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Understanding SARB exchange control regulations

Exchange controls regulate and restrict the outflow and inflow of capital in South Africa. All forex transactions are subject to these regulations, whether you are travelling, emigrating, immigrating, investing, returning to South Africa, importing or exporting goods and services.

How we help you transfer money out of South Africa easily

We prepare and submit Reserve Bank applications on behalf of private and corporate clients for any transfers that do not fall into pre-approved allowances. This makes sending money into or out of South Africa as easy as possible.

Most people are aware of exchange control regulations, even if they lack the understanding of the finer details and implications. Due to the complexity of these regulations there is a perception that it is difficult to move money in and out of South Africa.

There is even a widely held misconception that once you have brought money into South Africa it's virtually impossible to get it out again. This, however, is not the case.

There are no limitations as to how much money can be brought into South Africa, but there are limitations on the amount of money that can be transferred out of the Republic. In addition to this, all funds transferred into or out of South Africa must be declared to the Reserve Bank.

What about non-South African citizens?

For non-South Africans, their exchange control status will determine if there are limitations on transferring money out of South Africa that was previously brought in to the country.

A client’s exchange control status is different to their tax status. It is vital for an individual to know their status from the outset so future money transfers can be easily executed.


Your exchange control queries answered


South Africa

Cape Town

Regent Square
Doncaster Road
Kenilworth 7708 +27 (0) 21 657 2120


201 The Annex
Ridgeside Office Park
Umhlanga +27 (0) 31 536 8843

United Kingdom


Castlewood House
77/91 New Oxford Street
WC1A 1DG +44 (0) 20 7759 7514


5-7 Selsdon Road
South Croydon
CR2 6PU +44 (0) 20 7759 7581



9 Yarra Street
South Yarra
VIC 3141 +613 (0) 8651 4500

Sable International is a trading name of 1st Contact Money Limited (company number 7070528) registered in England and Wales. Sable International is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority in the UK (FCA no. 517570), the Financial Services Board in South Africa (FSP no. 41900) and holds an Australian Financial Services License issued by ASIC to deal in foreign exchange (AFS License number 335 126).

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