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Money and currency

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Before you visit anywhere new, it's a good idea to find out about the currency and exchange rate, and how you can get hold of cash or use your credit card while you are away. Here you'll find some useful information about currency and making money transactions in the UK to help make your...

Currency & exchanging money

A moeda na Grã-Bretanha é a libra esterlina (GBP). O símbolo da libra esterlina é £.

O sistema monetário britânico

O dinheiro britânico é baseado no sistema decimal – em cada libra há cem pence. Coins have the values of 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p, 50p, £1 and £2. Notes have the values of £5, £10, £20 and £50. As notas £1 escocesas ainda estão em circulação na Escócia. As Ilhas do Canal e a Ilha de Man têm algumas moedas e notas diferentes do continente mas o sistema monetário é o mesmo.

Trazer dinheiro para o Reino Unido

If you are an EU citizen and travelling from within the EU you can bring in and take out bank notes, travellers' cheques, letters of credit etc. in any currency and up to any amount.

Please note that from 15 June 2007, if you are travelling to or from a country outside the European Union (EU), you will need to declare any sums of cash of 10,000 Euro or more (or the equivalent in another currency) to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).

Currency limits

Changing money & exchange rates

Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, post offices, some hotels and Bureau de Change kiosks, which are found at international airports and most city centres.  To see today’s exchange rate visit the Financial Times currencies website.

Horários dos bancos

Os bancos estão normalmente abertos das 09:30 às 16:30 de 2ªfeira a 6ªfeira. However, opening hours are can differ considerably from branch to branch. All banks are closed on public holidays and some banks in Scotland close for an hour at lunchtime. Muitos bancos têm uma entrada que está aberta 24 horas onde se pode ter acesso a uma série de serviços através de máquinas. Os visitantes de outros países devem verificar com o seu banco se vão ter acesso a esses serviços.

Levantar dinheiro quando os bancos estão fechados

Há bancos que estão abertos ao Sábado e alguns estão abertos ao Domingo durante algumas horas. If you need British currency when the banks are closed, you can obtain it at larger high-street travel agents, in exchange offices in large department stores, at counter desks in larger hotels or at one of the many independent Bureau de Change. O regulamento obriga a todos os Bureaux de Change a ter bem à vista todas as taxas de câmbio e todos os detalhes dos valores e taxas das comissões.


You’ll find Automated Teller Machines (ATM), or cash machines, as we often call them, at most banks, high streets and shopping centres. You can use international credit cards, debit cards and bank cards at ATMs providing they have a four-digit PIN encoded. As a general rule, any cash machine that displays the Visa badge can be used by Plus cardholders and those displaying the MasterCard badge can be used by Cirrus cardholders.

Cartões de crédito

All credit cards that bear the Visa, MasterCard or American Express logo are widely accepted in Britain. If your card does not bear one of these logos, you should ask the retailer in advance if you can use it, or check if your card’s logo is displayed at the payment area. You should be aware that retailers can charge more for goods and services bought by credit card, but they must display a clear indication if any price increase applies.