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Foreign Exchange Guide to Afghanistan

This currency guide to Afghanistan helps you choose the best way to save money on AFN transfers and travel money.    [USD/AFN=78.28]

 
Afghanistan
Country Code:
AF
Domestic Currency:
Afghan Afghani
Symbol - Code:
AFN
Telephone Prefix:
+93

This is a foreign exchange guide to Afghanistan, the Afghan Afghani currency plus sending AFN transfers and travel tips.


In this Afghanistan currency guide we take a look at :

  1. Afghan Afghani info - general info about the Afghan Afghani
  2. Afghan Afghani in the markets - recent AFN moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Afghanistan - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Afghan Afghani cash online - travel money for Afghanistan
  5. Sending money to Afghanistan - save on Afghan Afghani bank transfers to Afghanistan
  6. Afghan Afghani exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.

Afghan Afghani (AFN) general currency information


What is the Afghan Afghani currency code and symbol?

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


Which countries use the Afghan Afghani?

It is the domestic currency in Afghanistan.

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


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:

At 78.28 USD/AFN was trading near its 90 day average 78.57 with range 80.38 to 77.27. There are currently no alerts. Updated: 08:50-AEDT 22:50-BST 17:50-EDT

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.

   

Afghanistan Trip Checklist    

 
  1. Compare AFN travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
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  3. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

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 AFN 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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AFN/USD - Afghan Afghani to United States Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodAFN/USDDate
1 Day0.012813 Oct 2019
7 Day0.012807 Oct 2019
30 Day0.012814 Sep 2019
3 Month0.012416 Jul 2019
1 Year0.013214 Oct 2018
5 Year0.017415 Oct 2014
10 Year0.021116 Oct 2009

AFN/EUR - Afghan Afghani to Euro - Historical Rates

PeriodAFN/EURDate
1 Day0.011613 Oct 2019
7 Day0.011707 Oct 2019
30 Day0.011514 Sep 2019
3 Month0.011116 Jul 2019
1 Year0.011414 Oct 2018
5 Year0.013615 Oct 2014
10 Year0.014116 Oct 2009

AFN/GBP - Afghan Afghani to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

PeriodAFN/GBPDate
1 Day0.010113 Oct 2019
7 Day0.010407 Oct 2019
30 Day0.010214 Sep 2019
3 Month0.010016 Jul 2019
1 Year0.010014 Oct 2018
5 Year0.010915 Oct 2014
10 Year0.012916 Oct 2009

AFN/AUD - Afghan Afghani to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodAFN/AUDDate
1 Day0.018813 Oct 2019
7 Day0.019007 Oct 2019
30 Day0.018614 Sep 2019
3 Month0.017716 Jul 2019
1 Year0.018514 Oct 2018
5 Year0.019815 Oct 2014
10 Year0.023016 Oct 2009

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