Purchasing Foreign Exchange in South Africa


For business or leisure, if you’re a South African travelling abroad, we’re one of the leading specialist providers of foreign exchange in South Africa. Along with 150 years’ experience in travel forex, we have established a strong presence in the country with a network of branches nationwide. 

Foreign Currency for South Africans

When planning a business trip abroad, you’re able to purchase your foreign exchange 60 days prior to your departure from South Africa. We’re a market leader in foreign exchange with the widest range of currencies available - and the reason why so many South Africans choose to buy their foreign currency from us. 

Foreign Exchange Requirements for South Africans

To order foreign exchange, the following documentation is required:

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of travel arrangements: Flight tickets and hotel accommodation
  • Green bar-coded identity document or temporary resident permit
  • Proof of residential address: Utility bill not older than three months

Discretionary Allowances

A discretionary allowance is designed for the payment of travel expenses, gifts, donations and maintenance. The amount of money that individuals are allowed to transfer out of the country is governed by the South African Reserve Bank.

Current exchange control limits for South African residents over the age of 18 is R1 million per annum.

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