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USD to ZAR - Exchange Rate Overview

US Dollar to South African Rand exchange rates can vary significantly for International Money Transfers and Travel Money/Card transactions as shown below.

 
 

U$1,000 USD
=
R17,013 ZAR

*Converted at interbank exchange rate, scroll down to compare foreign transfer and spend/travel exchange rates.


 

Latest interbank exchange rate:

1 USD = 17.01 ZAR

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USD to ZAR 90-day trend
ALERTS:7-DAY3.7% | 60-DAY LOWS |
USD/ZAR at 17 was trading 2.9% below AVG:17.5 with LO:14.99 and HI:19.11 (90 days). ALERTS: USD/ZAR was DOWN 3.7% this 7-DAY period and also dropped to 60-DAY LOWS.

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US Dollar to South African Rand - Quick Conversions

USD ZAR
U$ 1 R 17.01
U$ 5 R 85.05
U$ 10 R 170.10
U$ 20 R 340.20
U$ 50 R 850.50
U$ 100 R 1,701
U$ 250 R 4,253
U$ 500 R 8,505
U$ 1,000 R 17,010
U$ 2,000 R 34,020
U$ 5,000 R 85,050
U$ 10,000 R 170,100
U$ 50,000 R 850,500
U$ 100,000 R 1,701,000
More amounts
USD ZAR
U$ 0.0588 R 1
U$ 0.2939 R 5
U$ 0.5878 R 10
U$ 1.1756 R 20
U$ 2.9390 R 50
U$ 5.8779 R 100
U$ 14.69 R 250
U$ 29.39 R 500
U$ 58.78 R 1,000
U$ 117.56 R 2,000
U$ 293.90 R 5,000
U$ 587.79 R 10,000
U$ 2,939 R 50,000
U$ 5,878 R 100,000
More amounts

To calculate your own USD/ZAR amounts use our Convert USD to ZAR quick calculator.


Comparing Foreign Exchange Providers

The total cost you are charged by your foreign exchange provider consists of the margin from the mid-rate offered plus any fixed or percentage fees. These margins and fees vary significantly for International Money Transfers, Travel Money and prepaid multi-currency Travel Card transactions.

The Exchange rate you are offered can also vary significantly depending on the transaction type (transfer, cash or card), currency pair and amount. The below table shows an example of total costs charged by FX specialists and banks for USD/ZAR International Money Transfers. Costs are calculated against the current interbank mid-rate.

 
 

USD to ZAR International Money Transfers

Foreign Transfer Provider Receive ZAR(R) Exchange RateFee USDDeal Links
OFX logo
R16,710
1.89%
Best Overall
16.710^
HSBC logo
R16,385
3.8%
R325 less
16.41U$1.50
U.S. Bank International Money Transfers
U.S. Bank logo
R16,340
4.06%
R370 less
16.340
Wells Fargo Bank logo
R16,101
5.47%
R609 less
16.43U$20
Bank of America International Money Transfers
Bank of America logo
R16,095
5.5%
R615 less
16.34U$15
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Bank of America logo HSBC logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
R16,230
4.71%
R480 less
16.3815
 
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OFX: Foreign Transfer USD→ZAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:0^ - No fees for BestExchangeRates users (normally $12 for smaller transfers)
Exchange Rate:16.71 (1.89% from mid-rate)
To Amount (ZAR) R16,710
Total Cost:1.89%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Wed Jun 03 2020 09:03:02 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Transfer Speed:1-2 days
Services:Bank Transfers - Online & Phone, Foreign Currency Accounts
Rating:
 
: 4.8/5.0
Reviews:
 
HSBC logo
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HSBC: Foreign Transfer USD→ZAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$1.50 USD (.15%)
Exchange Rate:16.41 (3.65% from mid-rate)
To Amount (ZAR) R16,385
Total Cost:3.8%
Difference:
R325 ZAR less than using OFX
Time:9:30 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
U.S. Bank logo
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U.S. Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→ZAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:16.34 (4.06% from mid-rate)
To Amount (ZAR) R16,340
Total Cost:4.06%
Difference:
R370 ZAR less than using OFX
Time:9:30 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Wells Fargo Bank logo
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Wells Fargo Bank: Foreign Transfer USD→ZAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:16.43 (3.53% from mid-rate)
To Amount (ZAR) R16,101
Total Cost:5.47%
Difference:
R609 ZAR less than using OFX
Time:9:30 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Bank of America logo
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Bank of America: Foreign Transfer USD→ZAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$15 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:16.34 (4.06% from mid-rate)
To Amount (ZAR) R16,095
Total Cost:5.5%
Difference:
R615 ZAR less than using OFX
Time:9:30 Local
Transfer Speed:2-3 days
Services:Online, Branch, Bank Transfers
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Banks - Average Rate
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Foreign Transfer USD→ZAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:16.31 (4.24% from mid-rate)
To Amount (ZAR) R16,230
Total Cost:4.71%
Difference:
R480 ZAR less than using OFX
Transfer Speed:
Services:
 
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The below comparison table displays the margins and possible savings when you order travel money online with a currency specialist rather than in-person from banks and currency kiosks.

