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Getting your funds out of South Africa

If you were born in South Africa but have since left, trying to move money into your international bank account from South Africa can be quite a challenge, but we’re here to help.

Annual allowance

If you want to use your annual discretionary allowance (R1m per calendar year) we can help you benefit from great rates and low fees.

Remember, as a South African, you only need a registered tax number to make use of your annual R1m allowance.

Investing offshore

If you’re looking to invest overseas in the NASDAQ or Dow Jones, a new business or that dream holiday home, come to us and we’ll help you through the necessary paperwork, obtain your tax clearance and make sure we time things just right.

Transfers over R11m

While transfers over R11m aren’t a standard allowance, it is possible if you have everything in order, and with the help of our team it can be submitted and approved within a couple of months.


Moving money into or out of a Trust has become quite a tricky business – but with us you can navigate all the challenges and paperwork linked to Trusts and their recipients.

Foreign residents in South Africa

If you’re a foreign resident living in South Africa different rules apply. Whether you’re repatriating funds that you brought to South Africa or have earned money working for a South African company, our team of experts know exactly what the SARB want in order to facilitate the transfer.

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We can also help you with:

  • Ceasing to be a tax resident
  • Transferring an inheritance
  • International loans
  • Foreign Direct Investment
  • Previously blocked funds
  • Trade finance products like letters of Credit and Guarantees
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How long does the process take?

The length of time from enquiry to transfer depends on your requirements, and each and every requirement is unique.

The most difficult part of the process of obtaining authorisation to move funds out of South Africa is obtaining your SARS tax clearance certificate. This can take 3-4 weeks and is an expensive process if you use an accountant or tax advisor.

We can get SARS tax clearance for our customers within 5-7 working days and will cover the cost subject to the client using Currencies Direct for their foreign exchange conversion and transfer.

The remainder of the process can be completed in a day or so once we receive your SARS tax clearance certificate.



We operate in strict accordance with exchange control and anti-money laundering regulations.

All our foreign exchange transactions are processed through an Authorised Dealer Bank in South Africa in strict accordance with South African Reserve Bank (SARB) Exchange Control Rules and Regulations.

Our client funds are held in a separate personalised interest bearing account with a SARB approved Authorised Dealer Bank.

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Tracey Qualters
Quick easy and reliable
Quick easy and reliable... Will use all the time for my currency transfers
Superb customer service
Superb customer service. They listen, explain clearly and act on instructions quickly.
Richard Gornall
Currencies Direct are excellent
Currencies Direct are excellent, there is always someone on the end of the phone to help with transfers.

Transfers are done quickly and very efficiently, we will definitely use again when we have another transfer to do and also recommend to anyone, as they were recommended to us by a friend.

Many thanks to their very helpful and efficient staff.
Brian Johnson
Very efficient service
Very efficient service, continual communication regarding the whole process, always there to assist with any question or problems. Everything was dealt with in a swift, calm and pleasant manner.
I'm very satisfied with Currencies...
I'm very satisfied with Currencies Direct. All transactions had been smooth all the time and my Account Manager has always been there whenever I needed help or clarification. I highly recommend this company!