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Money and duty free for Greenland

Currency and Money

Currency information

Danish Krone (DKK; symbol kr) = 100 øre. Notes are in denominations of kr1,000, 500, 200, 100 and 50. Coins are in denominations of kr20, 10, 5, 2 and 1, and 50 and 25 øre.

Credit cards

Credit cards are restricted to the major towns and most hotels. Some major towns, like Ilulissat, have ATMs.


Some major towns, like Ilulissat, have ATMs.

Travellers cheques

Cheques in major currencies may be exchanged as indicated in the currency exchange section above. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Pounds Sterling or US Dollars. However, exchanging traveller's cheques in Greenland has been reported to be problematic.

Banking hours

Mon-Thurs 0930-1530; Fri 0930-1500.

Currency restrictions

There are no restrictions on the import or export of local or foreign currency. However, amounts exceeding €10,000 or equivalent must be declared if travelling from or to a country outside the European Union.

Currency exchange

Cheques drawn on Danish banks can be cashed at banks and cash can also be exchanged. Postal cheques can be cashed at all post offices. Grønlandsbanken (PO Box 1033, DK-3900 Nuuk; tel: 70 1234;, has branches in Nuuk, Sisimiut, Oaqortoq, Ilulissat and Maniitsoq. KNI/POST represents the bank in other towns and villages. There is no banking service in Søndre Strømfjord at present.

Greenland duty free


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

• 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.

• 200 pieces of cigarette paper or cigar ethyl streaks.
• 1L of alcoholic beverages over 22% volume or 2L of fortified wine (up to 22% volume).
• 2.25L of table wine.
• 2L of beer.
• 2L of soft drinks.

• 1L of drinking water.
• 50ml of perfume and 250ml of eau de toilette.
• Cosmetics and toiletries up to a value of kr1,000.
• 4kg of coffee or tea.
• 4kg of chocolate or confectionery.
• 5kg of meat, meat products or poultry.

Alcohol allowances are for travellers aged over 18 only.

Banned Imports

Narcotics, most live animals (other than guide dogs), and pistols or fully- or semi-automatic weapons. To bring a hunting rifle to Greenland, you need to obtain a permit from your airline, but hunting is only permitted on special hunting trips organised by a certified tour operator.

Banned Exports

Products made of whale tooth.

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