Home pages - full list (A-Z)

Foreign Exchange Guide to the US Virgin Islands

Read this currency guide to the US Virgin Islands with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/EUR=0.8897]

 
US Virgin Islands
Country Code:
VI
Domestic Currency:
United States Dollar
Symbol - Code:
$ USD
Telephone Prefix:
+1340

This is a foreign exchange guide to the US Virgin Islands, the United States Dollar currency plus USD transfers and travel tips.

In this the US Virgin Islands currency guide we take a look at :

  1. United States Dollar info - general info about the United States Dollar
  2. United States Dollar in the markets - recent USD moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in the US Virgin Islands - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying United States Dollar cash online - travel money for the US Virgin Islands
  5. Sending money to the US Virgin Islands - save on United States Dollar bank transfers to the US Virgin Islands
  6. United States Dollar exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.
  7. 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?

It is the domestic currency in United States, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Caribbean Netherlands, Turks And Caicos Islands and Zimbabwe.

Read our Guide to the US dollar currency.


United States Dollar (USD) in the markets

In the third week of April the Dollar Index was rallying strongly towards the mid-97s, slightly below major resistance at 97.70, a break of which would be massively positive for the greenback. The index was up 1.7 percent year-to-date.

The dollar’s strength comes in spite of a dovish surprise in March from the Federal Reserve, which ditched two interest rate hikes from its 2019 projections. Fortunately for dollar holders, the rest of the world has problems and other important central banks also turned dovish, removing much of the incentive for selling USD.

Bloomberg research warned in April of potential for a large upcoming move in the US dollar, up or down. Over the past quarter-century, three prominent troughs in the JPMorgan Global FX Volatility Index were followed by dollar moves over 6-month periods worth 10-15 percent. The index was trading in mid-April at a 5-year low.

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.


USD-EUR 3 Month chart
USD-EUR 3 Month chart
USDEUR currency converter

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for the US Virgin Islands

 

This trio of islands in the Caribbean Sea—St. John, St. Croix, and St. Thomas—is famous for its dreamy beaches, world-class snorkeling and diving, and pristine beaches. Travelers can find accommodations for all types of trips, whether it's a family getaway or a romantic retreat. St. John, for example, is known as the "Beverly Hills of the Caribbean," thanks partially to its more remote location (visitors must arrive on a boat or ferry from Charlotte Amalie).

St. Thomas, meanwhile, is perhaps the most popular island in the U.S. Virgin Islands. It's a popular port of call for cruise ships, and is the most likely place to get a flight.

And vacationers seeking exceptional food and a slightly more quiet island escape should head to St. Croix. The largest of the main islands, St. Croix is known for its burgeoning food scene (and an always-excellent West Indian curry).

U.S. Virgin Islands.

What currency is used in the U.S. Virgin Islands?

Currency is the US dollar (US$). There seems to be no shortage of ATMs in the Virgin Islands, all of which dispense U.S. dollars. They are everywhere -- on the downtown streets of Charlotte Amalie, within the large resorts, and in shopping arcades -- making it easy to get quick cash. Many establishments in the Virgin Islands, including most of those recommended in this guide, accept credit cards. MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted on all the islands that cater to visitors, especially Virgin Gorda, Tortola, St. John, St. Croix, and, of course, St. Thomas.

However, visitors should not rely solely on credit cards, as many establishments in the Virgin Islands accept only cash. Often, villas and condos or small inns will only accept cash or personal checks in advance.

How to get around in the U.S. Virgin Islands?

Seaborne Airlines operates seaplanes between the downtown harbors of St Thomas' Charlotte Amalie and St Croix' Christiansted. The flight takes 20 minutes and goes roughly once per hour. Cape Air goes between St Thomas’ and St Croix’ main airports.

Frequent ferries run between the St Thomas and St John. They go hourly from between Red Hook and Cruz Bay (US$7 one way, 20 minutes), and three times daily between Charlotte Amalie and Cruz Bay (US$13 one way, 45 minutes). No ferries currently go to St Croix. Check VI Now (www.vinow.com) for updated schedules.

Vitran operates air-conditioned public buses over the length of St Thomas, St John and St Croix. Buses run daily between 5:30am and 7:30pm (approximately one bus per hour). Service isn't very reliable. St Thomas also has ‘safari’ buses, ie open-air trucks outfitted with benches.