 

USD to ZAR - Travel Money & Cards

Provider Amount ZAR(R) Exchange RateFee USDDeal Links
R16,865
0.98%
Best Overall
16.95U$5.00
U.S. Bank Foreign Cash
U.S. Bank logo
R15,940
6.41%
R925 less
15.940
Banks - Average Rate
U.S. Bank logo Wells Fargo Bank logo
R15,781
7.35%
R1,084 less
15.9415
Wells Fargo Bank logo
R15,621
8.28%
R1,244 less
15.94U$20
Travelex Online logo
R14,933
12.32%
R1,932 less
14.93270^
 
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TransferWise: Travel Money USD→ZAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$5.00 USD (0.5% + U$1)
Exchange Rate:16.95 (-0.48% from mid-rate)
To Amount (ZAR) R16,865
Total Cost:0.98%
Time:9:30 Local
Currency Services:Multi-currency debit card with linked foreign bank accounts
Delivery/Collect:5-7 days
Rating:
 
: 4.6/5.0
Reviews:
 
U.S. Bank logo
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U.S. Bank: Travel Money USD→ZAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:0
Exchange Rate:15.94 (-6.41% from mid-rate)
To Amount (ZAR) R15,940
Total Cost:6.41%
Time:9:30 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
Banks - Average Rate
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Travel Money USD→ZAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:15
Exchange Rate:14.90 (-12.52% from mid-rate)
To Amount (ZAR) R15,781
Total Cost:7.35%
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
 
Wells Fargo Bank logo
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Wells Fargo Bank: Travel Money USD→ZAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:U$20 USD (Minimum fee)
Exchange Rate:15.94 (-6.41% from mid-rate)
To Amount (ZAR) R15,621
Total Cost:8.28%
Time:9:30 Local
Currency Services:Branch
Delivery/Collect:-
Rating:
: /5.0
Reviews:
 
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Travelex Online: Travel Money USD→ZAR
From Amount (USD)U$1,000
Fee:$0 - No fees for Debit & Credit Cards
Exchange Rate:14.9327 (-12.32% from mid-rate)
To Amount (ZAR) R14,933
Total Cost:12.32%
Time:
Rate Fetched: Wed Jun 03 2020 09:30:03 GMT+0000 (UTC)
Currency Services:FREE Home delivery & Branch pickup
Delivery/Collect:2-3 days
Rating:
 
: 4.3/5.0
Reviews:
 
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US Dollar and South African Rand Forecasts

When determining the best time to make a foreign exchange transaction, in this case the USD vs ZAR, you should pay attention to the recent market trends for both currencies.

US Dollar (USD)

In early May the continuing coronavirus pandemic and an associated possible re-escalation in the US-China trade tensions has moved the market into safer currencies such as the USD and JPY.

Goldman Sachs and RBC Capital forecast a large drop for US dollar against Japanese Yen to continue with a USD/JPY rate of 95 in the near future.

The US dollar held its value in 2019 despite the US-China trade tensions, mainly because the greenback is still considered a safer currency to own than most others.

Read more in the article USD Forecasts.

 

South African Rand (ZAR)

Rabobank told Bloomberg TV in early April that they see a difficult virus affected year in 2020 for the South African rand.


How to get Best USD to ZAR Exchange Rates

All foreign exchange providers charge a fee for providing their service and this fee is usually contained within the exchange rate margin (or difference to the mid-rate).

The transaction margin you end up being charged can be considerably reduced by around a few percent (of total amount being exchanged) for travel money and possibly over 5% to 6% when sending money. The exact potential savings depends on the currencies being exchanged and the amount you are transferring and if you are willing to shop around.

Our real-time foreign transfer and travel money/cards comparison calculators make shopping around easy and help you calculate how much you can save.

 

What is a good USD to ZAR exchange rate?

This is a difficult question and the answer really depends on many factors. The best way to consider an exchange rate's relative value is to look at the rate's history.

The following table looks at the change in the USD to ZAR exchange rate over periods upto 10 years.

USD/ZARPeriod to 02-JunDateRate
1.3% ▼1 Week26 May 202017.3955
9.3% ▼30 Days03 May 202018.9188
12.4% ▲90 Days04 Mar 202015.2653
18.7% ▲1 Year03 Jun 201914.4626
39% ▲5 Years04 Jun 201512.3523
121% ▼10 Years05 Jun 20107.7647
USD/ZAR 10 year rates & changes to 02-Jun-2020 (17.1637)
 

When is the best time to exchange USD to ZAR?

Getting a good market rate is all about timing to help with this you can use BER Smart Alerts to make the most of currency movements.

Rather than requiring you to set a target rate, our rate alerts work differently. We check for daily high/lows and changes (up/down) over a range of periods up to 90 days rather than requiring you to set target rates.

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