Angola - Angolan Kwanza - Currency Guide


Foreign exchange guide to Angola and the Angolan Kwanza (AOA)


USD/AOA 90-day view

USDAOA at 654.82 is 1.7% above its 90-DAY average, range 608.41-666.88.
30-DAY-LOW (5d)
Recent USD to AOA 90-day trend

AOA News, Forecasts and Trends

The above interactive chart shows the USD to AOA exchange rate, trend and recent alerts for the last 90 days.

US Dollar to Angolan Kwanza - Historical Rates

24 Nov 2020
0.5% ▲1 Week
01 Nov 2020
1.6% ▼30 Days
02 Sep 2020
7.4% ▲90 Days
02 Dec 2019
33.5% ▲1 Year
03 Dec 2015
385.1% ▲5 Years
04 Dec 2010
609.4% ▼10 Years

USD/AOA 10 year historic rates & change to 01-Dec-2020 : 654.82


U$10,000 USD
6,548,170 AOA

Converted at USD/AOA interbank rate, compare Send Money and Currency Exchange exchange rates.

US Dollar to Angolan Kwanza - Quick Conversions

U$ 1 654.82
U$ 5 3,274
U$ 10 6,548
U$ 20 13,096
U$ 50 32,741
U$ 100 65,482
U$ 250 163,705
U$ 500 327,410
U$ 1,000 654,820
U$ 2,000 1,309,640
U$ 5,000 3,274,100
U$ 10,000 6,548,200
U$ 50,000 32,741,000
U$ 100,000 65,482,000
More amounts
U$ 0.0015 1
U$ 0.0076 5
U$ 0.0153 10
U$ 0.0305 20
U$ 0.0764 50
U$ 0.1527 100
U$ 0.3818 250
U$ 0.7635 500
U$ 1.5270 1,000
U$ 3.0540 2,000
U$ 7.6350 5,000
U$ 15.27 10,000
U$ 76.35 50,000
U$ 152.70 100,000
More amounts

Frequently Asked Questions


What currency should I use in Angola?

The domestic currency in Angola is the Angolan Kwanza.

What is the Angolan Kwanza currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Angolan Kwanza is AOA.

Which countries use the Angolan Kwanza?

It is the domestic currency in    Angola.

Is the Angolan Kwanza a closed currency?

Yes the Angolan Kwanza is a closed currency. Which means that you may find it difficult to purchase the currency (AOA) before departure and will probably need to buy it upon arrival. If you do manage to buy some of the currency or have some left over from a previous trip, make sure you are aware if you are allowed to bring this closed currency into the country.

For more information and a full list of closed currencies please refer to our guide: What is a closed currency?


Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Angola

Angola's economy is among the fastest growing in the world due to its strong mineral and petroleum reserves, especially since the end of the civil war. Despite this, the standard of living remains low for the majority of the population. But its oil, diamonds, natural beauty (and even dinosaur bones) are attracting business travelers, tourists, and paleontologists.

Can I use Credit Cards in Angola?

Travellers are advised that cash, called Kwanza in Angola, is the payment of choice throughout the country, except for at major hotels. Angola’s currency is the Kwanza (Kz or AOA). Not all ATMs in Angola allow access to foreign accounts, and when they do, fraud concerns are present and the charges are exorbitant. Credit cards have limited acceptance and American Express, Visa, and Diners Club may only be used in large hotels and high-end restaurants. There are many ATMs in town, although they rarely accept foreign cards. However its ATM network is growing all the time.

Importing or exporting any amount of kwanzaa is illegal and attempting to will result in penalties, confiscation, and possibly even imprisonment.

The overall picture painted in Angola shows one of increasing stability. While there are lingering elements of the country's civil war - poverty, poor infrastructure and government and police corruption - the country is much improved from the way it was before.Areas like Luanda and Cabinda remain high on the no-go list for many government-run travel sites due to the possibility of political unrest and attacks on tourists. However, you can still see areas of Luanda if you exercise caution.

Are Visas needed for Angola?

Make sure your passport is valid for six months past your last day in Angola and that there are two blank consecutive pages available for the visa. You should also have a yellow fever vaccination card with you, in case an official should ask to see it at the airport. You must get a visa for Angola before leaving for your trip. The main international airport is Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport, located right outside of Luanda. From the airport, you can grab a taxi into the city center.


Travel money for Angola

As mentioned above, the Angolan Kwanza is a closed currency. Which means that you may find it difficult (or be permitted) to purchase the currency (AOA) before departure and will need to buy it upon arrival in Angola.

For these types of destinations, using a pre-paid travel card is a good solution. As no travel cards support loading closed currencies like the AOA you will incur currency conversion or foreign transaction fees if you use a travel money card in Angola.

However, using a pre-paid travel card is still a good idea as you can avoid ATM fees and also you can avoid using (and losing!) your main bank or debit/credit card.


Send Money to Angola - Best Rates

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Angola you need to start with finding out the latest Angolan Kwanza exchange rate for foreign transfers also called International Money Transfers (IMTs), which can be very different to the wholesale rate and also to currency exchange rates.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save - we make that calculation easy in the below table.

Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Angola

When sending money to Angola it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Angolan Kwanza amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted AOA amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Angola.

Use the above Send to Angolan Kwanza calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Angolan Kwanza deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

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