Zaire - Congolese Franc - Currency Guide

This is a currency guide to Zaire, the Congolese Franc currency plus sending (CDF) transfers and travel tips for Zaire.

Country CodeCD
Domestic Currency Congolese Franc
Currency SymbolFC
Currency CodeCDF
Exchange RateUSD/CDF = 1696
Telephone Prefix+243

Quick Conversions from US Dollar to Congolese Franc



U$ 1
FC 1,696
U$ 5
FC 8,480
U$ 10
FC 16,960
U$ 20
FC 33,920
U$ 50
FC 84,800
U$ 100
FC 169,600
U$ 250
FC 424,000
U$ 500
FC 848,000
U$ 1,000
FC 1,696,000
U$ 2,000
FC 3,392,000
U$ 5,000
FC 8,480,000
U$ 10,000
FC 16,960,000
U$ 50,000
FC 84,800,000
U$ 100,000
FC 169,600,000
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U$ 0.0006
FC 1
U$ 0.0030
FC 5
U$ 0.0059
FC 10
U$ 0.0118
FC 20
U$ 0.0295
FC 50
U$ 0.0590
FC 100
U$ 0.1475
FC 250
U$ 0.2950
FC 500
U$ 0.5900
FC 1,000
U$ 1.1800
FC 2,000
U$ 2.9500
FC 5,000
U$ 5.9000
FC 10,000
U$ 29.50
FC 50,000
U$ 59.00
FC 100,000
More amounts

To calculate specific USD/CDF amounts use our Convert USD to CDF quick calculator.

Zaire Currency Info

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.

How much is U$100 US Dollars in Congolese Franc?

U$ 100 converts to FC 169,600

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?

Congolese Franc (CDF) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to CDF exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:

ALERTS: 1-DAY ▲ 0.7% 🔔 | 90-DAY HIGHS 🔔 |
USD/CDF at 1696 was trading 1% above the 90-day average 1679.89 with a range 1661.08 to 1696. ALERTS: Today USD/CDF is UP 0.7% and has also risen to 90-DAY HIGHS.
21-Feb 5PM-NY 10PM-LON | 22-Feb 9AM-SYD

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.


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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 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 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 our 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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Congolese Franc to US Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.00059216 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00059210 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00059318 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00060019 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00061017 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00108318 Feb 2015
10 Year0.00110819 Feb 2010

Congolese Franc to Euro - Historical Rates

1 Day0.00054616 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00054310 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00053418 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00054219 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00054017 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00094918 Feb 2015
10 Year0.00081719 Feb 2010

Congolese Franc to Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

1 Day0.00045416 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00045910 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00045518 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00046419 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00047317 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00070118 Feb 2015
10 Year0.00071819 Feb 2010

Congolese Franc to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.00088116 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00088510 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00086218 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00088019 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00085417 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00138518 Feb 2015
10 Year0.00123819 Feb 2010

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