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Money and duty free for São Tomé e Príncipe

Currency and Money

Currency information

Dobra (STD; symbol Db) = 100 cêntimos. Notes are in denominations of Db50,000, 20,000, 10,000 and 5,000. Coins are in denominations of Db20, 10, 5, 2 and 1.

Credit cards

Some hotels accept Visa and MasterCard. There are no ATMs in the country.


There are no ATMs in the country.

Travellers cheques

Limited acceptance by banks and hotels. To avoid additional exchange rate charges travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars or Euros.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0730-1130.

Currency restrictions

There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency.

Currency exchange

Foreign currencies can be exchanged at banks and some hotels.

São Tomé e Príncipe duty free


The following may be imported into São Tomé e Príncipe without incurring customs duty:

• Reasonable quantities of tobacco products and perfume (opened).

Banned Imports

Prohibited goods include animals and animal products from countries where there is an epidemic, endangered species, absinthe, counterfeit and pirated goods, medicines (other than prescription drugs), food considered harmful to public health, pornography, and plants and plant products.

Restricted goods include pure alcohol, arms and ammunition, and food.

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