Foreign exchange guide to Chad and the Central African franc
What's in this Chad currency guide?
The official currency of Chad (country code: TD) is the Central African franc, with symbol FCFA and currency code XAF.
Here are some things you might want to know about the Central African CFA franc:
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.
Chad is a country located in central Africa that is facing significant security risks and political instability. Travel to Chad is generally not recommended due to the ongoing conflict, risk of terrorism, and the risk of kidnapping, crime, and other forms of violence. The U.S. Department of State has issued a Level 4: Do Not Travel warning for Chad.
If you do decide to travel to Chad, it is important to exercise extreme caution, stay up to date on local security developments, and follow the advice of local authorities and your embassy or consulate. It is also advisable to have a well-planned and secure itinerary and to avoid traveling alone. It is important to be aware of local customs and cultural norms and to dress modestly.
Here are some other travel tips for Chad:
Bring copies of important documents: Carry copies of your passport, visa, and other important documents in case the originals are lost or stolen.
Stay in touch with your embassy: Make sure your embassy knows where you are and how to contact you in case of an emergency.
Be aware of your surroundings: Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times to reduce the risk of crime. Avoid walking alone at night and do not carry large amounts of cash.
Respect local customs and laws: Respect local customs and laws, and be aware that some activities that are legal in your home country may be illegal in Chad.
Take necessary health precautions: Make sure you are up to date on your vaccinations and consider carrying a basic travel health kit. Drink bottled water and be cautious about the food you eat to reduce the risk of illness.
Given the current security situation in Chad, it is not recommended to travel to the country at this time. However, if you do decide to visit Chad in the future, here are some things you might consider doing:
Visit the capital city of N'Djamena: The capital city of N'Djamena is home to a number of interesting attractions, including the National Museum, which houses a collection of artifacts and artworks from Chad's history.
Explore the Sahara Desert: Chad is home to a large portion of the Sahara Desert, and there are a number of tour operators that offer safari and camel trekking trips into the desert.
Visit the Ennedi Plateau: The Ennedi Plateau is a stunning natural area in the north of Chad that is home to a number of fascinating rock formations, including the Arch of the Ennedi.
Learn about Chad's history and culture: Chad is a culturally diverse country with a rich history. Visit the Museum of Chad in N'Djamena to learn more about the country's past, or visit one of the many markets in the country to learn about local craftsmanship and traditional art.
Visit a national park: Chad is home to a number of national parks, including Zakouma National Park, which is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, and chimpanzees.
It is important to note that the security situation in Chad is fluid and can change quickly, so it is essential to stay up to date on local developments and to follow the advice of local authorities and your embassy or consulate.
The domestic currency in Chad is the Central African franc.
The three letter currency code for the Central African franc is XAF — symbol is FCFA.
No, the Central African franc is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?
|$ 1||FCFA 602.94|
|$ 5||FCFA 3,015|
|$ 10||FCFA 6,029|
|$ 20||FCFA 12,059|
|$ 50||FCFA 30,147|
|$ 100||FCFA 60,294|
|$ 250||FCFA 150,735|
|$ 500||FCFA 301,470|
|$ 1,000||FCFA 602,940|
|$ 2,000||FCFA 1,205,880|
|$ 5,000||FCFA 3,014,700|
|$ 10,000||FCFA 6,029,400|
|$ 20,000||FCFA 12,058,800|
|$ 50,000||FCFA 30,147,000|
|$ 100,000||FCFA 60,294,000|
|$ 0.0017||FCFA 1|
|$ 0.0083||FCFA 5|
|$ 0.0166||FCFA 10|
|$ 0.0332||FCFA 20|
|$ 0.0830||FCFA 50|
|$ 0.1659||FCFA 100|
|$ 0.4148||FCFA 250|
|$ 0.8295||FCFA 500|
|$ 1.6590||FCFA 1,000|
|$ 3.3180||FCFA 2,000|
|$ 8.2950||FCFA 5,000|
|$ 16.59||FCFA 10,000|
|$ 33.18||FCFA 20,000|
|$ 82.95||FCFA 50,000|
|$ 165.90||FCFA 100,000|
To get a good (and fair) exchange rate when sending money to Chad 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.
When sending money to Chad 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 :
Use the above 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!