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US dollar to Central African CFA franc BEAC exchange rate

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How can I get the best exchange rate between the US dollar and the Central African CFA franc?

Since the CFA franc is pegged to the euro, it’s typically recommended that travelers from the US exchange their money into euros. You’ll get best cash exchange rate using euros in any of the former French colonies that now use the Central African CFA franc. In addition, the euro to CFA franc exchange rate is constant at 655.9 francs per euro, which makes it easy to compare different currency exchange providers.

Sending money to any of the countries using the Central African CFA franc can be done using an online money transfer company. Most of these service providers offer competitive exchange rates between USD and XAF, plus fast transaction times.

US Dollar

The US dollar is the most traded currency in the world. The world’s unofficial reserve currency, it can be found in most major currency pairs. In forex, it’s an important benchmark and target rate for countries that fix or peg their currencies against its value. It is also used as the standard currency for oil, precious metals and other commodities.


The CFA franc BEAC (Banque des Etats de l’Afrique Centrale) is the currency for the central African countries of Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. The CFA franc BEAC was introduced to five French colonies in 1945, replacing the French Equatorial African franc.

What affects exchange rates between the US dollar and the Central African CFA franc?

Because of the peg between the CFA franc and the euro, the exchange rate between the US dollar and the CFA franc follows the exchange rate between the US dollar and the euro.

The euro currency is managed by the European Central Bank traded freely on the global foreign exchange market. Economic growth in both the US and the EU, as well as interest rates in both countries can greatly impact exchange rates between the two currencies —and therefore the rate between the dollar and the CFA franc.

As of 2018, the countries that use the Central African CFA franc are:

  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Chad
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Equatorial Guinea
  • Gabon

Did you know?

There’s another group of countries further west in Africa that uses another version of the CFA franc known as the West African CFA franc. These are separate currencies, although they’re of equal value.

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How does the Central African CFA franc trade against the US dollar historically?

The CFA franc is pegged to the euro at 655.9 francs per euro, a rate that’s remained the same since a devaluation in 1994.

The overall trend over the past 10 years has seen the CFA franc gradually weaken compared to the US dollar. The highest value in those 10 years was seen during the Financial Crisis in 2008 when you’d need only about 400 francs to get 1 US dollar. Later that year, the US economy started to recover and the value of the franc plunged to a rate of about 520 francs per dollar.

The value of the CFA franc remained at about the same level until late 2014, when it started to lose value compared to the US dollar. By 2015, the exchange rate had stabilized to a level of about 580 CFA francs for each US dollar.

US Dollar to the CFA Franc BEAC for the last 10 days

Feb 16 Feb 17 Feb 18 Feb 19 Feb 20 Feb 21 Feb 22 Feb 23 Feb 24 Feb 25
1 USD = 542.6402 Inverse: 0.0018 544.5099 Inverse: 0.0018 542.4734 Inverse: 0.0018 541.3124 Inverse: 0.0018 541.2968 Inverse: 0.0018 541.0099 Inverse: 0.0018 539.2524 Inverse: 0.0019 539.8369 Inverse: 0.0019 538.9958 Inverse: 0.0019 539.5299 Inverse: 0.0019

US Dollar to the CFA Franc BEAC for the last 10 months

Apr 2020 May 2020 Jun 2020 Jul 2020 Aug 2020 Sep 2020 Oct 2020 Nov 2020 Dec 2020 Jan 2021
1 USD = 603.0422 Inverse: 0.0017 590.6863 Inverse: 0.0017 584.5277 Inverse: 0.0017 559.7485 Inverse: 0.0018 554.9188 Inverse: 0.0018 563.9488 Inverse: 0.0018 555.4602 Inverse: 0.0018 550.3479 Inverse: 0.0018 538.0159 Inverse: 0.0019 539.1202 Inverse: 0.0019

US Dollar to the CFA Franc BEAC for the last 10 years

Feb 2011 Feb 2012 Feb 2013 Feb 2014 Feb 2015 Feb 2016 Feb 2017 Feb 2018 Feb 2019 Feb 2020
1 USD = 491.3718 Inverse: 0.0020 490.7944 Inverse: 0.0020 500.2041 Inverse: 0.0020 478.9534 Inverse: 0.0021 581.3672 Inverse: 0.0017 597.9290 Inverse: 0.0017 620.8827 Inverse: 0.0016 533.7975 Inverse: 0.0019 577.1744 Inverse: 0.0017 602.9101 Inverse: 0.0017

Market rate for common transfer amounts USD to XAF

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