The best Foreign Exchange Services now in Brazil. You can have your travel money at the world-class level that Global Exchange offers you. A fast service where quality, safety and excellence in Customer Service are a must, no matter where you are. Join the Global Exchange Brazil world.Learn more
The best Foreign Exchange Services now in Brazil. You can have your travel money at the world-class level that Global Exchange offers you. A fast service where quality, safety and excellence in Customer Service are a must, no matter where you are. Join the Global Exchange Brazil world.
We are currently the third most important company in the world rendering currency exchange services at international airports and other important touristic spots. At present we have a network of 260 branches located at international airports and hotels in 21 countries and 5 continents, where thanks to our staff of +2,200 employees, we serve more than 5.5 million customers a year.
The Global Exchange Group is currently immersed in an ambitious strategic plan aiming at doublefolding the size of the company over the next 5 years. Our goal is to reach 2021 with presence in 42 countries through 400 branches that will serve 10 million customers a year. This will allow us to increase our workforce to 2,800 employees worldwide. This is a solid and sustained growth that will continue consolidating our leadership in Latin America and the Caribbean and strengthening our growth in other continents such as Europe, North Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
The currencies that we buy / sell in our exchange branches in Brazil are the following:
Since 1994 the Brazilian Real is the legal tender of Brazil, signed as R$ and ISO-coded 4217 BRL. As of today, it is the strongest currency in Latin America and the Central Bank of Brazil is the authority in charge of minting it in coins of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos and 1 real and banknotes of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 reales. The coin is produced in a brass ring with a cupronickel core.Learn more
Since 1994 the Brazilian Real is the legal tender of Brazil, signed as R$ and ISO-coded 4217 BRL. As of today, it is the strongest currency in Latin America and the Central Bank of Brazil is the authority in charge of minting it in coins of 1, 5, 10, 25 and 50 centavos and 1 real and banknotes of 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 reales. The coin is produced in a brass ring with a cupronickel core.
The Brazilian real was created in parity with US dollar, its highest exchange rate reaching in 1995, when a real was traded at 1.20 US dollars. Then, in the 2002 crisis, the Brazilian real depreciated down to its minimum value —0.25 US dollars.
The Real was used as a currency until 1942, when it was replaced by the cruzeiro. It was commonly called "réis", which is the short name for "reais", the plural for "real". After some changes in currency regulations, the Real was introduced in Brazil again in 1994 as part of a process of macroeconomic and institutional reforms integrated in the "Plano Real". These economic measures were a success that enabled to cut inflation, so the Real became a stable currency for the country.
This currency became legal tender during the term of the President Itamar Franco, who took the position as Fernando Collor de Mello stepped down. Tax Minister at that time was Fernando Henrique Cardoso, who would become President for two consecutive terms. On 1st July 1994, 2,750 cruzeiros reais were worth 1 real. The Central Bank of Brazil collected and retired 34,000 million of cruzeiros reais and commissioned 1,500 banknotes of reals for a value of 27,000 million dollars (90% minted in the "Casa da Moeda", Rio de Janeiro, and 10% in other four countries). Additionally, 900 million coins were distributed, with a total of 1,000 tons. This change represented a cost of 10 million dollars.
Since 1986, Brazilian banknotes contained the words "Deus Seja Louvado" (God be praised) and this message was kept when in 1994 the currency of today, the real, was launched as a decision taken by the Ministry of Tax at that time, Fernando Henrique Cardoso. In 2012, the Public Prosecutor of São Paulo sought a court order upon the Ministry of Justice so that the banknotes started to be printed without that sentence. The request was based on the argument that Brazil was a secular state and should be therefore free from any religious influence. Moreover, it was argued that this sentence put one religion before others.
The Central Bank responded to that by stating that the preamble to the Brazilian Constitution explicitly states that the democracy was established "under the protection of God" and that the State, "not being atheist, anticlerical or antireligious, could lawfully make reference to the existence of a higher entity, a god, as long as no specific religious doctrine was suggested".
Brazil has changed up to eight times its currency in little more than 50 years. After going through the réis, cruzeiro, cruzeiro novo, cruzado, cruzado novo, novamente cruzeiro and the cruzeiro real the country finally adopted the currency of today on 1st July 1994. The latest banknotes were issued in 2010; they come in different sizes and include strong security features to ensure authenticity.
In Brazil, we're always on the look out for:
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Our Ombudsman is part of the Ombudsman Sharing System of the Brazilian Exchange Association - ABRACAM.
The Ombudsman service aims to offer an agile and effective solution to situations in which the customer does not feel satisfied with the response to their complaints offered by the regular Global Exchange service channels available at the stores or by the customer service phone 0800 745 1505.
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Contact the Ombudsman at 0800 770 5422 (only calls in Brazil) or if you prefer, fill out this form.
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