Money

Currency : Somoni (S) = 100 dirams. Notes are in denominations of S100, 50, 20, 10, 5 and 1. Dirams, also issued as notes, are in denominations of diram50, 20, 5 and 1.

Currency exchange :
The preferred hard currency is the US Dollar, although other hard currencies are in theory also acceptable. All bills are normally settled in cash, and tourists must pay in hard currency for accommodation in hotels, although these are normally included in the price of organized tours. Owing to a shortage of change, a supply of small notes should be carried. International banking services are not available. All money should be changed at the official bureaux de change and the receipts should be kept. However, this law is not rigidly enforced.

Credit & debit cards : Not accepted.

Travellers cheques : Limited acceptance.

Exchange rate indicators :
The following figures are included as a guide to the movements of the Somoni against the US Dollar and the Euro.

 Date

Feb 03

May 03

Aug 03

Nov 03

 1.00 =

3.01

4.56

4.76

4.72

 $1.00 =

2.79

2.79

2.69

2.78

Currency restrictions : The import of local and foreign currency is unlimited, subject to declaration on arrival. The export of local currency is prohibited except by Tajikistan residents and the export of foreign currency is limited to the amount declared on arrival. All currency must be declared on arrival and a customs declaration form obtained.

Note : Values are given against the Euro rather than Sterling as an accurate exchange rate against Sterling is not available.

Banking hours : Mon-Fri 0800-1700.

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