The US dollar is best known as the currency of the United States, but the buck doesn’t stop there! While some countries today use the dollar as their sole currency, others use it alongside their own or, in certain cases, alongside other foreign currencies. Check out the list below to find out which countries use the US dollar.
Only Use The US Dollar
It may surprise you to discover that, beyond the United States of America and its five territories, five sovereign nations and a number of overseas territories have the US dollar as their sole currency. In alphabetical order, the countries and territories that only use the US dollar are:
- American Samoa, Unincorporated territory of the U.S.
- British Virgin Islands, British Overseas Territory
- Caribbean Netherlands, Special Municipalities of the Netherlands
- El Salvador
- Federated States of Micronesia
- Guam, Unincorporated territory of the U.S.
- Marshall Islands
- Northern Mariana Islands, Unincorporated territory of the U.S.
- Puerto Rico, Unincorporated territory of the U.S.
- Turks and Caicos Islands, British Overseas Territory
- United States of America
- Virgin Islands of the United States, Insular area territory of the U.S.
Use The US Dollar Alongside National Currency
Certain countries have chosen to adopt the US dollar but due to the economic situation within their own countries have maintained their own currency alongside it. In each of these cases, paper money can only be found in the form of US dollars, while the coins of the national currency are used. That being said, US dollar coins are also widely accepted in these countries. Here are the countries that use the US dollar along with their national currency:
- Ecuador, US dollar / Ecuadorian centavo
- Panama, US dollar / Panamanian balboa
- Timor-Leste, US dollar / East Timor centavo
Use The US Dollar Alongside Other Foreign Currencies
There is one country that currently maintains the US dollar as official legal tender in a basket alongside other foreign currencies. While nine currencies in total are legally accepted, the US dollar remains the most popular and commonly used. Here is the country that uses the US dollar alongside other foreign currencies:
US Dollar is an Unofficial Currency
While we have now covered all of the places in which the US dollar is accepted as an official currency, there is a significant amount of other countries in which the dollar is, though not considered legal tender, widely accepted. As it is only accepted in an unofficial capacity, it is still very much advisable to acquire funds in the local currency. However, in major tourist spots and, in the case of Canada and Mexico, along the border, it is a safe bet that you can use US dollars. Here are the countries that often accept US dollars:
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