Money

The Surinamese dollar (abbreviated SRD) has been the official currency of Surinam since 1 January 2004. There are coins of 5, 10, 25, 100 and 250 cents and banknotes of 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 SRD.
 

In some stores the prices are indicated in Euro’s or US dollars. If you want to pay in SRD’s, always ask for the daily rate. Most stores use a different rate than the official daily rate. Also for tours you can simply pay in SRD’s even if the price is stated in Euro’s or US dollars. In Paramaribo you can withdraw money with your debit card at the cash dispensers with the Cirrus or Maestro logos on it. Credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels.
 

Tourists take Euro’s or US dollars to Surinam and then exchange at banks or cambio's. It pays to have a look around at the banks or cambio's what the current price is. The current course will not differ greatly but there may be a few tenths difference. There are banks and cambio's inside and outside Paramaribo. If you go inland, take SRD’s with you. Opportunities to pin or exchange money is almost impossible in the interior.
 

 

ADVICE: DO NOT CHANGE MONEY ON THE STREET.

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