What's in this Wallis and Futuna Islands currency guide?
|Country||Wallis and Futuna Islands|
|Domestic Currency||CFP Franc|
|Exchange Rate||USD/XPF = 110.01|
Quick Conversions from US Dollar to CFP Franc
Wallis and Futuna Islands Currency Info
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
What currency should I use in the Wallis and Futuna Islands?
The domestic currency in the Wallis and Futuna Islands is the CFP Franc.
What is the CFP Franc currency code and symbol?
The three letter currency code for the CFP Franc is XPF — symbol is F.
How much is U$100 US Dollars in CFP Franc?
U$ 100 converts to F 11,001
Which countries use the CFP Franc?
Is the CFP Franc a closed currency?
No, the CFP Franc is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?
CFP Franc (XPF) in the markets
The interactive chart below shows the USD to XPF exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:
Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for the Wallis and Futuna Islands
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.
Travel hints for Wallis and Futuna Islands.
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.
How do you travel in the Wallis and Futuna Islands?
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.
Travel money for the Wallis and Futuna Islands
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.
Sending money to the Wallis and Futuna Islands
When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to the Wallis and Futuna Islands you need to start with finding out the latest CFP Franc 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 Wallis and Futuna Islands
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 :
- Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
- You specify the local or CFP Franc 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 XPF amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in the Wallis and Futuna Islands.
Use our Send to CFP Franc 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!