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    Burkina Faso - West African franc - Currency Guide


    Foreign exchange guide to Burkina Faso and the West African franc (XOF)


    USD/XOF Trend (90-day)

    USD to XOF at 563.8 is 0.9% above its 90-day average, range 551.8-568.8.

    The below interactive chart displays the USD/XOF trend and UP DOWN HIGH LOW alerts

    USD to XOF Currency Trend Chart

    General Currency Info - West African franc

    The West Africa CFA franc (XAF) is the currency of six independent states in Western Africa - Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

    In several central African states the Central African CFA franc (currency code XAF) is in circulation, such as Cameroon - Central African CFA franc. The Central African CFA franc is of equal value to the West African franc. Both XAF and XOF currencies are referred to as the CFA franc.


    XOF Forecasts and Trends

    The West Africa CFA franc has a fixed rate of exchange with the euro (and previously the French franc) set at 1 euro = 655.957 XOF. The XOF franc is characterised as a credible and stable currency, a significant virtue given the experience of most currency-issuing African nations.

    US dollar to West African franc - Historical Rates

    USD/XOF wasChangePeriod
    05 Oct 2021
    0.3% 2 Weeks
    21 Jul 2021
    1.4% 90 Days
    19 Oct 2020
    1.2% 1 Year
    20 Oct 2016
    6.3% 5 Years
    22 Oct 2011
    18.2% 10 Years
    24 Oct 2001
    23.3% 20 Years
    USD/XOF change over periods to 19-Oct-2021

    $10,000 USD
    5,638,345 XOF

    Converted at USD/XOF interbank rate, compare Send Money and Currency Exchange exchange rates.

    USD to XOF - Quick Amounts

    Sell USD   →   Buy XOF
    $ 1 563.83
    $ 5 2,819
    $ 10 5,638
    $ 20 11,277
    $ 50 28,192
    $ 100 56,383
    $ 250 140,958
    $ 500 281,915
    $ 1,000 563,830
    $ 2,000 1,127,660
    $ 5,000 2,819,150
    $ 10,000 5,638,300
    $ 20,000 11,276,600
    $ 50,000 28,191,500
    $ 100,000 56,383,000
    $ 0.0018 1
    $ 0.0089 5
    $ 0.0177 10
    $ 0.0355 20
    $ 0.0887 50
    $ 0.1774 100
    $ 0.4435 250
    $ 0.8870 500
    $ 1.7740 1,000
    $ 3.5480 2,000
    $ 8.8700 5,000
    $ 17.74 10,000
    $ 35.48 20,000
    $ 88.70 50,000
    $ 177.40 100,000

    More amounts


    Frequently Asked Questions


    What currency should I use in Burkina Faso?

    The domestic currency in Burkina Faso is the West African franc.

    What is the West African franc currency code and symbol?

    The three letter currency code for the West African franc is XOF.

    Which countries use the West African franc?

    It is the domestic currency in    Senegal,   Benin,   Burkina Faso,   Ivory Coast,   Guinea-Bissau,   Mali,   Niger and Togo.

    Is the West African franc a closed currency?

    No, the West African franc is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?


    Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Burkina Faso

    Whether it's the mud architecture of the Tiebele royal court or the grand mosque, the reserve de Nazinga wildlife park, or the stepped waterfalls, there are many worthwhile reasons to visit landlocked Burkina Faso. The currency is Communaute Financiere Africaine Francs (XOF). If you are bringing foreign currency for exchange, euros will be the safest bet . ATMs are widespread in cities and credit cards are not generally accepted. Unfortunately, at the time of writing April 2018, many countries are advising against non-essential travel to Burkina due to the high risk of terrorist attacks. The Zika virus is also considered a risk at present.


    Travel money for Burkina Faso

    Save money and time by Ordering your West African franc online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the XOF cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

    Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

    For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in West African franc otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


    Send Money to Burkina Faso - Best Rates

    To get a good (and fair) exchange rate when sending money to Burkina Faso you need to find and compare exchange rates for International Money Transfers (IMTs).

    The available FX rates for sending money abroad can be very different to the mid-market (wholesale) rate which you see reported online and in the News.

    You should especially compare your own bank's exchange rates to those available from Money Transfer specialists to see how much you can save - we make that calculation easy in the below table.

    Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Burkina Faso

    When sending money to Burkina Faso it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

    1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
    2. You specify the local or West African franc amount you want to transfer
    3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
    4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted XOF amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Burkina Faso.

    Use the above Send to West African franc calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more West African franc deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

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