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Money and duty free for Sudan

Currency and Money

Currency information

Sudanese Pound (SDG) = 100 piasters. Notes are in denominations of SDG50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1. Coins are in denominations of 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1 piasters.

The Sudanese Pound has replaced the Sudanese Dinar, which was phased out on 30 June 2007. 1 Sudanese Pound = 100 Sudanese Dinars = 1,000 old Sudanese Pounds.

Credit cards

Due to recent conflicts, it is recommended to bring plenty of cash rather than rely on card transactions in Sudan.


There are limited ATM facilities in Khartoum.

Travellers cheques

These are generally not recommended.

Banking hours

Sat-Thurs 0830-1200.

Currency restrictions

The import and export of local currency is prohibited. The import and export of foreign currency is unlimited, subject to declaration.

Currency exchange

Currency should be exchanged only at official bureaux de change and banks, and receipts should be retained. There are severe penalties for changing money on the black market.

Sudan duty free


The following items may be imported into Sudan by visitors over 20 years of age without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 450g of tobacco.
• A reasonable amount of perfume and eau de toilette for personal use.
• A reasonable amount of gifts.

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include alcohol, pornographic material, pork meat and goods from Israel.

You can only import fruit, vegetables, meat and fish with the approval of the Ministry of Animal and Fish Resources. To import firearms, you must obtain permission from the Ministry of Interior.

Export Restrictions

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