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Zaire - Congolese Franc - Currency Guide


Foreign exchange guide to Zaire and the Congolese Franc (CDF)


CDF News, Forecasts and Trends

The below interactive chart shows the USD to CDF exchange rate, trend and recent alerts for the last 90 days.

Recent USD to CDF 90-day trend
ALERT:1-DAY0.8% |
USD/CDF at 1933.78 was trading 6.8% above AVG:1811.22 with LO:1705.93 and HI:1948.94 (90 days). ALERT: Today USD/CDF is DOWN 0.8%

US Dollar to Congolese Franc - Historical Rates

USD/CDF rateChangePeriod
06 Jul 2020 : 1938.48770.2% ▼1 Week
13 Jun 2020 : 1857.00004.1% ▲30 Days
14 Apr 2020 : 1720.101212.4% ▲90 Days
14 Jul 2019 : 1665.000016.1% ▲1 Year
15 Jul 2015 : 927.1650108.6% ▼5 Years
16 Jul 2010 : 887.6921117.8% ▼10 Years
USD/CDF 10 year historic rates & changes to 13-Jul-2020 : 1933.7809

U$1,000 USD
FC1,933,781 CDF

Converted at USD/CDF wholesale exchange rate, compare foreign transfer and spend/travel exchange rates.


US Dollar to Congolese Franc - Quick Conversions

U$ 1 FC 1,934
U$ 5 FC 9,669
U$ 10 FC 19,338
U$ 20 FC 38,676
U$ 50 FC 96,690
U$ 100 FC 193,380
U$ 250 FC 483,450
U$ 500 FC 966,900
U$ 1,000 FC 1,933,800
U$ 2,000 FC 3,867,600
U$ 5,000 FC 9,669,000
U$ 10,000 FC 19,338,000
U$ 50,000 FC 96,690,000
U$ 100,000 FC 193,380,000
More amounts
U$ 0.0005 FC 1
U$ 0.0026 FC 5
U$ 0.0052 FC 10
U$ 0.0103 FC 20
U$ 0.0259 FC 50
U$ 0.0517 FC 100
U$ 0.1293 FC 250
U$ 0.2585 FC 500
U$ 0.5170 FC 1,000
U$ 1.0340 FC 2,000
U$ 2.5850 FC 5,000
U$ 5.1700 FC 10,000
U$ 25.85 FC 50,000
U$ 51.70 FC 100,000
More amounts

Frequently Asked Questions


What currency should I use in Zaire?

The domestic currency in Zaire is the Congolese Franc.

What is the Congolese Franc currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Congolese Franc is CDF — symbol is FC.

Which countries use the Congolese Franc?

It is the domestic currency in    Zaire.

Is the Congolese Franc a closed currency?

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


Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Zaire

Travel money for Zaire

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


Sending money to Zaire

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Zaire you need to start with finding out the latest Congolese Franc exchange rate for foreign-transfers, which can be very different to the wholesale rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save - we make that calculation easy in the below table.

Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Zaire

When sending money to Zaire 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 Congolese 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 CDF amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Zaire.

Use the above Send to Congolese 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 Congolese Franc deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

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