OpenCart – Using Multiple Currencies

One of the wonderful things about Opencart is its ability to offer multiple currencies to the customer during the shopping experience. Typically, the 3 currencies that you will see in most shops are the following: USD, EURO, and POUND STERLING. You never know what preference a shopper may have and it is important to offer this to them.

Common Q&A’s

If someone checks out with a particular currency will it affect the way that money hit’s my bank?

NO, the currency selector is nothing more than a visual esthetic for the shopper. Conversions will take place with your payment gateway to the correct currency after the purchase.

Can all currencies work with Pay Pal?

No, the complete list of accepted PayPal currencies is here:

  • Canadian Dollar
  • Euro
  • British Pound
  • U.S. Dollar
  • Japanese Yen
  • Australian Dollar
  • New Zealand Dollar
  • Swiss Franc
  • Hong Kong Dollar
  • Singapore Dollar
  • Swedish Krona
  • Danish Krone
  • Polish Zloty
  • Norwegian Krone
  • Hungarian Forint
  • Czech Koruna
  • Israeli New Shekel
  • Mexican Peso
  • Brazilian Real (only for Brazilian members)
  • Malaysian Ringgit (only for Malaysian members)
  • Philippine Peso
  • New Taiwan Dollar
  • Thai Baht
  • Turkish Lira (only for Turkish members)

If I use USD and the shopper checks out with EURO will I be getting the same amount in USD to my bank?

Yes, the conversion will take place at some point after the initial checkout and it will equal the amount in USD. The opencart system already does this math for you prior to checkout so you can be sure it is accurate. The system also takes care of conversion rate changes by dynamically keeping a link to the conversion database.

Is it up to me to configure the RATE for that currency>?

Yes, you have to login to your admin and go to SYSTEM > LOCALISATION > CURRENCIES and configure all of your currencies there.

Do people in Europe use USD? Do people in the UK use the EURO?

Of course, even someone that lives in ASIA could be using USD. It doesn’t’ matter where someone lives they could be using a totally different currency. This is why we offer as many as possible.

What are the best payment gateways to take care of proper currency conversions?

I would recommend PayPal, or OGONE (for those that live in Europe)

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