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Foreign Exchange Guide to Congo

Read this currency guide to Congo with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/XAF=578.4708]

 
Congo
Country Code:
CG
Domestic Currency:
Central African Franc
Symbol - Code:
FCFA XAF
Telephone Prefix:
+242

This is a foreign exchange guide to Congo, the Central African Franc currency plus XAF transfers and travel tips.


In this Congo currency guide we take a look at :

  1. Central African Franc info - general info about the Central African Franc
  2. Central African Franc in the markets - recent XAF moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Congo - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Central African Franc cash online - travel money for Congo
  5. Sending money to Congo - save on Central African Franc bank transfers to Congo
  6. Central African Franc exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.

Central African Franc (XAF) general currency information


What is the Central African Franc currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Central African Franc is XAF and the 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.


Central African Franc (XAF) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to XAF exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.


USD-XAF 3 Month chart
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USDXAF currency converter

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Congo

 

The Republic of the Congo uses the Central African Franc (CFA) as its currency but often travellers do not get to use it. Brazzaville’s international hotels and the country’s few wilderness lodges accept US dollars, GB pounds and Euros.

It’s true that the DRC is a deeply troubled country. Beginning with the arrival of Europeans in the late fifteenth century, and the subsequent colonisation in 1885 by Belgium, extensive pillaging of the country’s rich natural resources, slavery and war mar its history.

Although the DRC enjoyed some prosperous years in the 1950s, the country fell apart again after independence in 1960 and continues to face waves of violence and war, kept at bay only in some regions by the huge UN peacekeeper presence.

It’s possible to visit parts of the DRC safely. The safest and most touristed areas of the country are Goma, Virunga National Park and Bukavu in in the east, and the capital Kinshasa in the west. Given that there are still serious security threats in the DRC for tourists, it’s best to visit with a tour company who will know how best to keep you safe.

Getting around in Congo.

The combination of long distances and terrible roads means flying is often the best (and sometimes the only practical) way to reach many towns in DRC. While the country is not known for its strict safety regulations, things have improved considerably in recent years. CAA Congo, KIN-AVIA and Congo Airways are generally considered to be the best of the domestic airlines. Air travel is not cheap, however.

Buses are available where the roads are good enough, but they are very much the lowest rung in DRC travel. Currently it's hard to advise taking local long-distance bus services as they're cramped, uncomfortable, and prone to delay, breakdown and ambush.

Despite a road-repair binge, most roads in DRC are still dirt, which means that rainy-season travel is slow and difficult. A 4WD car is a must almost anywhere, and it's not normally possible to drive yourself as a tourist.

Trains in DRC are slow and unreliable, and in general not a good way to get around. One exception to that rule is the rail link between Kinshasa and Matadi, where there's now a regular and relatively reliable service.

Do I need a Visa for the Congo?

With the exception of citizens from neighbouring countries, all visitors require a visa to enter the Republic of the Congo; visas are not issued at the airport. The 15-day single entry tourist visa is usually sufficient. On arrival, your passport must be valid for six months and you may be asked for proof of your tour, lodge or hotel reservation – a physical copy of your booking confirmation is acceptable. A yellow fever certificate is required by all visitors except infants under a year old.

 

Travel money for Congo

 

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.

   

Congo Trip Checklist    

 
  1. Compare XAF travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
  2. Search Hotel deals - Save on your accomodation in Congo
  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

Sending money to Congo

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Congo you need to start with finding out the latest Central African Franc foreign-transfer exchange 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 here).


Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Congo

When sending money to Congo 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 Congo.

Use our Send to XAF 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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Popular XAF cross rates


XAF/USD - Central African Franc to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0017261 Week
18 Jan 20190.0017331 Month
21 Aug 20180.0017656 Months
17 Feb 20180.0018921 Year
17 Feb 20170.0016182 Years
18 Feb 20140.0020935 Years
19 Feb 20090.00195610 Years

XAF/EUR - Central African Franc to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0015241 Week
18 Jan 20190.0015241 Month
21 Aug 20180.0015246 Months
17 Feb 20180.0015241 Year
17 Feb 20170.0015242 Years
18 Feb 20140.0015215 Years
19 Feb 20090.00154210 Years

XAF/GBP - Central African Franc to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0013351 Week
18 Jan 20190.0013461 Month
21 Aug 20180.0013676 Months
17 Feb 20180.0013481 Year
17 Feb 20170.0013042 Years
18 Feb 20140.0012555 Years
19 Feb 20090.00136410 Years

XAF/JPY - Central African Franc to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.18961 Week
18 Jan 20190.19021 Month
21 Aug 20180.19436 Months
17 Feb 20180.20111 Year
17 Feb 20170.18262 Years
18 Feb 20140.21415 Years
19 Feb 20090.184010 Years

XAF/AUD - Central African Franc to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0024311 Week
18 Jan 20190.0024181 Month
21 Aug 20180.0023976 Months
17 Feb 20180.0023931 Year
17 Feb 20170.0021102 Years
18 Feb 20140.0023205 Years
19 Feb 20090.00302610 Years

XAF/CAD - Central African Franc to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
10 Feb 20190.0022921 Week
18 Jan 20190.0022981 Month
21 Aug 20180.0023006 Months
17 Feb 20180.0023751 Year
17 Feb 20170.0021192 Years
18 Feb 20140.0022935 Years
19 Feb 20090.00245310 Years

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