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 = 77.05
Telephone Prefix+93

Quick Conversions from US Dollar to Afghan Afghani

USD

AFN

U$ 1
77.05
U$ 5
385.25
U$ 10
770.50
U$ 20
1,541
U$ 50
3,853
U$ 100
7,705
U$ 250
19,263
U$ 500
38,525
U$ 1,000
77,050
U$ 2,000
154,100
U$ 5,000
385,250
U$ 10,000
770,500
U$ 50,000
3,852,500
U$ 100,000
7,705,000
More amounts

USD

AFN

U$ 0.0130
1
U$ 0.0649
5
U$ 0.1298
10
U$ 0.2596
20
U$ 0.6490
50
U$ 1.2979
100
U$ 3.2448
250
U$ 6.4895
500
U$ 12.98
1,000
U$ 25.96
2,000
U$ 64.90
5,000
U$ 129.79
10,000
U$ 648.95
50,000
U$ 1,298
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 7,705

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 77.05 was trading 0.9% below the 90-day average 77.76 with a range 76.35 to 79.22. There are no current rate alerts.
21-Feb 5PM-NY 10PM-LON | 22-Feb 9AM-SYD

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 Day0.012916 Feb 2020
7 Day0.013010 Feb 2020
30 Day0.012818 Jan 2020
3 Month0.012819 Nov 2019
1 Year0.013417 Feb 2019
5 Year0.017418 Feb 2015
10 Year0.020919 Feb 2010

Afghan Afghani to Euro - Historical Rates

PeriodAFN/EURDate
1 Day0.011916 Feb 2020
7 Day0.011910 Feb 2020
30 Day0.011618 Jan 2020
3 Month0.011519 Nov 2019
1 Year0.011917 Feb 2019
5 Year0.015318 Feb 2015
10 Year0.015419 Feb 2010

Afghan Afghani to Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

PeriodAFN/GBPDate
1 Day0.00992116 Feb 2020
7 Day0.010010 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00985118 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00988519 Nov 2019
1 Year0.010417 Feb 2019
5 Year0.011318 Feb 2015
10 Year0.013519 Feb 2010

Afghan Afghani to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodAFN/AUDDate
1 Day0.019316 Feb 2020
7 Day0.019410 Feb 2020
30 Day0.018718 Jan 2020
3 Month0.018719 Nov 2019
1 Year0.018717 Feb 2019
5 Year0.022318 Feb 2015
10 Year0.023319 Feb 2010

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