Currency

Somaliland shilling (SISh); US dollars (US$)

Daily Costs

  • Budget hotel room: US$10
  • Local-style meal: US$2
  • 4WD hire per day: US$150
  • Police escort per day: US$20

Money

Most transactions can be conducted using US dollars, but if you want to change money, head to one of the Dahabshiil branches. You’ll also find plenty of foreign exchange stalls near the central market; you can’t miss them – they’re piled high with blocks of notes held together with elastic bands. Most hotels also change money and don’t take commission. Somaliland is a strictly cash economy – forget about travellers cheques and credit cards. One ATM had just been introduced at the time of research (in the same street as Oriental Hotel) but it didn’t accept foreign cards – check while you’re there. Money transfers from a number of countries are possible.