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Central African Republic

Money & costs


The unit of currency is the Central African franc (CFA), made up of 100 centimes (these notes are also legal tender in Chad and Cameroon). The import and export of local currency is limited to US$125. There are no restrictions on the import of foreign currencies.

There are no ATMs in CAR and credit cards are generally not accepted. You can only exchange money in Bangui and Berbérati (banking hours are 7am to 11.30am Monday to Friday). Take travellers cheques in euros to avoid additional exchange-rate charges. Even so, commission charges can be very high and the exchange rates very low – up to 25% below the current internationally accepted rate.