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Money and duty free for Somalia

Currency and Money

Currency information

Somali Shilling (SOS; symbol S) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of S500, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of S1, and 50, 10 and 5 cents.

Credit cards

Not accepted.

Travellers cheques

US traveller's cheques are preferred but generally not recommended.

Banking hours

Sat-Thurs 0800-1130.

Currency restrictions

The import and export of local currency is limited to S200. The import of foreign currency is unlimited provided it is declared upon arrival and exchanged at the national banks within five days of arrival.

Currency exchange

US Dollar bills are the easiest currency to exchange; hotels are the easiest and safest places. Avoid money changers in crowded areas.

Somalia duty free


The following goods may be imported into Somalia without incurring customs duty:

• 400 cigarettes or 40 cigars or 400g of tobacco.
• 1 bottle of wine or spirits.
• A reasonable amount of perfume for personal use.

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