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Ethiopia - Ethiopian Birr - Currency Guide


Foreign exchange guide to Ethiopia and the Ethiopian Birr (ETB)


ETB News, Forecasts and Trends

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

Recent USD to ETB 90-day trend
USD/ETB at 35.2 was trading 3.9% above AVG:33.89 with LO:32.61 and HI:35.26 (90 days). There are no current rate alerts.

US Dollar to Ethiopian Birr - Historical Rates

USD/ETB rateChangePeriod
03 Jul 2020 : 35.15000.1% ▲1 Week
10 Jun 2020 : 34.37002.4% ▲30 Days
11 Apr 2020 : 33.15006.2% ▲90 Days
11 Jul 2019 : 28.926821.7% ▲1 Year
12 Jul 2015 : 20.719669.9% ▲5 Years
13 Jul 2010 : 11.2102214% ▲10 Years
USD/ETB 10 year historic rates & changes to 10-Jul-2020 : 35.2000

U$1,000 USD
Br35,200 ETB

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


US Dollar to Ethiopian Birr - Quick Conversions

U$ 1 Br 35.20
U$ 5 Br 176.00
U$ 10 Br 352.00
U$ 20 Br 704.00
U$ 50 Br 1,760
U$ 100 Br 3,520
U$ 250 Br 8,800
U$ 500 Br 17,600
U$ 1,000 Br 35,200
U$ 2,000 Br 70,400
U$ 5,000 Br 176,000
U$ 10,000 Br 352,000
U$ 50,000 Br 1,760,000
U$ 100,000 Br 3,520,000
More amounts
U$ 0.0284 Br 1
U$ 0.1420 Br 5
U$ 0.2841 Br 10
U$ 0.5682 Br 20
U$ 1.4205 Br 50
U$ 2.8409 Br 100
U$ 7.1023 Br 250
U$ 14.20 Br 500
U$ 28.41 Br 1,000
U$ 56.82 Br 2,000
U$ 142.05 Br 5,000
U$ 284.09 Br 10,000
U$ 1,420 Br 50,000
U$ 2,841 Br 100,000
More amounts

Frequently Asked Questions


What currency should I use in Ethiopia?

The domestic currency in Ethiopia is the Ethiopian Birr.

What is the Ethiopian Birr currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Ethiopian Birr is ETB — symbol is Br.

Which countries use the Ethiopian Birr?

It is the domestic currency in    Ethiopia.

Is the Ethiopian Birr a closed currency?

Yes the Ethiopian Birr is a closed currency. Which means that you may find it difficult to purchase the currency (ETB) 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 Ethiopia

Travel money for Ethiopia

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

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 ETB you will incur currency conversion or foreign transaction fees if you use a travel money card in Ethiopia.

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.


Sending money to Ethiopia

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Ethiopia you need to start with finding out the latest Ethiopian Birr 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 Ethiopia

When sending money to Ethiopia 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 Ethiopian Birr 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 ETB amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Ethiopia.

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

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