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The national currency of Tajikistan is Somoni – TJS.
In accordance with the Decree of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan dated 26 October 2000, # 415 putting into circulation of a national currency of the country from 30 October 2000 – “Somoni”, called in honour of the founder of the first centralized state of Tajiks Ismoil Somoni (849-907), has been announced. Thus, the paper currency with value of 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 Somoni and its small change with value of 1, 5, 20, 50 diram have been put into circulation.
1 somoni equals to 100 dirams (international denomination is TJS). Bank notes in circulation: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 TJS as well as 10, 20 and 50 dirams. Coins: 1, 3 and 5 somoni, also 5, 10, 20, 25 and 50 dirams. You can exchange foreign currency straight after arriving at the airport or in your hotel. Bank exchange offices function in all bank branches in the centre of the city and in the regions of the country. Use of credit cards and travelers cheques is possible in all international hotels and big trading centres in Dushanbe. ATMs are in all big trading centres, supermarkets and banks of big administrative centres and in some regional centres.
According to the Tajik law it is necessary to use the national currency Somoni for any transaction when buying goods and services or any other financial dealings. In Tajikistan it is not expected to leave tips but if you would like to reward good service then small change is appropriate. In shops, supermarkets, big trading centres prices on goods are fixed, however in the market and bazaars it is common to bargain.