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Foreign Exchange Guide to Western Sahara

Read this currency guide to Western Sahara with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/MAD=9.6102]

Western Sahara
Country Code:
Domestic Currency:
Moroccan Dirham
Symbol - Code:
د.م. MAD
Telephone Prefix:

This is a foreign exchange guide to Western Sahara, the Moroccan Dirham currency plus MAD transfers and travel tips.

In this Western Sahara currency guide we take a look at :

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

Moroccan Dirham (MAD) general currency information

What is the Moroccan Dirham currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Moroccan Dirham is MAD and the symbol is د.م..

Is the Moroccan Dirham a closed currency?

Yes the Moroccan Dirham is a closed currency. Which means that you may find it difficult to purchase the currency (MAD) before departure and will probably need to buy it upon arrival. If you do manage to buy some of the currency or have some left over from a previous trip, make sure you are aware if you are allowed to bring this closed currency into the country.

For more information and a full list of closed currencies please refer to our guide: What is a closed currency?

Which countries use the Moroccan Dirham?

It is the domestic currency in Morocco and Western Sahara.

Moroccan Dirham (MAD) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to MAD 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-MAD 3 Month chart
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Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Western Sahara


Travel money for Western Sahara


As mentioned above, the Moroccan Dirham is a closed currency. Which means that you may find it difficult (or be permitted) to purchase the currency (MAD) before departure and will need to buy it upon arrival in Western Sahara.

For these types of destinations, using a pre-paid travel card is a good solution. As no travel cards support loading closed currencies like the MAD you will incur currency conversion or foreign transaction fees if you use a travel money card in Western Sahara.

However, using a pre-paid travel card is still a good idea as you can avoid ATM fees and also you can avoid using (and losing!) your main bank or debit/credit card.


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Sending money to Western Sahara

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Western Sahara you need to start with finding out the latest Moroccan Dirham 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 Western Sahara

When sending money to Western Sahara 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 Moroccan Dirham 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 MAD amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Western Sahara.

Use our Send to MAD 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 Moroccan Dirham deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


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MAD/USD - Moroccan Dirham to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
14 Apr 20190.10421 Week
22 Mar 20190.10391 Month
23 Oct 20180.10546 Months
21 Apr 20180.10881 Year
21 Apr 20170.09982 Years
22 Apr 20140.12295 Years
23 Apr 20090.117310 Years

MAD/EUR - Moroccan Dirham to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
14 Apr 20190.09221 Week
22 Mar 20190.09191 Month
23 Oct 20180.09196 Months
21 Apr 20180.08841 Year
21 Apr 20170.09312 Years
22 Apr 20140.08905 Years
23 Apr 20090.089610 Years

MAD/GBP - Moroccan Dirham to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
14 Apr 20190.07971 Week
22 Mar 20190.07871 Month
23 Oct 20180.08126 Months
21 Apr 20180.07771 Year
21 Apr 20170.07802 Years
22 Apr 20140.07315 Years
23 Apr 20090.080210 Years

MAD/JPY - Moroccan Dirham to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
14 Apr 201911.67781 Week
22 Mar 201911.42481 Month
23 Oct 201811.85146 Months
21 Apr 201811.71641 Year
21 Apr 201710.89142 Years
22 Apr 201412.61405 Years
23 Apr 200911.496010 Years

MAD/AUD - Moroccan Dirham to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
14 Apr 20190.14541 Week
22 Mar 20190.14681 Month
23 Oct 20180.14866 Months
21 Apr 20180.14181 Year
21 Apr 20170.13232 Years
22 Apr 20140.13135 Years
23 Apr 20090.164610 Years

MAD/CAD - Moroccan Dirham to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
14 Apr 20190.13901 Week
22 Mar 20190.13951 Month
23 Oct 20180.13806 Months
21 Apr 20180.13901 Year
21 Apr 20170.13482 Years
22 Apr 20140.13565 Years
23 Apr 20090.144110 Years

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