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Botswana - Botswanan Pula - Currency Guide


Foreign exchange guide to Botswana and the Botswanan Pula (BWP)


BWP News, Forecasts and Trends

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

Recent USD to BWP 90-day trend
USD/BWP at 11.7 was trading 2% below AVG:11.94 with LO:11.3 and HI:12.34 (90 days). ALERT: USD/BWP dropped to 14-DAY LOWS.

US Dollar to Botswanan Pula - Historical Rates

USD/BWP historic rateChange to 03-JulPeriod
11.7469  26 Jun 20200.4% ▼1 Week
11.6802  03 Jun 20200.1% ▲30 Days
12.1711  04 Apr 20203.9% ▼90 Days
10.6280  04 Jul 201910% ▲1 Year
9.9546  05 Jul 201517.5% ▼5 Years
7.0663  06 Jul 201065.5% ▼10 Years
USD/BWP 10 year historic rates & changes to 03-Jul-2020 : 11.6957

U$1,000 USD
P11,696 BWP

Converted at USD/BWP wholesale exchange rate, compare foreign transfer and spend/travel exchange rates.


US Dollar to Botswanan Pula - Quick Conversions

U$ 1 P 11.70
U$ 5 P 58.50
U$ 10 P 117.00
U$ 20 P 234.00
U$ 50 P 585.00
U$ 100 P 1,170
U$ 250 P 2,925
U$ 500 P 5,850
U$ 1,000 P 11,700
U$ 2,000 P 23,400
U$ 5,000 P 58,500
U$ 10,000 P 117,000
U$ 50,000 P 585,000
U$ 100,000 P 1,170,000
More amounts
U$ 0.0855 P 1
U$ 0.4275 P 5
U$ 0.8550 P 10
U$ 1.7100 P 20
U$ 4.2751 P 50
U$ 8.5501 P 100
U$ 21.38 P 250
U$ 42.75 P 500
U$ 85.50 P 1,000
U$ 171.00 P 2,000
U$ 427.51 P 5,000
U$ 855.01 P 10,000
U$ 4,275 P 50,000
U$ 8,550 P 100,000
More amounts

Frequently Asked Questions


What currency should I use in Botswana?

The domestic currency in Botswana is the Botswanan Pula.

What is the Botswanan Pula currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Botswanan Pula is BWP — symbol is P.

Which countries use the Botswanan Pula?

It is the domestic currency in    Botswana.

Is the Botswanan Pula a closed currency?

No, the Botswanan Pula is freely available and convertible. See guide: What is a closed currency?


Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Botswana

Travel money for Botswana

Save money and time by Ordering your Botswanan Pula online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the BWP cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Botswanan Pula otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


Sending money to Botswana

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Botswana you need to start with finding out the latest Botswanan Pula exchange rate for foreign-transfers, which can be very different to the wholesale rate.

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 Botswana

When sending money to Botswana 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 Botswanan Pula 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 BWP amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Botswana.

Use the above Send to Botswanan Pula 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 Botswanan Pula deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

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