Send Money to Ethiopia

Western Union
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Minimum Transfer: £5000
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Countries in Ethiopia

Send Money Transfer to Ethiopia

All foreign currency transactions must be approved by Ethiopia's central bank, the National Bank of Ethiopia (NBE). The local currency (Birr) is not freely convertible. A 2004 NBE directive allows non-resident Ethiopians and non-resident foreign nationals of Ethiopian origin to establish and operate foreign currency accounts up to US$50,000.

Using a bank transfer is in theory one of the most straight forward ways to transfer funds to Ethiopia assuming the recipient has a bank account there. Be sure to check on the exchange rate and for any fees. The process can be longwinded and require patience and be sure to try and use the same correspondent bank to simplify the process.

If you want to send cash without using your bank account or if you do not have one yet, you can opt for a worldwide money transfer service via a Money Sending Bureau. These establishments are found in major cities around the world and are very common across Ethiopia. With this option however you will need to pay a significant commission on the transfer and it is worth looking around as fees can vary between just a few percent as high as 15% of the sum being sent. These institutions also often comparatively poor exchange rates so again the total costs need to be considered.

The procedure is however relatively simple: You take the money you would like to transfer to an office in cash. You have to fill in a form, pay the service fee, and show a valid ID. Alternatively, you can process your money transfer online. Once this procedure is done, the recipient can pick up the money at another office simply by showing his or her own ID. With the transaction number you receive, you can track the status of your transfer online.

Bank Note System
Ethiopian Birr (ETB; symbol Br) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of Br100, 50, 10, 5 and 1. Coins are in denominations of 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

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