How much currency can you take into South Africa?

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South Africa is one of the most popular countries in the Southern Hemisphere for Brits to visit annually.  With many friends and former colleagues emigrating here from the African continent, I am always told about how I’m missing out for not travelling to the country.

If you’re travelling to South Africa for a long period of time, it is important to bear in mind the limits on the amounts of currency you can take there.

According to and its advice on travelling to South Africa, there is a limit of 25,000ZAR that you can take into the country. The Rand’s current conversion rate puts the value of 25,000ZAR at around £1554.

Credit: SARS


If you’re looking at taking any more than that, you need to declare this on entry to the country.

It is also important to bear in mind that crime rates are high in the country recently so you may not necessarily want to carry around large sums of cash.

It is also beneficial to consider looking at purchasing pre-paid currency cards, especially if you’re travelling to multiple countries that use different currencies. You can find out more about some of the prepaid currency cards on the market on our website HERE.

For more information on the South African Currency, you should check out our blog post on ‘What Currency is Used in South Africa’.



Posted by Matthew Weston

Matt is a Freelance Writer and Travel Blogger. He also creates editorial and video content for UNILAD. Previously worked for the International Business Times and the BBC's Newsnight.

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