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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)

USDXAF at 539.3 has fallen 1.4% below its 90-day average, range 539.0-559.8.
1D-0.8% 60DLOW
Alerts:1D-0.8% | 60DLOW |
Recent USD to XAF Trend + Alerts

The above interactive chart shows the USD/XAF Exchange Rate, Trends and Alerts - UP DOWN HIGH LOW

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 News, 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

30 Apr 2021
1.2% ▼1 Week
07 Apr 2021
2.4% ▼30 Days
06 Feb 2021
0.9% ▼90 Days
07 May 2020
10.9% ▼1 Year
08 May 2016
6.4% ▼5 Years
10 May 2011
18% ▲10 Years

USD/XAF 10 year historic rates & change to 07-May-2021 : 539.29


$10,000 USD
FCFA5,392,942 XAF

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

US dollar to Central African franc - Quick Convert

$ 1 FCFA 539.29
$ 5 FCFA 2,696
$ 10 FCFA 5,393
$ 20 FCFA 10,786
$ 50 FCFA 26,965
$ 100 FCFA 53,929
$ 250 FCFA 134,823
$ 500 FCFA 269,645
$ 1,000 FCFA 539,290
$ 2,000 FCFA 1,078,580
$ 5,000 FCFA 2,696,450
$ 10,000 FCFA 5,392,900
$ 50,000 FCFA 26,964,500
$ 100,000 FCFA 53,929,000
More amounts
$ 0.0019 FCFA 1
$ 0.0093 FCFA 5
$ 0.0185 FCFA 10
$ 0.0371 FCFA 20
$ 0.0927 FCFA 50
$ 0.1854 FCFA 100
$ 0.4635 FCFA 250
$ 0.9270 FCFA 500
$ 1.8540 FCFA 1,000
$ 3.7080 FCFA 2,000
$ 9.2700 FCFA 5,000
$ 18.54 FCFA 10,000
$ 92.70 FCFA 50,000
$ 185.40 FCFA 100,000
More amounts

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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