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Currency Board

Currency Exchange

The primary objective of the Stock Exchange is to assist international trade and investment allowing conversion of one currency to another. This can be done delivering Colones for other foreign currency and vice versa through an established exchange rate.

1. Which is the objective of the BCR Currency Board?

The BCR provides its customers the service of buying / selling currency offering negotiation of several currencies commonly used in Costa Rica.


In addition, the Banco de Costa Rica offers investment instruments available in foreign currencies – U.S. Dollars and Euros- which can be formalized at any Branch throughout the country.

2. What are the products offered by the Bureau of currencies?

To meet its obligations in foreign currency, the BCR offers its extensive experience and network of correspondents. Our products are:

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FOREX (Foreign Exchange Currency Market): At Bank’s discretion, we are offering our corporate customers the alternative to purchase diverse currencies through our correspondent banks.

Cash: operations where today the price is negotiated and today runs the swap operation. To Colones to U.S. Dollars and Euros and reverse.


3. What currencies do the Banco de Costa Rica buy / sell?

The available currencies are: Euros (EUR), U.S. Dollars (USD), Sterling Pounds (GBP), Swiss Francs (CHF), Canadian Dollars (CAD), Quetzals (GTQ), Lempiras (HNL), Colombian Pesos (COP), Mexican Pesos (MXN), and Córdobas (NIO).


4. What currency does the Banco de Costa Rica buy / sell in cash?

The Currency Exchange Branch: all coins available at the BCR.

Commercial Branches: currency local-Colones-, only buy and sell for cash U.S. Dollars and Euros.


5. Do all BCR branches may sell and buy all available currencies?

Branches which may sell and buy all available currencies are only those Currency Exchange Branches.  Cash is solely negotiated in Euros and US Dollars and The Exchange Desk must be contacted to provide current exchange rate for any transaction.


If you make international operations, use our range of products designed for their welfare.


For further information, please contact the Treasury Office:

Phone: 2211-1125

E-mail: MesadeDivisas@bancobcr.com

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