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Foreign Exchange- EUR to ZAR

We are not financial advisors and therefore cannot give financial advice. The information here should not be seen as financial advice in any way.
Always make informed decisions and speak to a professional when you are unsure.

What is exchange control?

Foreign exchange controls are various forms of controls imposed by a government on the purchase/sale of foreign currencies by residents or on the purchase/sale of local currency by nonresidents.

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) uses the Currency and Exchanges Act No. 9 of 1933 and its Regulations to control Foreign exchange.
Authorised dealers ensure that their customers comply with the various regulations that control the sending and receiving of funds across South African borders.

EUR to ZAR

When you want to exchange Euro for South African Rand, you should keep the following in mind:

  • Your residence status
  • The amount of money you want to exchange. Some institutions have a limit on the amount, and some offer better rates for higher amounts
  • The purpose of the exchange
  • Requirements and regulations from SARS
  • Requirements and regulations in Germany
  • Tax implications
  • The exchange rate. There is a selling and buying rate, and it is not the same as the rate you hear on the news.  See for example FNB
  • The fees payable for the transaction. Some charge a percentage and others a flat rate per transaction.
  • The institution you want to use. Make sure it is an authorised dealer. You can find a list of Authorised dealers in South Africa in this document from the South African Reserve Bank.
  • Possible hidden fees

German Regulations

According to the German Foreign Trade and Payments Regulation (Außenwirtschaftsverordnung, AWV), incoming or outgoing payments from abroad must be reported to the Deutsche Bundesbank.
“Pursuant to section 11 of the Foreign Trade and Payments Act (Außenwirtschaftsgesetz, AWG) read in conjunction with section 67 et seq of the Foreign Trade and Payments Regulation (Außenwirtschaftsverordnung, AWV), all residents in Germany (natural and legal persons whose place of residence is in the Federal Republic of Germany) have to report payments of more than €12,500 or the equivalent in another currency which they receive
from non-residents (natural and legal persons whose place of residence is outside of the Federal Republic of Germany) or from residents for the account of non-residents (incoming payments) or make to non-residents or to residents for the account of non-residents (outgoing payments).” Find more information here

Receiving the money in South Africa

The person receiving the money in South Africa, even if you send money to yourself or your family, will need to submit a SARB (South African Reserve Bank) Reporting Mandate form.
“All cross-border transactions must be reported to the South African Reserve Bank in accordance with SARB Regulations.
Balance of Payments Reporting (BoP Reporting for short) is an electronic message system used by Authorised Dealers (i.e. Banks) to report cross-border transactions to the South African Reserve Bank (SARB).
When completing an application for a cross-border transaction, clients are required to provide the reason/s for the transaction. Use the lists provided to select the correct Inwards or Outward BoP Code/s for your transaction. Please note: a transaction may involve more than one reason.” – RMB Bank

Most institutions will request the information from the recipient electronically for example an email or online form. This information must be submitted at least once a year.
If the person receiving the money does not submit this form, the money can be sent back to the remitter.

Comparison website

  • Monito can be used to compare fees and rates, please be careful of hidden fees!!!

Some options to consider

These institutions are not endorsed by us, they are just a list of regular suggestions on our FB page

  • German Bank to South African Bank
  • Transferwise
  • WorldRemit
  • Paypal
  • Western Union
  • Currency Partners

Terminology

Term Description
SWITFT Society for worldwide Interbank Financial telecommunication.
SWIFT code Every Bank has a SWIFT code. Also referred to as the SWIFT code
BIC Bank Identifier code. The SWIFT Address assigned to a bank in order to send automated payments quickly and accurately to the banks concerned. It uniquely identifies the name and country, (and sometimes the branch) of the bank involved. BICs are often called SWIFT Codes and can be either 8 or 11 characters long
IBAN International Bank Account Number. An international bank account identifier used to uniquely identify the account of a customer at a financial institution
BoP Codes International Bank Account Number. An international bank account identifier used to uniquely identify the account of a customer at a financial institution

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