Angola - Angolan Kwanza - Currency Guide

This is a currency guide to Angola, the Angolan Kwanza currency plus sending (AOA) transfers and travel tips for Angola.

 
 
CountryAngola
FlagAngola
Country CodeAO
Domestic Currency Angolan Kwanza
Currency Symbol
Currency CodeAOA
Exchange RateUSD/AOA = 493.96
Telephone Prefix+244

Quick Conversions from US Dollar to Angolan Kwanza

USD

AOA

U$ 1
493.96
U$ 5
2,470
U$ 10
4,940
U$ 20
9,879
U$ 50
24,698
U$ 100
49,396
U$ 250
123,490
U$ 500
246,980
U$ 1,000
493,960
U$ 2,000
987,920
U$ 5,000
2,469,800
U$ 10,000
4,939,600
U$ 50,000
24,698,000
U$ 100,000
49,396,000
More amounts

USD

AOA

U$ 0.0020
1
U$ 0.0101
5
U$ 0.0202
10
U$ 0.0405
20
U$ 0.1012
50
U$ 0.2024
100
U$ 0.5060
250
U$ 1.0120
500
U$ 2.0240
1,000
U$ 4.0480
2,000
U$ 10.12
5,000
U$ 20.24
10,000
U$ 101.20
50,000
U$ 202.40
100,000
More amounts

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

Angola Currency Info


Frequently Asked Questions


What currency should I use in Angola?

The domestic currency in Angola is the Angolan Kwanza.

What is the Angolan Kwanza currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Angolan Kwanza is AOA.

How much is U$100 US Dollars in Angolan Kwanza?

U$ 100 converts to 49,396

Which countries use the Angolan Kwanza?

It is the domestic currency in Angola.

Is the Angolan Kwanza a closed currency?

Yes the Angolan Kwanza is a closed currency. Which means that you may find it difficult to purchase the currency (AOA) 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?


Angolan Kwanza (AOA) in the markets

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

ALERT: 14-DAY LOWS 🔔 |
USD/AOA at 493.96 is trading 2.5% above the 90-day average 482.06 with a range 458.05 to 496.55. ALERT: USD/AOA has dropped to 14-DAY LOWS.
18-Feb-2020 16:NY 21:LON 08:SYD+1d

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Angola

Angola's economy is among the fastest growing in the world due to its strong mineral and petroleum reserves, especially since the end of the civil war. Despite this, the standard of living remains low for the majority of the population. But its oil, diamonds, natural beauty (and even dinosaur bones) are attracting business travelers, tourists, and paleontologists.

Can I use Credit Cards in Angola?

Travellers are advised that cash, called Kwanza in Angola, is the payment of choice throughout the country, except for at major hotels. Angola’s currency is the Kwanza (Kz or AOA). Not all ATMs in Angola allow access to foreign accounts, and when they do, fraud concerns are present and the charges are exorbitant. Credit cards have limited acceptance and American Express, Visa, and Diners Club may only be used in large hotels and high-end restaurants. There are many ATMs in town, although they rarely accept foreign cards. However its ATM network is growing all the time.

Importing or exporting any amount of kwanzaa is illegal and attempting to will result in penalties, confiscation, and possibly even imprisonment.

The overall picture painted in Angola shows one of increasing stability. While there are lingering elements of the country's civil war - poverty, poor infrastructure and government and police corruption - the country is much improved from the way it was before.Areas like Luanda and Cabinda remain high on the no-go list for many government-run travel sites due to the possibility of political unrest and attacks on tourists. However, you can still see areas of Luanda if you exercise caution.

Are Visas needed for Angola?

Make sure your passport is valid for six months past your last day in Angola and that there are two blank consecutive pages available for the visa. You should also have a yellow fever vaccination card with you, in case an official should ask to see it at the airport. You must get a visa for Angola before leaving for your trip. The main international airport is Quatro de Fevereiro International Airport, located right outside of Luanda. From the airport, you can grab a taxi into the city center.

 

Travel money for Angola

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

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

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.

 

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Sending money to Angola

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Angola you need to start with finding out the latest Angolan Kwanza 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).


Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Angola

When sending money to Angola 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 Angolan Kwanza 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 AOA amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Angola.

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

 

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Angolan Kwanza to US Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodAOA/USDDate
1 Day0.00202116 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00201510 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00204318 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00216619 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00318317 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00949318 Feb 2015
10 Year0.011119 Feb 2010

Angolan Kwanza to Euro - Historical Rates

PeriodAOA/EURDate
1 Day0.00186416 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00184710 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00184218 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00195519 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00281817 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00832518 Feb 2015
10 Year0.00818519 Feb 2010

Angolan Kwanza to Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

PeriodAOA/GBPDate
1 Day0.00154916 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00156010 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00157018 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00167519 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00246617 Feb 2019
5 Year0.00614818 Feb 2015
10 Year0.00719619 Feb 2010

Angolan Kwanza to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

PeriodAOA/AUDDate
1 Day0.00300516 Feb 2020
7 Day0.00301210 Feb 2020
30 Day0.00297318 Jan 2020
3 Month0.00317319 Nov 2019
1 Year0.00445517 Feb 2019
5 Year0.012218 Feb 2015
10 Year0.012419 Feb 2010

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