Get ready for your trip to Ethiopia. Order your Ethiopian Birr at Manor FX today. Our great exchange rates mean you’ll have more ETB cash to spend. Have your Ethiopian Birr banknotes delivered securely to your home or office, or pick them up from the Manor FX bureau near Heathrow.
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Travel advise: payments in Ethiopia
Jet off well-informed to Ethiopia. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Ethiopia.
Card payments are rarely accepted in Ethiopia. The Ethiopian economy is almost entirely cash-based. Mobile payments have recently been introduced in Ethiopia using the mobile money agent CBE Birr.
If you are going to pay by card in Ethiopia: Be aware of significant card fees and currency conversion fees for card payments in Ethiopian Birr: Your bank’s ETB to GBP exchange rate may be dramatically bad. This is how banks make money.
Before using your bank card for payments in East Africa, it’s certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
Cash is an essential method of payment in Ethiopia. You’ll need to convert USD or EUR into Ethiopian Birr when you are in Ethiopia. Travelers are allowed to take up to 200 Ethiopian Birr per person into the country.
You will need to change your USD or EUR banknotes at the airport in Ethiopia. Local vendors will in some cases accept USD banknotes but most vendors will only accept Ethiopian Birr cash.
The cost of living in Ethiopia is 12% lower than the cost of living in the UK.
The prices of a coffee in a cafe is between 5 and 8 birr. For a three-course meal in a restaurant in Addis Ababa the price is around 400 to 700 birr.
Tipping is recommended in Ethiopia. Simply add 10% to 15% to the bill and tip in cash.
Banknotes in Ethiopia
Ethiopian Birr banknotes in use are 1 birr, 5 birr, 10 birr, 50 birr and 100 birr. The 50 and 100 birr banknotes in circulation have a hologram strip.
Coins in Ethiopia
Ethiopian coins range from 1 cent to 1 birr. Both a 1 birr coin and a 1 birr banknote are in circulation in Ethiopia alongside each other.
Ethiopia’s currency import and export regulations
Travelers can take up to 200 Birr per person into Ethiopia. In addition travelers can take up to $3000 USD worth of foreign currency into Ethiopia per person.
When exiting Ethiopia, travelers can take up to 200 Birr if they hold a re-entry permit. Up to $3000 USD in foreign currency per person can be exported from Ethiopia.
Ordering Ethiopian Birr online
Order Ethiopian Birr online and have them delivered fast and securely to your home or office, with Royal Mail Special Delivery Guaranteed®. Or pick them up from our travel money shop near Heathrow. Click here to buy Ethiopian Birr online.
Selling back Ethiopian Birr
If you have Ethiopian Birr to sell, follow this link to exchange Ethiopian Birr to Pounds, click on ‘sell currency’ and select ‘ETB Ethiopian Birr’. We’ll pay good rates for your leftover Ethiopian Birr.