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Money and duty free for Niger

Currency and Money

Currency information

CFA (Communauté Financière Africaine) Franc (XOF; symbol CFA) = 100 centimes. Notes are in denominations of CFA10,000, 5,000, 2,500, 2,000 and 1,000. Coins are in denominations of CFA500, 250, 200, 100, 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1. Niger is part of the French Monetary Area.

Only currency issued by the Banque des Etats de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (Bank of West African States) is valid; currency issued by the Banque des Etats de l'Afrique Centrale (Bank of Central African States) is not. The CFA Franc is tied to the Euro.

Credit cards

Niger has a cash-based society with no ATMs. Diners Club and MasterCard are accepted on a very limited basis.


Niger has a cash-based society with no ATMs.

Travellers cheques

Accepted by banks, as well as some hotels, restaurants, shops and airline offices. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Euros.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0730-1100 and 1530-1730.

Currency restrictions

The import of local and foreign currency is unrestricted. Export of local currency is limited to XOF25,000. The export of foreign currency is unlimited.

Currency exchange

Currency can be exchanged at the airport as well as at main banks and hotels.

Niger duty free


The following items may be imported into Niger without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 25 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1 bottle of spirits and 1 bottle of wine.
• 500ml of eau de toilette and 250ml of perfume.

Banned Imports

Pornography is prohibited. You must obtain a licence to import sporting guns.

Banned Exports

Digging up or attempting to export ancient artefacts is prohibited.

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