Afghanistan - Afghan Afghani - Currency Guide

This is a currency guide to Afghanistan, the Afghan Afghani currency plus sending (AFN) transfers and travel tips for Afghanistan.

 
 
CountryAfghanistan
FlagAfghanistan
Country CodeAF
Domestic Currency Afghan Afghani
Currency Symbol
Currency CodeAFN
Exchange RateUSD/AFN = 76.24
Telephone Prefix+93

Quick Conversions from US Dollar to Afghan Afghani

USD

AFN

U$ 1
76.24
U$ 5
381.20
U$ 10
762.40
U$ 20
1,525
U$ 50
3,812
U$ 100
7,624
U$ 250
19,060
U$ 500
38,120
U$ 1,000
76,240
U$ 2,000
152,480
U$ 5,000
381,200
U$ 10,000
762,400
U$ 50,000
3,812,000
U$ 100,000
7,624,000
More amounts

USD

AFN

U$ 0.0131
1
U$ 0.0656
5
U$ 0.1312
10
U$ 0.2623
20
U$ 0.6558
50
U$ 1.3116
100
U$ 3.2790
250
U$ 6.5580
500
U$ 13.12
1,000
U$ 26.23
2,000
U$ 65.58
5,000
U$ 131.16
10,000
U$ 655.80
50,000
U$ 1,312
100,000
More amounts

To calculate specific USD/AFN amounts use our Convert USD to AFN quick calculator.

Afghanistan Currency Info

The new afghani currency was announced by President Hamid Karzai on September 4, 2002, and was introduced to the market on October 8, 2002. This monetary reform was well received by the public as it was a sign of security and stability, especially the country's rebuilding effort. People also no longer had to carry many bags of money for ordinary things. It was the first time in many years that a sole currency was under the control of the central bank instead of warlords. Most old banknotes were destroyed by the end of 2002. Prior to the reissue, there were more than 15 trillion afghani in circulation after unrestrained printing under Taliban rule and during wars and occupation


Frequently Asked Questions


What currency should I use in Afghanistan?

The domestic currency in Afghanistan is the Afghan Afghani.

What is the Afghan Afghani currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Afghan Afghani is AFN.

How much is U$100 US Dollars in Afghan Afghani?

U$ 100 converts to 7,624

Which countries use the Afghan Afghani?

It is the domestic currency in Afghanistan.

Is the Afghan Afghani a closed currency?

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


Afghan Afghani (AFN) in the markets

After depreciating during the last quarter of 2003/04, the afghani has been appreciating steadily, gaining 8 percent against the U.S. dollar between end-March 2004 and end-July 2004. This appreciation, at a time of increasing inflation, appears to reflect a greater willingness by the population to use the afghani as a medium of exchange and as a store of value. This trend appears to be attributable to the relative stability of the exchange rate since the introduction of the new currency, administrative measures aimed at promoting its use, such as the requirement that shopkeepers must price goods in afghani. Donors are increasingly making payments in afghani instead of U.S. dollars and this appears to be widely accepted.

The interactive chart below shows the USD to AFN exchange rate and trend for the previous 3 months:

USD/AFN at 76.24 was trading 0.8% below AVG:76.89 with LO:75.69 and HI:78.55 (90 days). There are no current rate alerts.
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Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Afghanistan

Carry sufficient cash in US Dollars for your visit. Credit cards are not accepted. Some ATMs in Kabul dispense dollars as well as the local currency, Afghanis. Banks are closed on Fridays, but there are ATMs in various locations in Wazir Akbar Khan and elsewhere. ATMs are located at military camps, but unless you have an International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) pass you will not be able to enter. Travellers’ cheques are not widely accepted and it can take a fortnight for them to clear.

 

Travel money for Afghanistan

Save money and time by Ordering your Afghan Afghani online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the AFN 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 Afghan Afghani otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.

 

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Sending money to Afghanistan

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Afghanistan you need to start with finding out the latest Afghan Afghani foreign-transfer exchange 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 here).

How stable is the Afghan economy and financial system

In October 2003, Afghan Central Bank governor Anwar Ul-Haq Ahadi announced that Afghans should use their own Afghani currency in daily transactions rather than United States dollars or Pakistani rupees. This was in preparation for when all prices in the Afghan marketplace were to be specified in Afghani.

After depreciating during the last quarter of 2003/04, the Afghani has been appreciating steadily, gaining 8 percent against the U.S. dollar between end-March 2004 and end-July 2004. This appreciation, at a time of increasing inflation, appears to reflect a greater willingness by the population to use the Afghani as a medium of exchange and as a store of value.

This trend appears to be attributable to the relative stability of the exchange rate since the introduction of the new currency, administrative measures aimed at promoting its use, such as the requirement that shopkeepers must price goods in Afghani. Donors are increasingly making payments in Afghani instead of U.S. dollars and this appears to be widely accepted.


Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Afghanistan

When sending money to Afghanistan 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 Afghan Afghani 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 AFN amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Afghanistan.

Use our Send to Afghan Afghani 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 Afghan Afghani deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!

 

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Afghan Afghani to US Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodAFN/USDDate
1 Day0.013129 Mar 2020
7 Day0.013123 Mar 2020
30 Day0.013229 Feb 2020
3 Month0.012831 Dec 2019
1 Year0.013231 Mar 2019
5 Year0.017301 Apr 2015
10 Year0.021702 Apr 2010

Afghan Afghani to Euro - Historical Rates

PeriodAFN/EURDate
1 Day0.011729 Mar 2020
7 Day0.012223 Mar 2020
30 Day0.012029 Feb 2020
3 Month0.011431 Dec 2019
1 Year0.011731 Mar 2019
5 Year0.016101 Apr 2015
10 Year0.016102 Apr 2010

Afghan Afghani to Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

PeriodAFN/GBPDate
1 Day0.010529 Mar 2020
7 Day0.011323 Mar 2020
30 Day0.010329 Feb 2020
3 Month0.00965531 Dec 2019
1 Year0.010131 Mar 2019
5 Year0.011701 Apr 2015
10 Year0.014202 Apr 2010

Afghan Afghani to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodAFN/AUDDate
1 Day0.021229 Mar 2020
7 Day0.022423 Mar 2020
30 Day0.020329 Feb 2020
3 Month0.018331 Dec 2019
1 Year0.018531 Mar 2019
5 Year0.022701 Apr 2015
10 Year0.023602 Apr 2010

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