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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=9.6404]

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 and trend for the previous 3 months:

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.


Western Sahara Trip Checklist    

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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!


Bank Transfers to Western Sahara

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MAD/USD - Moroccan Dirham to United States Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.103617 Jun 2019
1 Week0.104011 Jun 2019
1 Month0.103419 May 2019
6 Months0.105120 Dec 2018
1 Year0.105118 Jun 2018
5 Years0.121319 Jun 2014
10 Years0.124320 Jun 2009

MAD/EUR - Moroccan Dirham to Euro - Historical Rates

1 Day0.092317 Jun 2019
1 Week0.091811 Jun 2019
1 Month0.092619 May 2019
6 Months0.091820 Dec 2018
1 Year0.090318 Jun 2018
5 Years0.089119 Jun 2014
10 Years0.089120 Jun 2009

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

1 Day0.082617 Jun 2019
1 Week0.081711 Jun 2019
1 Month0.081219 May 2019
6 Months0.083020 Dec 2018
1 Year0.079218 Jun 2018
5 Years0.071219 Jun 2014
10 Years0.075420 Jun 2009

MAD/AUD - Moroccan Dirham to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.151217 Jun 2019
1 Week0.149411 Jun 2019
1 Month0.149819 May 2019
6 Months0.147720 Dec 2018
1 Year0.141918 Jun 2018
5 Years0.129019 Jun 2014
10 Years0.153820 Jun 2009

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