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Foreign Exchange Guide to Tuvalu

Read this currency guide to Tuvalu with HKD money transfer and travel tips.   [HKD/AUD=0.188]

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This is a foreign exchange guide to Tuvalu, the Australian Dollar currency plus HKD to 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

In early August the Australian dollar sunk to a 10 year low of 67¢ (Aug-7) to the US dollar. This was due to the offshore yuan breaking the symbolic and closely watched USD/CNY = 7.0 exchange rate, after the trade war flared up again and the US labelled China a "currency manipulator".

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 HKD to AUD exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:

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.


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!

Foreign Transfer ProvidersReceive AUD(A$)Exchange RateFee HKDTotal CostDeal Links
OFX logo
9,155 AUD0.18310 for BER users (normally $15)2.61%
DBS Bank logo
9,060.93 AUD0.1814503.61%
Banks - Average Rate
DBS Bank logo Citibank logo HSBC logo
8,963 AUD0.1794554.65%
HSBC logo
8,935.68 AUD0.179$804.94%
Citibank International Money Transfers
Citibank logo
8,892.87 AUD0.1779125.39%
OFX: Foreign Transfer HKD→AUD
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Fee:0 for BER users (normally $15)
Exchange Rate:0.1831 (2.61% from mid-rate)
AUD amount:9,155 AUD
Total Cost:2.61%
Rate Fetched: Sat Aug 17 2019 00:16:11 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
: 4.8/5.0

DBS Bank logoDBS Bank

DBS Bank: Foreign Transfer HKD→AUD
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Exchange Rate:0.1814 (3.51% from mid-rate)
AUD amount:9,060.93 AUD
Total Cost:3.61%
94 AUD less than using OFX
Time:1:12 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
: /5.0

Banks - Average Rate

Foreign Transfer HKD→AUD
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Exchange Rate:0.1799 (4.31% from mid-rate)
AUD amount:8,963 AUD
Total Cost:4.65%
192 AUD less than using OFX
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers


HSBC: Foreign Transfer HKD→AUD
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Fee:$80 HKD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:0.1790 (4.79% from mid-rate)
AUD amount:8,935.68 AUD
Total Cost:4.94%
219 AUD less than using OFX
Time:1:12 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
: /5.0

Citibank logoCitibank

Citibank: Foreign Transfer HKD→AUD
HKD amount:$50,000 HKD
Exchange Rate:0.1779 (5.37% from mid-rate)
AUD amount:8,892.87 AUD
Total Cost:5.39%
262 AUD less than using OFX
Time:1:12 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
: /5.0
Snapshot 08/17/2019 - See full table

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

1 Day+0.12%0.677215 Aug 2019
1 Week-0.12%0.678809 Aug 2019
1 Month-3.25%0.700817 Jul 2019
6 Months-5.1%0.714417 Feb 2019
1 Year-6.6%0.725916 Aug 2018
5 Years-27.25%0.931917 Aug 2014
10 Years-17.67%0.823518 Aug 2009

*For period to 16-Aug 21UTC when AUD/USD was 0.6780

AUD/EUR - Australian Dollar to Euro - Historical Rates

1 Day+0.3%0.609515 Aug 2019
1 Week+1.6%0.601709 Aug 2019
1 Month-2.07%0.624217 Jul 2019
6 Months-3.35%0.632517 Feb 2019
1 Year-4.23%0.638316 Aug 2018
5 Years-12.16%0.695917 Aug 2014
10 Years+4.75%0.583618 Aug 2009

*For period to 16-Aug 21UTC when AUD/EUR was 0.6113

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

1 Day-0.34%0.560115 Aug 2019
1 Week-1.01%0.563909 Aug 2019
1 Month-0.96%0.563617 Jul 2019
6 Months+0.83%0.553617 Feb 2019
1 Year-2.24%0.571016 Aug 2018
5 Years+0.14%0.557417 Aug 2014
10 Years+11.8%0.499318 Aug 2009

*For period to 16-Aug 21UTC when AUD/GBP was 0.5582

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