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Money and duty free for Surinam

Currency and Money

Currency information

Surinam Dollar (SRD; symbol S$) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of S$100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of 250, 100, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.

Credit cards

American Express and MasterCard are the most widely accepted credit cards; Diners Club has limited acceptance.

Travellers cheques

Must be changed at banks. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in Pounds Sterling or US Dollars.

Banking hours

Mon-Fri 0730-1400.

Currency restrictions

The import of local and foreign currency is unlimited, provided amounts in excess of US$10,000 are declared on arrival. Exported currency must not exceed the amount declared on arrival.

Currency exchange

Surinam Dollars are the only legal tender; since the introduction of the new monetary system from the former gulden system, gulden coins are still in circulation, but they have been re-valued to a ratio of 1,000 guldens per 1 Surinam Dollar. The Central Bank is authorised to exchange money.

Surinam duty free


The following items may be imported into Surinam without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes.
• 2 bottles of alcoholic drinks.
• A reasonable amount of perfume.

Banned Imports

Fruit (except a reasonable quantity from The Netherlands), vegetables, coffee, plants, roots, bulbs, cacao, rice, fish, meat and meat products (unless a valid health certificate is shown).

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