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Ethiopia - Ethiopian birr - Currency Guide


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


USD/ETB Trend (90-day)

USDETB at 42.35 has risen 3.7% above its 90-day average, range 39.39-42.35.
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Recent USD to ETB Trend + Alerts

The above interactive chart shows the USD/ETB Exchange Rate, Trends and Alerts - UP DOWN HIGH LOW


ETB News, Forecasts and Trends

US dollar to Ethiopian birr - Historical Rates

28 Apr 2021
1.1% ▲1 Week
05 Apr 2021
2.1% ▲30 Days
04 Feb 2021
7.2% ▲90 Days
05 May 2020
27.4% ▲1 Year
06 May 2016
96% ▲5 Years
08 May 2011
151.7% ▲10 Years

USD/ETB 10 year historic rates & change to 05-May-2021 : 42.3535


$10,000 USD
Br423,535 ETB

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

US dollar to Ethiopian birr - Quick Convert

$ 1 Br 42.35
$ 5 Br 211.75
$ 10 Br 423.50
$ 20 Br 847.00
$ 50 Br 2,118
$ 100 Br 4,235
$ 250 Br 10,588
$ 500 Br 21,175
$ 1,000 Br 42,350
$ 2,000 Br 84,700
$ 5,000 Br 211,750
$ 10,000 Br 423,500
$ 50,000 Br 2,117,500
$ 100,000 Br 4,235,000
More amounts
$ 0.0236 Br 1
$ 0.1181 Br 5
$ 0.2361 Br 10
$ 0.4722 Br 20
$ 1.1806 Br 50
$ 2.3611 Br 100
$ 5.9028 Br 250
$ 11.81 Br 500
$ 23.61 Br 1,000
$ 47.22 Br 2,000
$ 118.06 Br 5,000
$ 236.11 Br 10,000
$ 1,181 Br 50,000
$ 2,361 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.


Send Money to Ethiopia - Best Rates

To get a good (and fair) exchange rate when sending money to Ethiopia you need to find and compare exchange rates for International Money Transfers (IMTs).

The available FX rates for sending money abroad can be very different to the mid-market (wholesale) rate which you see reported online and in the News.

You should especially compare your own bank's exchange rates to those available from Money Transfer specialists 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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