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Money and duty free for Kiribati

Currency and Money

Currency information

Australian Dollar (AUD; symbol A$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of A$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of A$2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10 and 5 cents.

Credit cards

MasterCard and Visa have very limited acceptance. There are ATMs at branches of the Bank of Kiribati/ANZ in Betio, Bairiki and Bikenibeu (all on Tarawa atoll).

ATM

There are ATMs at branches of the Bank of Kiribati/ANZ in Betio, Bairiki and Bikenibeu (all on Tarawa atoll).

Travellers cheques

Accepted in hotels, some shops and at the Bank of Kiribati Ltd. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take travellers cheques in Australian Dollars.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0930-1500. The Bikenibeu branch is open 0900-1400.

Currency restrictions

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

Currency exchange

Currency may be exchanged at the Bank of Kiribati Ltd or local hotels.

Kiribati duty free

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

• 200 cigarettes or 225g of tobacco or cigars.
• 1L of spirits and 1L of wine (only if aged 21 years and older).

Banned Imports

Prohibited imports include counterfeit currency, indecent/obscene goods, matches containing white or yellow phosphorus, unauthorised goods bearing the national emblem of Kiribati, flick knives and imitation firearms.

Restricted imports include pure alcohol and soil.