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ETB – Ethiopian Birr


ETB is considered to be a restricted currency, which implies an inherent limitation to the tradability of this currency. Fund transfers in this currency are not allowed outside of Ethiopia.

Currency Guidelines

Besides the standard information, the physical full address of the beneficiary is mandatory.

A clear reason / purpose of payment is recommended and consists of a full written description (in English) of the nature of payment to be provided in the remittance information. For example: providing an invoice number without guiding text is considered as insufficient and can result in errors or delays.

Example: Payment of travel expenses – invoice n° 123456789

In addition, the beneficiary bank branch name is mandatory and should be provided in the remittence information.

Instructions, technical guidelines & more

To consult the Technical Guidelines of this currency, click here

Additional information

• Available charge option: OUR/SHA/BEN
• Central bank of Ethiopia: