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    USD to ZAR Exchange Rates

    Compare & Save on US dollar to South African rand FX rates - Check USD/ZAR Trends and Forecasts.

    1 USD =
    16.26We compare provider deals to this wholesale mid-market rate. Read more
    USD to ZAR at 16.32 is 4.1% above its 90-day average 15.68 with range 14.52-16.45.
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    In late November 2021 the South African rand sunk to 1 year lows above 16 against the US dollar. This was on news of a new variant of the coronavirus later called Omicron being identified in South Africa.

    However into 2022 the rand has strengthened back towards 15 to the greenback.

    20 Jun 2022
    2% 2 Week
    05 Apr 2022
    11.4% 3 Month
    04 Jul 2021
    14.9% 1 Year
    05 Jul 2017
    22.2% 5 Year
    06 Jul 2012
    98.5% 10 Year
    09 Jul 2002
    63.4% 20 Year
    USD/ZAR change over periods to 04-Jul-2022

    USD to ZAR - Compare & Save

    The below comparison table makes it easy to calculate the Total Cost you are being charged and the possible savings of using different FX providers.


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    Exchange rates available for foreign transfers and currency exchange always contain either a rate margin from the Latest USD to ZAR Exchange Rate (shown above) or a transaction fee and often both!


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    How to get a good USD to ZAR Exchange Rate

    There are two important ways to save on Foreign Exchange, the first is minimising unnecessary or excessive costs and fees, and the other is to transact when the exchange rate is in your favour.

    Reduce Excessive costs and fees

    Generally speaking, if you are buying South African rand with US dollar, then it's good for the USD/ZAR exchange rate to be higher.

    However working against you are the fees all foreign exchange providers charge for providing their service. These fees 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.

    You can also read our practical guide to getting the Best Deals for your Foreign Transfers and Travel Money to South Africa.


    Will the US dollar rise against the South African rand?

    It is almost impossible to predict what an exchange rate will do in the future, the best approach is to monitor the currency markets and transact when an exchange rate moves in your favour.

    To help with this you can add USD/ZAR to your BestExchangeRates My Rates Watchlist to track and benefit from currency movements.

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    Rather than requiring you to set a target rate, our FX Alerts work differently.

    Once you add a currency pair for tracking in your watchlist we can select to be notified daily for any UP DOWN HIGH LOW alerts over a range of periods over the recent 90 days.