To rent a car in the USVI you need to be at least 25 years old, hold a valid driver’s license and have a major credit card. Cars start at around US$70 per day (higher on St John). If you’re traveling in peak season, it’s wise to reserve a couple of months in advance, as supplies are limited. Major international car-rental companies have branches at the airports and sometimes at ferry terminals.

All the islands have taxis that are easily accessible in the main tourist areas. Most vehicles are vans that carry up to 12 passengers; sometimes they’re open-air trucks with bench seats and awnings and room for 20 people. Taxis service multiple destinations and may stop to pick up passengers along the way, so rates are usually charged on a per-person basis. Rates are set, with prices listed in the free tourist magazines and at VI Now (www.vinow.com). Rates go down a bit if more than one person takes the taxi. Always confirm the price before getting in.

Travel tips for the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Adventurous travelers love zipliningthis link opens in a new tab here, while the more leisurely prefer chartering a boat, eating slow West Caribbean lunches, and sipping wine. If you need a workout, look for the famed “99 steps” in Charlotte Amalie, the capital city of the Virgin Islands, which lead to Blackbeard’s Castle. Constructed in the 1660s by the Danish military, it's a great spot for a view.

Snorkeling and diving are top-notch here, with gorgeous reefs that lure visitors worldwide (the Virgin Islands Coral Reef Monument is a terrific spot for donning your goggles). And don’t miss the sprawling national parkthis link opens in a new tab on St. John, where you can snorkel, camp, and hike along mountain paths to hidden coves.

 

Travel money for the US 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 US Virgin Islands Trip Checklist    

 
  1. Compare USD travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
  2. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

Sending money to the US Virgin Islands

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to the US 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 US Virgin Islands

When sending money to the US 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 :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or United States 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 USD amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in the US 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 US Virgin Islands

Compare Transfer Rates

 

USD/EUR - United States Dollar to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
18 Apr 20190.8902Latest
11 Apr 20190.88811 Week+0.24%
19 Mar 20190.88071 Month+1.08%
20 Oct 20180.86746 Months+2.63%
18 Apr 20180.80781 Year+10.2%
18 Apr 20170.93212 Years-4.5%
19 Apr 20140.72395 Years+22.97%
20 Apr 20090.773710 Years+15.06%

USD/GBP - United States Dollar to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
18 Apr 20190.7693Latest
11 Apr 20190.76601 Week+0.43%
19 Mar 20190.75361 Month+2.08%
20 Oct 20180.76506 Months+0.56%
18 Apr 20180.70411 Year+9.26%
18 Apr 20170.77862 Years-1.19%
19 Apr 20140.59555 Years+29.19%
20 Apr 20090.687210 Years+11.95%

USD/JPY - United States Dollar to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
18 Apr 2019111.9535Latest
11 Apr 2019111.64871 Week+0.27%
19 Mar 2019111.41981 Month+0.48%
20 Oct 2018112.55006 Months-0.53%
18 Apr 2018107.36161 Year+4.28%
18 Apr 2017108.54872 Years+3.14%
19 Apr 2014102.43155 Years+9.3%
20 Apr 200998.226810 Years+13.97%

USD/AUD - United States Dollar to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
18 Apr 20191.3990Latest
11 Apr 20191.40401 Week-0.36%
19 Mar 20191.41081 Month-0.84%
20 Oct 20181.40456 Months-0.39%
18 Apr 20181.28401 Year+8.96%
18 Apr 20171.32302 Years+5.74%
19 Apr 20141.07195 Years+30.52%
20 Apr 20091.425810 Years-1.88%

USD/CAD - United States Dollar to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriodChange
18 Apr 20191.3379Latest
11 Apr 20191.33781 Week+0.01%
19 Mar 20191.33261 Month+0.4%
20 Oct 20181.31156 Months+2.01%
18 Apr 20181.26281 Year+5.95%
18 Apr 20171.33832 Years-0.03%
19 Apr 20141.10215 Years+21.4%
20 Apr 20091.234810 Years+8.35%

Country Guides - Full List (A-Z)

A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
V
W
Y
Z