The Low Down on Colombian Currency
Banco de la República
|Currency sub unit:|
$1000, $2000, $5000, $10,000, $20,000, $50,000, $100,000
$20, $50, $100, $200, $500, $1000
The official currency in Colombia is the peso - abbreviated to COP. Like many of the other South American pesos, 1 Colombian peso is divided into 100 centavos.
Pesos have been used in Colombia since 1810 when they replaced the use of the real. The central bank in Colombia is the Banco de la República, which issues the peso.
Since 2001 the Colombian Senate has been discussing the possibility of introducing a new peso worth 1000 old pesos, in a bid to streamline the amount of zeros currently recited on coins and banknotes.
What to spend your peso on**:
A cup of coffee
Local bottle of beer
3 course meal for 2
Local bus ticket
Entry to Cartagena old town
Must-sees in Colombia
Buying Colombian pesos online is easy
Order Colombian peso online, lock in the rate and collect at your local store or at the airport before you fly!
- 1. Click the ‘Buy Colombian peso Now’ button below
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- 2. Choose where to get it
Collect at more than 3,600 pick up locations.
- 3. Pay online
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- Is the Colombian peso a restricted currency?
The Colombian peso is considered to be a restricted currency, meaning there are limitations to the tradability of this currency. Fund transfers in Colombian pesos are not allowed outside of Colombia.
- Are US dollars accepted in Colombia?
While there may be a handful of places that accept USD as a form of payment, unlike many other South American nations, the majority of Colombia does not accept US dollars; therefore it’s recommend to change AUD into pesos before heading off to Columbia.
- What credit cards are accepted in Colombia?
The most widely-accepted credit cards in Colombia are Visa, MasterCard and American Express. You should be able to use these credit cards at most shops, hotels and restaurants.
*Rates are subject to change throughout the day. In-store rates vary compared to online.
**The figures provided are indicative only and are there to provide an idea of the amount of travel money you may need during your trip.
^^Based on mid-market and Travelex Online AUD to FX exchange rates as of the date of the relevant social media post and/or email communication. Rates are subject to change throughout the day. Any rates and savings are quoted as a guide only.
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