The official currency is the Burundian franc (BIF), which is divided into 100 centimes. Since Burundi started issuing its own currency, centimes have not been produced. Currency exchange can be conducted at a main bank in Bujumbura or Gitega. US dollars dating before 2003 are often not accepted. Travellers cheques in US dollars or Euros are generally accepted but commission rates are high. Banks are open from Monday to Friday in the morning only. Credit cards are rarely accepted and ATMs are not readily available, so it is wise to bring the necessary capital in an easily exchangeable currency.
Currency Exchange Rates
|Burundi||BIF 100||BIF 1,000||BIF 10,000||BIF 100,000||BIF 1,000,000|
|Australia||A$ 0.08||A$ 0.80||A$ 7.98||A$ 79.78||A$ 797.79|
|Canada||C$ 0.08||C$ 0.79||C$ 7.86||C$ 78.57||C$ 785.73|
|Ireland||€ 0.06||€ 0.57||€ 5.74||€ 57.38||€ 573.76|
|New Zealand||NZ$ 0.08||NZ$ 0.82||NZ$ 8.21||NZ$ 82.11||NZ$ 821.10|
|South Africa||R 0.75||R 7.46||R 74.64||R 746.37||R 7,463.67|
|United Kingdom||£ 0.04||£ 0.42||£ 4.22||£ 42.23||£ 422.26|
|United States of America||US$ 0.06||US$ 0.63||US$ 6.28||US$ 62.81||US$ 628.09|
Note: These currency exchange rates are not updated daily and should be used as a guideline only.
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