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US Dollar to Tongan Pa’anga Exchange Rate
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How can I get the best exchange rate between the US dollar and the Tongan pa’anga?
As a small currency that’s not fully convertible, it might be tough finding places to exchange your US dollars to Tongan pa’anga outside of Tonga. For money transfers to Tonga, using an online money transfer provider is your best option. Transactions with this type of service are quick, with low service fees and good exchange rates for most currencies in the world.
Expect to use cash a lot when you travel in Tonga. ATM’s are found in some locations, while other areas don’t have them at all. Debit and credit cards are generally not accepted, with the exception of at some major hotels — watch out for high fees in this case.
Exchanging USD to TOP in cash is likely your best option when visiting Tonga. Many travelers say that the currency exchange counter located at the international airport offers decent exchange rates, but you can also try one of the banks downtown.
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|Bank notes:||T$1, T$2, T$5, T$10, T$20, T$50, T$100|
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What affects exchange rates between the US dollar and the Tongan pa’anga?
Rather than being pegged to a single currency, the Tongan pa’anga is pegged to a weighted average of different foreign currencies:
- Australian dollar
- New Zealand dollar
- US dollar
- Japanese yen
Changes in the exchange rate between any of these currencies will also have an effect on the exchange rate between the Tongan pa’anga and the US dollar.
As a very small economy, the Tongan currency benefits from being pegged to these currencies. If it was free-floating, the Tongan pa’anga would probably be far too volatile, especially for foreign investors. Most of Tonga’s economy consists of subsistence farming and fishing, and because the total value of exports is pretty small, it’s hard to maintain a stable free-floating currency.
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How does the Tongan pa’anga trade against the US dollar historically?
Despite the pegging system in place, the exchange rate between the Tongan pa’anga and the US dollar has been relatively volatile over the past ten years. It’s fluctuated between a high of 1.6 pa’anga per dollar in 2011 and a low of 2.34 pa’anga per dollar in early 2016.
The future of the exchange rate between the pa’anga and the dollar depends on how the other currencies pegged to the pa’anga compare to the dollar. If the US dollar were to weaken against other currencies, the value of the pa’anga would strengthen compared to the US dollar — and vice versa.
US Dollar to the Tongan Pa’anga for the last 10 days
|Feb 16||Feb 17||Feb 18||Feb 19||Feb 20||Feb 21||Feb 22||Feb 23||Feb 24||Feb 25|
|1 USD =||2.3117 Inverse: 0.4326||2.3122 Inverse: 0.4325||2.3127 Inverse: 0.4324||2.3149 Inverse: 0.4320||2.3165 Inverse: 0.4317||2.3165 Inverse: 0.4317||2.3165 Inverse: 0.4317||2.3208 Inverse: 0.4309||2.3203 Inverse: 0.4310||2.3198 Inverse: 0.4311|
US Dollar to the Tongan Pa’anga for the last 10 months
|Apr 2019||May 2019||Jun 2019||Jul 2019||Aug 2019||Sep 2019||Oct 2019||Nov 2019||Dec 2019||Jan 2020|
|1 USD =||2.2824 Inverse: 0.4381||2.2945 Inverse: 0.4358||2.2788 Inverse: 0.4388||2.2829 Inverse: 0.4380||2.3206 Inverse: 0.4309||2.3227 Inverse: 0.4305||2.3201 Inverse: 0.4310||2.3198 Inverse: 0.4311||2.2947 Inverse: 0.4358||2.3021 Inverse: 0.4344|
US Dollar to the Tongan Pa’anga for the last 10 years
|Feb 2010||Feb 2011||Feb 2012||Feb 2013||Feb 2014||Feb 2015||Feb 2016||Feb 2017||Feb 2018||Feb 2019|
|1 USD =||1.9533 Inverse: 0.5119||1.8539 Inverse: 0.5394||1.6999 Inverse: 0.5883||1.7379 Inverse: 0.5754||1.8634 Inverse: 0.5367||2.0022 Inverse: 0.4994||2.2802 Inverse: 0.4386||2.2592 Inverse: 0.4426||2.2074 Inverse: 0.4530||2.2566 Inverse: 0.4431|
Market rate for common transfer amounts USD to TOP
|US Dollars (USD)||Tongan Pa’anga (TOP)|
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