Currency codes


The PayPal REST API supports merchants in a number of countries and supports currencies depending on the payment type, PayPal payments or direct credit card payments.

Note: To receive payments in a currency that you do not hold in your PayPal account, you must configure your Payment Receiving Preferences within your account. Otherwise, the payment status remains pending until you manually approve the payment in your PayPal account.

PayPal account payments

The REST API supports many countries for PayPal account payments if you have a business account. For country-specific offerings and limitations, see PayPal Offerings Worldwide and visit your country-specific site.

To specify currencies in request URI and body parameters, use three-character ISO-4217 codes.

The PayPal REST Payments API supports these currencies:

Currency Code
Australian dollar AUD
Brazilian real 2 BRL
Canadian dollar CAD
Chinese Renmenbi 3 CNY
Czech koruna CZK
Danish krone DKK
Euro EUR
Hong Kong dollar HKD
Hungarian forint 1 HUF
Israeli new shekel ILS
Japanese yen 1 JPY
Malaysian ringgit 3 MYR
Mexican peso MXN
New Taiwan dollar 1 TWD
New Zealand dollar NZD
Norwegian krone NOK
Philippine peso PHP
Polish złoty PLN
Pound sterling GBP
Russian ruble RUB
Singapore dollar SGD
Swedish krona SEK
Swiss franc CHF
Thai baht THB
United States dollar USD

1 This currency does not support decimals. If you pass a decimal amount, an error occurs.

2 This currency is supported as a payment currency and a currency balance for in-country PayPal accounts only. If the receiver of funds is not from Brazil, then PayPal converts funds into the primary holding currency of the account with the applicable currency conversion rate. The currency conversion rate includes PayPal's applicable spread or fee.

3 This currency is supported as a payment currency and a currency balance for in-country PayPal accounts only.

Payment Receiving Preferences

If you have a PayPal Premier or Business account, configure your Payment Receiving Preferences to handle payments automatically. You can convert any payment into your primary currency or block certain types of payments.

You can set the following:

  • Block or unblock payments from U.S. customers who don't have a confirmed address.
  • Block or unblock payments sent to you in a currency you don't hold.
  • Block or unblock payments for duplicate invoice IDs.
  • Block or unblock payments from customers who have non-U.S. PayPal accounts.
  • Block or unblock payments from Student Account holders.
  1. Log in to your PayPal business account at
  2. Click the settings icon at the top of your PayPal account page and then click Account Settings.
  3. From the left menu, click Payment preferences.
  4. Click the Update link for the Block Payments item. Update your settings and they save automatically.