Ethiopia - Ethiopian Birr - Currency Guide

This is a currency guide to Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Birr currency plus sending (ETB) transfers and travel tips for Ethiopia.

Country CodeET
Domestic Currency Ethiopian Birr
Currency SymbolBr
Currency CodeETB
Exchange RateUSD/ETB = 32.23
Telephone Prefix+251

Quick Conversions from US Dollar to Ethiopian Birr



U$ 1
Br 32.23
U$ 5
Br 161.15
U$ 10
Br 322.30
U$ 20
Br 644.60
U$ 50
Br 1,612
U$ 100
Br 3,223
U$ 250
Br 8,058
U$ 500
Br 16,115
U$ 1,000
Br 32,230
U$ 2,000
Br 64,460
U$ 5,000
Br 161,150
U$ 10,000
Br 322,300
U$ 50,000
Br 1,611,500
U$ 100,000
Br 3,223,000
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U$ 0.0310
Br 1
U$ 0.1552
Br 5
U$ 0.3103
Br 10
U$ 0.6206
Br 20
U$ 1.5516
Br 50
U$ 3.1032
Br 100
U$ 7.7580
Br 250
U$ 15.52
Br 500
U$ 31.03
Br 1,000
U$ 62.06
Br 2,000
U$ 155.16
Br 5,000
U$ 310.32
Br 10,000
U$ 1,552
Br 50,000
U$ 3,103
Br 100,000
More amounts

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

Ethiopia Currency Info

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.

How much is U$100 US Dollars in Ethiopian Birr?

U$ 100 converts to Br 3,223

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?

Ethiopian Birr (ETB) in the markets

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

USD/ETB at 32.23 was trading 2.3% above the 90-day average 31.49 with a range 29.32 to 32.23. ALERT: USD/ETB has risen to 90-DAY HIGHS.
21-Feb 5PM-NY 10PM-LON | 22-Feb 9AM-SYD

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.


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Sending money to Ethiopia

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Ethiopia you need to start with finding out the latest Ethiopian Birr 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 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 our 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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Ethiopian Birr to US Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.031316 Feb 2020
7 Day0.031210 Feb 2020
30 Day0.031218 Jan 2020
3 Month0.033319 Nov 2019
1 Year0.035217 Feb 2019
5 Year0.049218 Feb 2015
10 Year0.092919 Feb 2010

Ethiopian Birr to Euro - Historical Rates

1 Day0.028816 Feb 2020
7 Day0.028610 Feb 2020
30 Day0.028218 Jan 2020
3 Month0.030119 Nov 2019
1 Year0.031117 Feb 2019
5 Year0.043118 Feb 2015
10 Year0.068519 Feb 2010

Ethiopian Birr to Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

1 Day0.023916 Feb 2020
7 Day0.024210 Feb 2020
30 Day0.024018 Jan 2020
3 Month0.025819 Nov 2019
1 Year0.027217 Feb 2019
5 Year0.031918 Feb 2015
10 Year0.060219 Feb 2010

Ethiopian Birr to Australian Dollar - Historical Rates

1 Day0.046516 Feb 2020
7 Day0.046610 Feb 2020
30 Day0.045518 Jan 2020
3 Month0.048819 Nov 2019
1 Year0.049217 Feb 2019
5 Year0.063018 Feb 2015
10 Year0.103819 Feb 2010

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