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 = 1714.6
Telephone Prefix+243

Quick Conversions from US Dollar to Congolese Franc



U$ 1
FC 1,715
U$ 5
FC 8,573
U$ 10
FC 17,146
U$ 20
FC 34,292
U$ 50
FC 85,730
U$ 100
FC 171,460
U$ 250
FC 428,650
U$ 500
FC 857,300
U$ 1,000
FC 1,714,600
U$ 2,000
FC 3,429,200
U$ 5,000
FC 8,573,000
U$ 10,000
FC 17,146,000
U$ 50,000
FC 85,730,000
U$ 100,000
FC 171,460,000
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U$ 0.0006
FC 1
U$ 0.0029
FC 5
U$ 0.0058
FC 10
U$ 0.0117
FC 20
U$ 0.0292
FC 50
U$ 0.0583
FC 100
U$ 0.1458
FC 250
U$ 0.2915
FC 500
U$ 0.5830
FC 1,000
U$ 1.1660
FC 2,000
U$ 2.9150
FC 5,000
U$ 5.8300
FC 10,000
U$ 29.15
FC 50,000
U$ 58.30
FC 100,000
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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 171,460

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:

USD/CDF at 1714.56 was trading 1.3% above AVG:1692.74 with LO:1681 and HI:1714.56 (90 days). ALERT: USD/CDF rose to 90-DAY HIGHS.

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 Day0.00058829 Mar 2020
7 Day0.00058423 Mar 2020
30 Day0.00059029 Feb 2020
3 Month0.00059331 Dec 2019
1 Year0.00061031 Mar 2019
5 Year0.00107901 Apr 2015
10 Year0.00112402 Apr 2010

Congolese Franc to Euro - Historical Rates

1 Day0.00052829 Mar 2020
7 Day0.00054323 Mar 2020
30 Day0.00053529 Feb 2020
3 Month0.00052931 Dec 2019
1 Year0.00054331 Mar 2019
5 Year0.00100201 Apr 2015
10 Year0.00083302 Apr 2010

Congolese Franc to Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

1 Day0.00047229 Mar 2020
7 Day0.00050423 Mar 2020
30 Day0.00046029 Feb 2020
3 Month0.00044731 Dec 2019
1 Year0.00046831 Mar 2019
5 Year0.00072701 Apr 2015
10 Year0.00073902 Apr 2010

Congolese Franc to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.00095129 Mar 2020
7 Day0.00099523 Mar 2020
30 Day0.00090629 Feb 2020
3 Month0.00084631 Dec 2019
1 Year0.00085731 Mar 2019
5 Year0.00141901 Apr 2015
10 Year0.00122402 Apr 2010

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