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Foreign Exchange Guide to Somalia

Read this currency guide to Somalia with money transfer and travel tips.   [USD/SOS=581]

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Domestic Currency:
Somali Shilling
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This is a foreign exchange guide to Somalia, the Somali Shilling currency plus SOS transfers and travel tips.

In this Somalia currency guide we take a look at :

  1. Somali Shilling info - general info about the Somali Shilling
  2. Somali Shilling in the markets - recent SOS moves and predictions from the FX markets
  3. Travelling in Somalia - currency & money saving tips
  4. Buying Somali Shilling cash online - travel money for Somalia
  5. Sending money to Somalia - save on Somali Shilling bank transfers to Somalia
  6. Somali Shilling exchange rates - latest & historic exchange rates.

Somali Shilling (SOS) general currency information

What is the Somali Shilling currency code and symbol?

The three letter currency code for the Somali Shilling is SOS and the symbol is S.

Which countries use the Somali Shilling?

It is the domestic currency in Somalia.

Somali Shilling (SOS) in the markets

The interactive chart below shows the USD to SOS exchange rate for the previous 3 months with rate alerts for days when the exchange rate moved up or down significantly or for 30 day highs and lows.

USD-SOS 3 Month chart
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USDSOS currency converter

Travel, Currency and Money saving tips for Somalia


Travel money for Somalia


Save money and time by Ordering your Somali Shilling online from Travelex, you get better rates and can pick up the SOS cash locally or even on travel day at the airport.

Another popular option is to use a Pre-paid Travel Card. Your Debit/Credit Card provider will charge you 2% from market mid-rate, but your bank may also charge an extra 3% as an “Overseas Transaction Charge” plus “Overseas ATM” fees for withdrawing cash.

For card purchases if offered a choice of currencies always select to Pay in Somali Shilling otherwise you may get much worst exchange rates.


Somalia Trip Checklist    

  1. Compare SOS travel cash rates - probably why you are here!
  2. Lonely Planet - world's best travel guide (coupon and deals)

Sending money to Somalia

When searching around for information on how to get a good exchange rate when sending money to Somalia you need to start with finding out the latest Somali Shilling foreign-transfer exchange rate.

Then compare your bank's exchange rates to several licensed FX providers exchange rate and fees to see how much you can save (we make that calculation easy here).

Get a better deal for foreign transfers to Somalia

When sending money to Somalia it’s important to compare your bank’s rates & fees with those we have negotiated with our partner money transfer providers. To get a better deal you should follow these 4 simple steps :

  1. Open an account with a BER reviewed FX provider (id docs may be required)
  2. You specify the local or Somali Shilling amount you want to transfer
  3. Make a local currency domestic transfer for the requested amount to the provider's bank account in your country
  4. Once your funds are received by the provider the converted SOS amount will be transfered to the recipient account you specify in Somalia.

Use our Send to SOS calculator to compare the exchange rates of FX specialist providers rates versus your bank's standard rates you can hopefully save around 5% and maybe more - end result is more Somali Shilling deposited into the recipient bank account and less margins and fees kept by the banks!


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Popular SOS cross rates

SOS/USD - Somali Shilling to United States Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Dec 20180.0017291 Week
16 Nov 20180.0017261 Month
19 Jun 20180.0017476 Months
16 Dec 20170.0017231 Year
16 Dec 20160.0017532 Years
17 Dec 20130.0008675 Years
18 Dec 20080.00072810 Years

SOS/EUR - Somali Shilling to Euro - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Dec 20180.0015171 Week
16 Nov 20180.0015111 Month
19 Jun 20180.0015086 Months
16 Dec 20170.0014661 Year
16 Dec 20160.0016802 Years
17 Dec 20130.0006305 Years
18 Dec 20080.00050810 Years

SOS/GBP - Somali Shilling to British Pound Sterling - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Dec 20180.0013591 Week
16 Nov 20180.0013441 Month
19 Jun 20180.0013276 Months
16 Dec 20170.0012931 Year
16 Dec 20160.0014052 Years
17 Dec 20130.0005335 Years
18 Dec 20080.00048010 Years

SOS/JPY - Somali Shilling to Japanese Yen - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Dec 20180.19451 Week
16 Nov 20180.19471 Month
19 Jun 20180.19246 Months
16 Dec 20170.19401 Year
16 Dec 20160.20672 Years
17 Dec 20130.08915 Years
18 Dec 20080.064910 Years

SOS/AUD - Somali Shilling to Australian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Dec 20180.0024081 Week
16 Nov 20180.0023531 Month
19 Jun 20180.0023656 Months
16 Dec 20170.0022531 Year
16 Dec 20160.0023982 Years
17 Dec 20130.0009745 Years
18 Dec 20080.00104810 Years

SOS/CAD - Somali Shilling to Canadian Dollar - 10 Year History

DateExchange RatePeriod
09 Dec 20180.0023051 Week
16 Nov 20180.0022691 Month
19 Jun 20180.0023206 Months
16 Dec 20170.0022171 Year
16 Dec 20160.0023392 Years
17 Dec 20130.0009195 Years
18 Dec 20080.00087110 Years

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