money Transfers
Bank of America logo
A$13,807
A$665 less
1.3946U$1005.36%
U.S. Bank International Money Transfers
U.S. Bank logo
A$13,807
A$665 less
1.3946U$1005.36%
 

OFX logo

OFX: Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally $12 for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:1.4472 (0.8% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD) A$14,472
Total Cost:0.8%
Time:
Rate Fetched: 12:00 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
 

XE logo

XE: Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:
Exchange Rate:1.4407 (1.25% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD) A$14,407
Total Cost:1.25%
Difference:
A$65 AUD less than using OFX
Time:12:00 Local
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone
Rating:
 
: 3.5/5.0
Reviews:
 

Wells Fargo Bank logo

Wells Fargo Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:18
Exchange Rate:1.4018 (3.91% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD) A$13,993
Total Cost:4.09%
Difference:
A$479 AUD less than using OFX
Time:12:00 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

HSBC logo

HSBC: Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:U$15 USD (.15%)
Exchange Rate:1.4004 (4.01% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD) A$13,983
Total Cost:4.15%
Difference:
A$489 AUD less than using OFX
Time:12:00 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

Banks - Average Rate

Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:1.3918 (4.6% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD) A$13,898
Total Cost:4.74%
Difference:
A$574 AUD less than using OFX
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
 

Bank of America logo

Bank of America: Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:U$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.3946 (4.41% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD) A$13,807
Total Cost:5.36%
Difference:
A$665 AUD less than using OFX
Time:12:00 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 

U.S. Bank logo

U.S. Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→AUD
From Amount (USD)U$10,000
Fee:U$100 USD (1%)
Exchange Rate:1.3946 (4.41% from mid-rate)
To Amount (AUD) A$13,807
Total Cost:5.36%
Difference:
A$665 AUD less than using OFX
Time:12:00 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Snapshot 10/20/2019 - See full table
 

AUD/USD - Australian Dollar to United States Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodChange*AUD/USDDate
1 Day+0.4%0.682517 Oct 2019
7 Day+0.9%0.679311 Oct 2019
30 Day+0.5%0.682318 Sep 2019
3 Month-2.6%0.704120 Jul 2019
1 Year-3.4%0.709618 Oct 2018
5 Year-21.7%0.875819 Oct 2014
10 Year-25.8%0.923820 Oct 2009

*For period to 18-Oct 21UTC when AUD/USD was 0.6855

AUD/EUR - Australian Dollar to Euro - Historical Rates

PeriodChange*AUD/EURDate
7 Day-0.3%0.615311 Oct 2019
30 Day-0.8%0.618618 Sep 2019
3 Month-2.2%0.627120 Jul 2019
1 Year-1%0.619518 Oct 2018
5 Year-10.7%0.687019 Oct 2014
10 Year-0.9%0.618920 Oct 2009

*For period to 18-Oct 21UTC when AUD/EUR was 0.6136

AUD/GBP - Australian Dollar to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

PeriodChange*AUD/GBPDate
1 Day-0.4%0.530517 Oct 2019
7 Day-1.7%0.537211 Oct 2019
30 Day-3.5%0.547218 Sep 2019
3 Month-6.2%0.563220 Jul 2019
1 Year-3.1%0.545018 Oct 2018
5 Year-2.9%0.544319 Oct 2014
10 Year-6.3%0.563720 Oct 2009

*For period to 18-Oct 21UTC when AUD/GBP was 0.5283

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