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Foreign Exchange Guide to Ethiopia

Read this currency guide to Ethiopia with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/ETB=28.1205]

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Domestic Currency:
Ethiopian Birr
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This is a foreign exchange guide to Ethiopia, the Ethiopian Birr currency plus ETB transfers and travel tips.

In this Ethiopia currency guide we take a look at :

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

Ethiopian Birr (ETB) general currency information

What is the Ethiopian Birr currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Ethiopian Birr is ETB and the symbol is Br.

Is the Ethiopian Birr a closed currency?

Yes the Ethiopian Birr is a closed currency. Which means that you will not be able to purchase the currency (ETB) before departure and will need to buy it upon arrival. For more information and a full list of closed currencies please refer to our guide: What is a closed currency?

Which countries use the Ethiopian Birr?

It is the domestic currency in Ethiopia.

Ethiopian Birr (ETB) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to ETB exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.

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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 will not be able 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.


Ethiopia Trip Checklist    

  1. Search Hotel deals - Save on your accomodation in Ethiopia
  2. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

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 ETB 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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Popular ETB cross rates

ETB/USD - Ethiopian Birr to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.03551 Week
09 Nov 20180.03561 Month
12 Jun 20180.03636 Months
09 Dec 20170.03691 Year
09 Dec 20160.04462 Years
10 Dec 20130.05245 Years
11 Dec 20080.106510 Years

ETB/EUR - Ethiopian Birr to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.03131 Week
09 Nov 20180.03141 Month
12 Jun 20180.03096 Months
09 Dec 20170.03131 Year
09 Dec 20160.04222 Years
10 Dec 20130.03815 Years
11 Dec 20080.080110 Years

ETB/GBP - Ethiopian Birr to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.02781 Week
09 Nov 20180.02751 Month
12 Jun 20180.02716 Months
09 Dec 20170.02761 Year
09 Dec 20160.03552 Years
10 Dec 20130.03195 Years
11 Dec 20080.071210 Years

ETB/JPY - Ethiopian Birr to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20184.03941 Week
09 Nov 20184.05671 Month
12 Jun 20184.00636 Months
09 Dec 20174.18771 Year
09 Dec 20165.13132 Years
10 Dec 20135.39175 Years
11 Dec 20089.755010 Years

ETB/AUD - Ethiopian Birr to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.04811 Week
09 Nov 20180.04931 Month
12 Jun 20180.04796 Months
09 Dec 20170.04921 Year
09 Dec 20160.05992 Years
10 Dec 20130.05735 Years
11 Dec 20080.158710 Years

ETB/CAD - Ethiopian Birr to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
02 Dec 20180.04711 Week
09 Nov 20180.04711 Month
12 Jun 20180.04726 Months
09 Dec 20170.04741 Year
09 Dec 20160.05882 Years
10 Dec 20130.05565 Years
11 Dec 20080.131210 Years

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