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    Currency in Chad – Central African franc XAF

    A practical foreign exchange and currency guide on sending money and travel to Chad

     

     

    Travelling to Chad

    Chad, officially the Republic of Chad, is a landlocked country in north-central Africa. It is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon and Nigeria to the southwest, and Niger to the west. Chad has always been some place where travellers wave goodbye to their comfort zone and say hello to adventure. Even when it is safe to visit, which sadly it is currently not, the art of travel here is demanding in every sense of the word. This, though, is part of the country’s allure, an opportunity to break emphatically away from all that you know, and come to a place that promises experiences, good and bad, that happen nowhere else. But if Chad is such a demanding place to travel, why ever bother? Picture sublime oases hiding in the northern deserts, stampeding herds of wildlife running through national parks and deep blues awaiting boats on Lake Chad – put simply, when Chad is accessible it’s a country and an experience that can never be forgotten.

    Chad is known for its surreal and other wordly landscapes.

    What currency to use in Chad?

    As in Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, Gabon, and Equatorial Guinea, the official currency in Chad is the Central African CFA franc, not to be confused with the West African CFA franc. Credit cards are rarely accepted. You can change money at the airport or the larger banks in N’Djamena.

    How to travel in Chad?

    With the exception of those from a few neighboring African countries, Chad requires a visa and valid passport of all visitors, who must then register with the national police within 72 hours of their arrival. Visas should be arranged for in advance.

    Except for the main roads in N’Djamena, almost all roads in Chad are unpaved and poorly maintained, but driving is the only method of transportation available outside the capital. Roadside bandits target drivers, particularly those in foreign cars, and there are few gas stations or repair shops. Most of N’Djamena is accessible by foot or car, although a few taxis hang around the wealthier parts of town.

    Travel tips for Chad.

    Chad and Sudan have long been uneasy neighbours, and things took a turn for the worse in 2003 when unrest in Sudan’s Darfur region began to spill across the border, along with hundreds of thousands of Sudanese refugees. Chad and Sudan then began accusing each other of backing and harbouring rebels, and the dispute led to the severing of relations in 2006. In the years immediately following this cutting of ties, the Sudanese government was accused of supporting Chadian rebels, who at one point came within a bullet’s breeze of seizing N’djaména. Chad was in turn accused of supporting rebels in Sudan. In 2010, however, the two countries agreed to normalise relations and withdraw support for rebel groups operating in each other’s territories.

    The dry season (September to June) is the best for travel between cities, though it’s unlikely that tourists will be doing much of that in the near future. Rebel activity also increases during that time, so the period between June and August may be the safest one for visiting, if somewhat more inconvenient.

    Especially during the wet season, malaria can be a major problem in Chad. Take antimalarial medications with you, along with insect repellent and mosquito netting, as many hotels do not have the latter.

    With the exception of those from a few neighboring African countries, Chad requires a visa and valid passport of all visitors, who must then register with the national police within 72 hours of their arrival. Visas should be arranged for in advance.

    Sending Money to Chad

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    Central African franc – Markets & Rates

    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.

     

    1 USD = 578.80 XAF
    Sell USD  →  Buy XAF
    USD to XAF at 578.7 has risen 1.8% above its 90-day average, range 554.7-585.7.
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    Historic USD-XAF Rates

    USD/XAF wasChangePeriod
    585.51
    24 Nov 2021
    1.2% 2 Weeks
    554.80
    09 Sep 2021
    4.2% 90 Days
    541.71
    08 Dec 2020
    6.8% 1 Year
    619.18
    09 Dec 2016
    6.6% 5 Years
    490.07
    11 Dec 2011
    18% 10 Years
    730.87
    13 Dec 2001
    20.9% 20 Years
    USD/XAF change over periods to 08-Dec-2021

     

    XAF is also used in 5 other countries

     

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