US Dollar to Samoan Tala Exchange Rate

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Get the best exchange rate between the US dollar and Samoan tala

For travelers to Samoa, you’ll typically get the best exchange rate once you arrive in the country. You can find several reputable currency exchange companies in the airport that’ll exchange USD to WST at competitive exchange rates.

Another option to get tala when traveling to Samoa is to:

  • Withdraw tala using an ATM card. Several large Australian banks like Westpac and ANZ have branches and ATMs in Samoa. Keep in mind the fees that come with using your credit or debit card overseas. Since Samoa is still a mostly cash-based country, it’s also worth noting that ATMs may be few and far between outside of the capital city.
  • Transfer money to Samoa. These transactions can easily be processed using an online money transfer service. When deciding which provider to use, choose one that offers a combination of good exchange rates, inexpensive fees and fast transaction times.

US Dollar

The US dollar is the most traded currency in the world. The world’s unofficial reserve currency, it can be found in most major currency pairs. In forex, it’s an important benchmark and target rate for countries that fix or peg their currencies against its value. It is also used as the standard currency for oil, precious metals and other commodities.
Currency:US Dollar
Currency Symbol:$
Sub unit:cents
Bank notes:$1, $5, $10, $20, $50, $100
Coins:1c, 5c, 10c, 25c, 50c

Samoan Tala

The tala has been the official currency of Samoa since 1967, after it gained independence from New Zealand in 1962. The small island of Samoa depends on agriculture exports, private remittances from overseas and development aid to sustain the economy.
Currency:Samoan Tala
Currency Symbol:WS$ (sometimes SAT, ST or T)
Sub unit:sene
Bank notes:2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 tālā
Coins:10, 20, 50 sene, 1 and 2 tālā

What affects exchange rates between the US dollar and the Samoan tala?

The exchange rate between the Samoan tala and the US dollar is managed by the Central Bank of Samoa under a currency peg system. As of 2018, the tala is pegged to four currencies that are weighted according to the share they make up of Samoan trade, they are:

  • US dollar
  • Australian dollar
  • New Zealand dollar
  • The euro

Since the tala is pegged to a few different currencies, the exchange rates of those other currencies compared to the US dollar also have an effect on the exchange rate between USD and WST. Also, due to New Zealand being such an important trading partner for Samoa, the New Zealand dollar has a large influence on the value of the tala when compared to the US dollar.

Because of the managed exchange rates, the value of the Samoan tala doesn’t respond to supply and demand in a way other currencies do. However, the Samoan economy can still impact the value of the tala and the central bank uses that information when fixing the exchange rate.

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How does the Samoan tala trade against the US dollar historically?

  • Until 1984, the value of the Samoan tala was fixed to the New Zealand dollar, meaning the exchange rate between the tala and the US dollar followed the rate between the New Zealand dollar and US dollar.
  • Other than a temporary drop in value following the Financial Crisis in 2008-2009, the exchange rate between the tala and dollar has mostly traded around 2.5 tala per dollar.

Because of the peg system in place in Samoa, the exchange rate between the tala and the US dollar has been fairly stable over the past 10 years.

US Dollar to the Samoan Tala for the last 10 days

Oct 19 Oct 20 Oct 21 Oct 22 Oct 23 Oct 24 Oct 25 Oct 26 Oct 27 Oct 28
1 USD = 2.6227 Inverse: 0.3813 2.6226 Inverse: 0.3813 2.6253 Inverse: 0.3809 2.6200 Inverse: 0.3817 2.6139 Inverse: 0.3826 2.6299 Inverse: 0.3802 2.6299 Inverse: 0.3802 2.6100 Inverse: 0.3831 2.6105 Inverse: 0.3831 2.6119 Inverse: 0.3829

US Dollar to the Samoan Tala for the last 10 months

Dec 2019 Jan 2020 Feb 2020 Mar 2020 Apr 2020 May 2020 Jun 2020 Jul 2020 Aug 2020 Sep 2020
1 USD = 2.6297 Inverse: 0.3803 2.6360 Inverse: 0.3794 2.6783 Inverse: 0.3734 2.7486 Inverse: 0.3638 2.7686 Inverse: 0.3612 2.7429 Inverse: 0.3646 2.7182 Inverse: 0.3679 2.6349 Inverse: 0.3795 2.6257 Inverse: 0.3808 2.6182 Inverse: 0.3819

US Dollar to the Samoan Tala for the last 10 years

Oct 2010 Oct 2011 Oct 2012 Oct 2013 Oct 2014 Oct 2015 Oct 2016 Oct 2017 Oct 2018 Oct 2019
1 USD = 2.3492 Inverse: 0.4257 2.3077 Inverse: 0.4333 2.2938 Inverse: 0.4360 2.2933 Inverse: 0.4361 2.3812 Inverse: 0.4200 2.5466 Inverse: 0.3927 2.5380 Inverse: 0.3940 2.5299 Inverse: 0.3953 2.6275 Inverse: 0.3806 2.6431 Inverse: 0.3783

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