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    Currency in Rwanda RWF - Things to know

    Foreign exchange guide to Rwanda and the Rwandan franc


    What currency is used in Rwanda?

    The official currency of Rwanda (country code: RW) is the Rwandan franc, with symbol ر.س and currency code RWF.

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    Things to know about the Rwandan franc

    The Rwandan franc (RWF) is the official currency of Rwanda, a country located in East Africa. Here are a few things to know about the Rwandan franc:

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    3. The exchange rate for the Saudi riyal is determined by supply and demand in the foreign exchange market.
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    Travel money for Rwanda

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


    USD/RWF Market Data

    The below interactive chart displays the USD/RWF change and UP📈 DOWN📉 trends over the past 1 Year.

    1 USD =
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    What currency should I use in Rwanda?

    The domestic currency in Rwanda is the Rwandan franc.

    What is the Rwandan franc currency code and symbol?

    The three letter currency code for the Rwandan franc is RWF — symbol is ر.س.

    Which countries use the Rwandan franc?

    It is the domestic currency in    Rwanda.

    Is the Rwandan franc a closed currency?

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

    What are equivalent amounts of USD and RWF?

    Here are some popular conversion amounts for USD to RWF (US dollar to Rwandan franc)*.

    $ 1 ر.س 1,318
    $ 5 ر.س 6,590
    $ 10 ر.س 13,180
    $ 20 ر.س 26,360
    $ 50 ر.س 65,900
    $ 100 ر.س 131,800
    $ 250 ر.س 329,500
    $ 500 ر.س 659,000
    $ 1,000 ر.س 1,318,000
    $ 2,000 ر.س 2,636,000
    $ 5,000 ر.س 6,590,000
    $ 10,000 ر.س 13,180,000
    $ 20,000 ر.س 26,360,000
    $ 50,000 ر.س 65,900,000
    $ 100,000 ر.س 131,800,000
    $ 0.0008 ر.س 1
    $ 0.0038 ر.س 5
    $ 0.0076 ر.س 10
    $ 0.0152 ر.س 20
    $ 0.0380 ر.س 50
    $ 0.0759 ر.س 100
    $ 0.1898 ر.س 250
    $ 0.3795 ر.س 500
    $ 0.7590 ر.س 1,000
    $ 1.5180 ر.س 2,000
    $ 3.7950 ر.س 5,000
    $ 7.5900 ر.س 10,000
    $ 15.18 ر.س 20,000
    $ 37.95 ر.س 50,000
    $ 75.90 ر.س 100,000

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    *Converted at the current USDRWF interbank exchange rate. Calculate actual payout amounts for Send Money and Travel Money exchange rates.

    Send Money to Rwanda - Best Rates

    To get a good (and fair) exchange rate when sending money to Rwanda 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 Rwanda

    When sending money to Rwanda 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 Rwandan 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 RWF amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Rwanda.

    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 Rwandan franc deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


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