Notes are in denominations of BD 1, 5, 10, and
20. Also 500 fils.
Coins are in denominations of 5, 10, 25, 50 and
Credit & debit cards
Diners Club, American Express, Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted
in hotels, major stores and restaurants. Smaller shops may rather
deal in cash. Please check with your credit
or debit card issuer
for information on merchant acceptability or other services that
may be available.
Foreign tourists are advised to take traveller's cheques in United States
Dollars in order to avoid extra exchange rate charges.
Currency can be easily exchanged at the airport,
at most hotels and in banks and bureaux de change. The rates at
the bureaux de change are more preferential than at the airport
or at hotels. There are some ATM's in Manama that are connected
to international networks.
Exchange rate indicators
The following figures should be perceived as a guide to the movements
of the Dinar against the US Dollar and UK Pounds Sterling:
The import and export of local and foreign currency is unlimited.
Banks are open from Saturday to Wednesday 7.30
am to 12 noon and 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm, and Thursday from 7.30 am
to 11.00 am.
Government offices, businesses
and most other offices are closed on Fridays which are weekly holidays.