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Money and duty free for Falkland Islands

Currency and Money

Currency information

Falkland Islands Pound (FKP) and the British Pound Sterling (GBP; symbol £) = 100 pence. Notes are in denominations of £50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of £2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pence.

Credit cards

MasterCard and Visa are accepted in most hotels and shops in Stanley but few shops outside the main town will accept credit cards. American Express and Diners Card are accept by some businesses. There are no ATMs.


There are no ATMs.

Travellers cheques

May be changed at the Standard Chartered Bank and at some commercial outlets. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Pounds Sterling.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0830-1500.

Currency restrictions

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

Currency exchange

Exchange facilities are available in Stanley and the Standard Chartered Bank. British Pound Sterling cheques up to £50 from Barclays, Lloyds and Natwest banks can be cashed on production of a valid cheque card, but a fee will be charged. The Falklands' currency cannot be exchanged anywhere outside the islands. English Sterling banknotes and US Dollars are accepted by most businesses. Travellers are advised to carry some currency in US Dollars in case flights are diverted.

Falkland Islands duty free


The following items may be imported into the Falkland Islands without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 cigarillos or 250g tobacco.
• 1L of alcoholic beverage over 22% volume or 2L up to 22% volume.
• 2L of sparkling or still table wine.
• 10L of beer or cider.

Tobacco allowances apply to travellers aged 16 years or over. Alcohol allowances apply to travellers aged 18 years or over.

Banned Imports

Drugs, pornography and counterfeit goods.

Import licences are required from Department of Agriculture for plants, fresh meat, fresh poultry and fresh dairy produce. An import licence is required from the Falkland Islands' Policy Authority for firearms and ammunition.

Restricted imports include fruit, used fishing equipment, used agricultural or gardening clothing, used camping equipment and soiled footwear or clothing. Some items require a licence, while others may require treatment with disinfectant.

The import of endangered species (eg whale bone, ivory and coral) is only allowed with a special permit.

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