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Saturday, January 18, 2014
Ethiopian Birr and money exchange (ATMs)
Only the banks change money in Ethiopia. Bring your passport and currency you want to exchange for Birr. EUR, USD or GBP are the safe choices, but the banks will exchange few other currencies.
There are some ATMs with the Visa card logo that allow card withdrawals from foreign accounts. However, when we tried one of them, the transaction was declined although the ATM featured the Visa logo. Please note that not all the banks have ATMs, but you can find international ATMs by the larger hotels and in the shopping malls. It is forbidden to import or export more than 200 Birr in and out of Ethiopia.