cbe

USD
56.3778
57.5054
,
GBP
67.791
69.1468
,
EUR
60.8824
62.1
,
CHF
61.0648
62.2861
,
SEK
4.9117
5.0099
,
NOK
4.8688
4.9662
,
DKK
7.3921
7.5399
,
DJF
0.3158
0.3221
,
JPY
0.3396
0.3464
,
CAD
37.8192
38.5756
,
SAR
13.6041
13.8762
,
AED
13.8911
14.1689
,
XAF
0.012
0.0122
,
INR
,
KES
,
AUD
33.4448
34.1137
,
SDR
,
ZAR
,
CNY
7.0913
7.2331
,
KWD
174.8588
178.356

awash

EUR
56.5106
57.6408
,
GBP
64.5257
65.8162
,
JPY
0.4037
0.4118
,
CHF
57.4629
58.6122
,
SAR
14.1527
14.4358

abyssinia

GBP
67.791
69.1468
,
CHF
61.0648
62.2861
,
EUR
60.8824
62.1
,
USD
56.3778
57.5054
,
CAD
37.8192
38.5756
,
AED
13.8911
14.1689
,
SAR
13.6041
13.8762
,
SEK
4.9117
5.0099
,
NOK
4.8688
4.9662

abay

USD
56.3677
57.4951
,
EUR
60.7418
61.9566
,
GBP
71.1248
72.5473
,
CHF
63.9815
65.2611
,
AUD
36.8476
37.5846
,
AED
15.3465
15
,
CNY
7.8307
7.9873
,
DKK
8.1483
8.3113
,
DJF
0.3157
0.322
,
INR
0.6783
0.6924
,
JPY
0.3753
0.3833
,
KES
0.3887
0.3965
,
NOK
5.365
5.4723
,
SAR
15.0294
15.33
,
ZAR
2.9677
3.0271
,
SEK
5.4037
5.5118
,
SDR
74.6759
76.1694

zemen

CAD
41.7892
42.625
,
EUR
60.8824
62.1
,
GBP
70.9853
72.405
,
SEK
5.4273
5.5358
,
USD
56.3778
57.5054

buna

nib

GBP
67.791
69.1468
,
EUR
60.8824
62.1
,
CHF
61.0648
62.2861
,
USD
56.3778
57.5054
,
CAD
37.8192
38.5756
,
AED
13.8911
14.1689
,
SAR
13.6041
13.8762

berhan

wegagen

USD
56.1663
57.2896
,
GBP
67.9979
69.3579
,
EURO
60.9124
62.1306
,
CAD
37.9021
38.6601
,
AUD
33.5177
34.1881
,
CHF
60.8664
62.0837
,
SEK
4.8361
4.9328
,
NOK
4.6333
4.726
,
DKK
7.3141
7.4604
,
DJF
0.3128
0.3191
,
INR
0.6693
0.6827
,
KSH
0.3636
0.3709
,
JPY
0.3477
0.3547
,
SAR
13.4673
13.7366
,
AED
13.7552
14.0303
,
ZAR
3.1723
3.2357
,
CNY
7.0448
7.1857
,
KWD
172.7992
176.2552

dgb

USD
56.3778
57.5054
,
GBP
70.9853
72.405
,
EUR
60.8824
62.1
,
CHF
63.9422
65.221
,
CAD
41.7892
42.625
,
AUD
36.9556
37.6947
,
SEK
5.4273
5.5358
,
NOK
5.3799
5.4875
,
DKK
8.1681
8.3315
,
DJF
0.3158
0.3221
,
INR
0.6794
0.693
,
KSH
0.3861
0.3938
,
JPY
0.3753
0.3828
,
SAR
15.0321
15.3327
,
AED
15.3493
15.6563
,
ZAR
2.9646
3.0239
,
CNY
7.8357
7.9924
,
KWD
183.0982
186.7602

enat

addis

nbe

dashen

USD
56.3778
57.5054
,
GBP
67.791
69.1468
,
CHF
61.0648
62.2861
,
SEK
4.9117
5.0099
,
NOK
4.8688
4.9662
,
DKK
7.3921
7.5399
,
JPY
0.3396
0.3464
,
CAD
37.8192
38.5756
,
SAR
13.6041
13.8762
,
AED
13.8911
14.1689
,
EUR
60.8824
62.1
,
DJF
,
INR
,
KES
,
AUD
33.4448
34.1137
,
ZAR
,
CNY
7.0913
7.2331
,
KWD
174.8588
178.356
,
AED

oromia

USD
55.4509
56.5599
,
EUR
58.7724
59.9478
,
GBP
64.394
65.6819
,
SAR
13.3775
13.6451
,
CHF
59.3141
60.5004
,
AED
13.662
13.9352

lion

USD
56.3778
57.5054
,
GBP
67.791
69.1468
,
EUR
60.8824
62.1

coop

USD
56.3778
57.5054
,
GBP
70.9853
72.405
,
EUR
60.8824
62.1
,
SAR
15.0321
15.3327
,
AED
15.3493
15.6563

gadaa

USD
56.3677
57.4951
,
GBP
67.9242
69.2827
,
EUR
60.7418
61.9566
,
AED
13.8886
14.1664
,
SAR
13.6016
13.8736
,
CHF
61.1023
62.3243

hijra

EUR
61.5525
62.7836
,
USD
56.0843
57.206
,
GBP
71.5355
72.9662
,
AED
15.2681
15.5735
,
CAD
41.9322
42.7708
,
SAR
14.9478
15.2468

Foreign Currency in Ethiopia: How to Easily Access a Dollar?

