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About the currency
Thankfully, you don’t need to be a connoisseur of the Pacific Islands to remember the basics of the franc. It stays locked to the value of the euro at exactly 1 euro per 119 XPF, and the declaration laws are exactly the same as in France (EUR 10,000 or more must be declared). As foreign currencies go, this has to be one of the easiest to manage.
Coins and notes
Francs are fairly well distributed, with the coins offering values of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 francs a piece.
The notes cover 500, 1,000, 5,000 and 10,000 francs. Who knew Franc was so versatile?
Facts about the currency
- The CFP franc was founded when the French franc was retired following WWII.
- Every XPF banknote shows a landscape or historical figure from French Polynesia on one side, and New Caledonia on the other, so every note is like your own little postcard.
- Some tourist businesses will accept New Zealand and Australian currencies, but watch out, their exchange rates might not be as friendly as old Franc!
- The CFP franc was used in 3 different forms across New Hebrides, French Polynesia and New Caledonia right up to 1985, until a little common sense kicked in.
Need help making sense of the XPF exchange rate? Check out the chart to see how the two currencies compare. Political and world events can cause rates to fluctuate, so if you’re trying to budget your spending money, you may also find it helpful to sign up for currency alerts.