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USD to LKR - Rate Guide

United States Dollar to Sri Lankan Rupee exchange rates aren't all the same.

The total cost you are charged by your bank or foreign exchange provider consists of a margin from the interbank mid-rate plus fees. These margins and fees vary significantly for International Money Transfers and Travel Money transactions as shown below.


USD/LKR update & alerts

1 USD = 182.02 LKR

At 182.02 USD/LKR is trading well above its 90-DAY average 179.13 with HIGH-LOW 182.39-175.66. ALERT: Today USD/LKR has risen to a 14-DAY HIGH. Updated: 14:07-AEDT 04:07-BST 23:07-EDT

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USD/LKR Exchange Rates and Providers Compared

This guide to the United States Dollar to Sri Lankan Rupee exchange rate with 90-day chart & alerts, historic rates, forecasts and USD to LKR comparison tables for foreign transfers and travel money rates and fees on offer by banks and foreign exchange providers. Calculate amounts and rate margins with the USD/LKR Calculator.

Looking for LKR travel money? Then it is important to note that the Sri Lankan Rupee is a closed currency. Which means that it is more difficult (but not impossible) to purchase the currency before departure and may need to buy it upon arrival. For more information and a full list of closed currencies read our guide: What is a closed currency?

A good solution for closed currencies is to use a pre-paid travel card to avoid carrying large amounts of cash and also minimise ATM fees. Compare Travel Cards

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United States Dollar

Sri Lankan Rupee

1 USD 182.02 LKR
5 USD 910.10 LKR
10 USD 1,820.20 LKR
20 USD 3,640.40 LKR
50 USD 9,101.00 LKR
100 USD 18,202.00 LKR
250 USD 45,505.00 LKR
500 USD 91,010.00 LKR
1,000 USD 182,020.00 LKR
2,000 USD 364,040.00 LKR
5,000 USD 910,100.00 LKR
10,000 USD 1,820,200.00 LKR
50,000 USD 9,101,000.00 LKR
100,000 USD 18,202,000.00 LKR
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United States Dollar

Sri Lankan Rupee

0.0055 USD 1 LKR
0.0275 USD 5 LKR
0.0549 USD 10 LKR
0.1099 USD 20 LKR
0.2747 USD 50 LKR
0.5494 USD 100 LKR
1.3735 USD 250 LKR
2.7470 USD 500 LKR
5.4940 USD 1,000 LKR
10.99 USD 2,000 LKR
27.47 USD 5,000 LKR
54.94 USD 10,000 LKR
274.70 USD 50,000 LKR
549.40 USD 100,000 LKR
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USD/LKR - Historical Trends

This table shows historic rates and trends of United States Dollar to Sri Lankan Rupee over periods upto 10 years.

1 Day+0.1%181.861717 Oct 2019
7 Day+0.8%180.540811 Oct 2019
30 Day+0.7%180.760018 Sep 2019
3 Month+3.5%175.800020 Jul 2019
1 Year+6.3%171.290018 Oct 2018
5 Year+39.3%130.664119 Oct 2014
10 Year+58.6%114.790220 Oct 2009

*For period to 18-Oct 21UTC when USD/LKR was 182.0163

You can use our USD interactive charts to check USDLKR historic trends.

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USD and LKR in the Markets

When determining the best time to make a foreign exchange transaction, in this case the USD vs LKR, you should pay attention to the recent market trends for both currencies.

United States Dollar (USD)

The US dollar has held its value this year despite a serious escalation in US-China trade tensions, mainly because the greenback is still considered a safer currency to own than most others. After grim employment data on June-7, the Dollar Index was up 0.5 percent on the year (it had fallen 2 percent from May’s 2-year high).

As in other parts of the world, interest rate cuts are now expected in the US following a drastic shift in economic forecasts. At least two Fed cuts are expected this year, with the first most likely to come in July.

Taking the blame for the economic downturn is US President Donald Trump, whose trade policies have set a ball rolling that could wipe $455bn from global output according to the IMF.

Read more in the article USD Forecasts.


Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR)

As of September 2018, Sri Lanka is at the top of a list of seven emerging market countries that are most likely to join nations such as Turkey and Argentina in a currency crisis according to the investment bank Nomura. "Sri Lanka is at risk of a crisis erupting at any time," the economists noted.

"With foreign exchange reserves of less than five months of import cover and high short-term external debt of around $US7.5 billion, its refinancing needs are large. Political stability also remains an issue."

Why can't I just get the USD/LKR market rate I see online or in the media?

The mid-rate is the rate you will see quoted online or the news. It is actually just the half-way point (hence mid-rate) between the last rate at which the USD / LKR was traded (bought or sold) in the international markets.

All foreign exchange providers charge a fee for providing their service and this fee is usually contained within the exchange rate margin (or difference to the mid-rate). Some providers such as Transferwise will quote you the mid-rate (or close to) and charge a separate percentage fee.

Getting a good market rate is mainly about timing however the transaction margin you end up being charged can be considerably reduced by around a few percent (of total amount being exchanged) for travel money and possibly over 5% to 6% when sending money. The exact potential savings depends on the currencies being exchanged and the amount you are transferring and if you are willing to shop around.

Our real-time foreign transfer and travel money/cards comparison calculators make shopping around easy and help you calculate how much you can save.

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