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    Central African Republic - Central African franc - Currency Guide


    Foreign exchange guide to Central African Republic and the Central African franc (XAF)


    USD/XAF Trend (90-day)

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

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

    USD to XAF Currency Trend Chart

    General Currency Info - Central African franc

    The Central African CFA franc (XAF) is the currency of six independent states in Central Africa - Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. The currency was introduced to the previously French colonies in Equatorial Africa in 1945, replacing the French Equatorial African franc. The currency continued in use when these colonies gained their independence. Equatorial Guinea, the only former Spanish colony in the zone, adopted the CFA franc in 1984.

    In several west African states the West African CFA franc (currency code XOF) is in circulation, such as Benin - West African CFA franc. The West African CFA franc is of equal value to the Central African CFA franc.

    Both XAF and XOF currencies are referred to as the CFA franc.


    XAF Forecasts and Trends

    The Central African CFA franc has a fixed rate of exchange with the euro (and previously the French franc) set at 1 euro = 655.957 CFA francs.

    The CFA franc is characterised as a credible and stable currency, a significant virtue given the experience of most currency-issuing African nations.

    US dollar to Central African franc - Historical Rates

    USD/XAF 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
    6.2% 5 Years
    22 Oct 2011
    17.9% 10 Years
    24 Oct 2001
    23.3% 20 Years
    USD/XAF change over periods to 19-Oct-2021

    $10,000 USD
    FCFA5,639,378 XAF

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

    USD to XAF - Quick Amounts

    Sell USD   →   Buy XAF
    $ 1 FCFA 563.94
    $ 5 FCFA 2,820
    $ 10 FCFA 5,639
    $ 20 FCFA 11,279
    $ 50 FCFA 28,197
    $ 100 FCFA 56,394
    $ 250 FCFA 140,985
    $ 500 FCFA 281,970
    $ 1,000 FCFA 563,940
    $ 2,000 FCFA 1,127,880
    $ 5,000 FCFA 2,819,700
    $ 10,000 FCFA 5,639,400
    $ 20,000 FCFA 11,278,800
    $ 50,000 FCFA 28,197,000
    $ 100,000 FCFA 56,394,000
    $ 0.0018 FCFA 1
    $ 0.0089 FCFA 5
    $ 0.0177 FCFA 10
    $ 0.0355 FCFA 20
    $ 0.0887 FCFA 50
    $ 0.1773 FCFA 100
    $ 0.4433 FCFA 250
    $ 0.8865 FCFA 500
    $ 1.7730 FCFA 1,000
    $ 3.5460 FCFA 2,000
    $ 8.8650 FCFA 5,000
    $ 17.73 FCFA 10,000
    $ 35.46 FCFA 20,000
    $ 88.65 FCFA 50,000
    $ 177.30 FCFA 100,000

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    Frequently Asked Questions


    What currency should I use in Central African Republic?

    The domestic currency in Central African Republic is the Central African franc.

    What is the Central African franc currency code and symbol?

    The three letter currency code for the Central African franc is XAF — symbol is FCFA.

    Which countries use the Central African franc?

    It is the domestic currency in    Cameroon,   Central African Republic,   Chad,   Congo,   Equatorial Guinea and Gabon.

    Is the Central African franc a closed currency?

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


    Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Central African Republic

    Travel money for Central African Republic

    Save money and time by Ordering your Central African franc online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the XAF 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 Central African franc otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


    Send Money to Central African Republic - Best Rates

    To get a good (and fair) exchange rate when sending money to Central African Republic 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 Central African Republic

    When sending money to Central African Republic 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 Central 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 XAF amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Central African Republic.

    Use the above Send to Central 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 Central African franc deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

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