Foreign Currency in Ethiopia Guide.

Do you want to know how to access dollars or foreign currency in Ethiopia without going through black market? without going through the hassle of changing birr to dollar? Or You want to directly use your dollars in home country?

Introduce yourself to the Diaspora account service, which is actively operating in Ethiopia, some of the bank to go to, which provides you this service are Awash bank, Zemen Bank and Dashen Bank, Foreign currency account for diaspora is designed to enable Diasporas access major currencies which are Dollars, Euro or pounds directly from their deposited account. here is a step by step guide to how to open a foreign currency account 

Foreign Currency in Ethiopia and Its Government

The government of Ethiopia’s foreign exchange reserves continue to be in low supply, posing a long-standing barrier for those wishing to source from overseas. Foreign exchange reserves have been depleted as a result of international loan commitments signed to pay previously constructed infrastructure projects.

All international transfers need licenses, and all foreign exchange transactions must be conducted through approved dealers monitored by the NBE. Imports must be financed through Ethiopian bank accounts. The NBE has transferred the majority of foreign exchange transaction functions to commercial banks, but retains the power to authorize substantial foreign exchange allocations. In addition, the NBE forces commercial banks to forfeit 30% of their foreign exchange gains. more detailed information could be found here but they are not properly updated more info

Having an experience of home investments in my home country, I have had challenges with shortage of currency, since my business requires import of chemicals and inputs, we have been having difficulties with the depreciating money, it sucked on the profit we were making that we were in a constant finance distress, few years ago I have been introduced to the Diaspora account, from that time we were able to make our import at a lower cost than we did before. With the soaring inflation and devaluing currency, it would have been hard for us to survive in business. “said Kebede Makalu CEO of INERIT Medical manufacturing 

 

Banks That With good reputation regarding foreign currency in Ethiopia

Awash Bank

Awash Bank

7.6 Rating

7% Saving Interest

Banking and Services for micro finance institutions

School Tution Fee Collection Services

Lucy Women's Saving

Business Banking

Plenty of business banking choices

Bank of Abyssinia

Bank of Abyssinia

8.7 Rating

7% Saving Interest

Ecommerce Payment Gateway

Virtual Banking

Customer Support

E-Commerce

Simplify Customer Experience

Berhan Bank

Berhan Bank

8.4 Rating

7% Saving Interest

Salary Fund Management

Premium Savings Accounts

Online School Pay

Berhan School Pay

Time saving payment method

Diaspora Account is one of the major ways to preserve and store foreign currency in Ethiopia. For that reason banks are trying to acquire the diaspora based customers from aboard.

To benefit from a diaspora account, you need to be or have one of the following for  More detail on how to open diaspora account

  • Non-resident Ethiopian or a Non-resident foreign national of Ethiopian origin
  • An Ethiopian national living and working abroad or in due process of living abroad for work for more than one year and who can produce authenticated documents.
  • Companies owned by the above-mentioned nonresidents and located outside the Ethiopian territory for more than one year.

Once you make sure that you fulfill at least one of the criteria, you can open the account whether you are in Ethiopia or in the country you are residing via post. while applying to the account if you cannot physically appear to the bank, you can use the nearby Ethiopian Embassies, correspondent banks or remittance service providers to prove your identity. To find the full service you can go to the site of the banks we have listed that provide you a diaspora account.

Foreign Currency in Ethiopia

Having a foreign currency account can be a powerful tool to enable you make transactions very easily and in overall increase the efficiency of your business

You can 

  • Make local payment in Birr
  • Transfers to other foreign currency accounts in any of the authorized banks in Ethiopia.
  • Make payment for your imports or other Foreign Service Payments provided the account holder has the required business license to do so.
  • Make transfers abroad
  • Withdraw for travel allowance of your requirements in cash notes or any other instruments upon presentation of valid travel document. 
  • Convert into a Birr account at the prevailing exchange rate.
  • Pay for authorized bank charges, if any, levied by the opening bank
  • Serve as collateral or guarantee for loans or bids.

Following the trend and leveraging the heat of incentives is what help you achieve your dream in whatever business you are in.

The government has recently opened up sectors for diasporas that were once reserved to domestic investors, and the country has been opening up to foreign investment across sectors. Unlike the past, the legal security of ownership for Diasporas will further catalyze engagements in financial services. 

For any Diaspora or anyone who wants foreign currency for business, travel or any reason having a foreign currency account or. Diaspora account is not an option but a basic necessity