West African CFA Francs

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Travel advise: payments in West Africa

Jet off well-informed to West Africa. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.





Banknotes in West Africa

The CFA franc banknotes are in use in the eight countries of the CFA West African monetary union: Benin, Burkina Faso, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo. Denominations in use are 500fr, 1000fr, 2000fr, 5000fr and 10,000fr XOF.

You will notice that XOF banknotes show signs of heavy usage: often well-worn and dirty. Wash your hands often.

Coins in West Africa

CFA West African coins range from 5fr to 500fr. The 500fr coin also exists as a banknote. Both are in circulation simultaneously.


West Africa's currency import and export regulations

The currency restrictions in the CFA West African monetary union depend on the country you are visiting:

In Benin, there are no restrictions on the amount of CFA West African francs you can import. Any foreign currencies must be declared upon arrival. When exiting Benin, you can export up to XOF 100,000 worth of foreign currencies. Non-EU visitors must declare the amount of CFA West African Francs they are exporting out of Benin.

In Burkina Faso, there are no restrictions on the amount of currency you can take into the country but you need to make a declaration upon arrival. When leaving Burkina Faso, you are allowed to export up to the amount declared upon arrival.

In Guinea-Bissau, travelers are allowed to import up to 2 Million XOF worth of currency, foreign or domestic. The same restriction value applies for exporting currencies out of Guinea-Bissau.

In Ivory Coast, currency restrictions may apply. However it's unclear at the moment what the regulations are, and therefore travelers are advised to inform themselves prior to departure.

In Mali, travelers need to declare currency upon arrival if the value exceeds 25,000 XOF. When departing Mali, travelers are allowed to export currency for up to the value declared upon arrival.

In Niger there are no restrictions on the amount of currency travelers can bring into the country. When departing Niger, travelers are allowed to take up to 25,000 XOF in West African CFA francs. There are no restrictions on the amount of foreign currencies that can be exported, when agreed by Niger's Exchange Office.

In Senegal, travelers must declare currency upon arrival if the value exceeds 1 Million XOF. When departing Senegal, travelers are allowed to export currency for a value not greater than the value declared upon arrival.

In Togo, travelers are allowed to bring up to 3 Million XOF worth of currency into the country. A declaration must be made upon arrival. When leaving the country, travelers can take up to the amounts declared upon arrival.

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Selling back CFA francs West Africa

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