Destination Currency Guides

All the information you need to ensure your travel money goes further


The beautiful island of Borneo is shared by three countries; Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei – so the required currency in Borneo is all dependent on which part you are staying in. Below is a summary of popular tourist destinations in Borneo and the currency used in that area. If you are unsure what currency you need, contact us to speak with a travel money specialist – and if we don’t know, we will certainly find out for you.

Place in BorneoCurrency Used
Sarawak Malaysian Ringgit
Kuching Malaysian Ringgit
Kalimantan Indonesian Rupiah
Tarakan Indonesian Rupiah
Sabah Malaysian Ringgit
Pontianak Indonesian Rupiah


You can purchase both Malaysian Ringgit and Indonesian Rupiah cash online at great rates before you depart:

  • Notes in a range of denominations
  • Pre-order online, contact us to make a reservation or visit us in-store

Pre-organising currency for Borneo

It is handy to have local currency in Borneo, so that you do not have to waste time searching for an exchange kiosk when you arrive. In popular tourist areas ATM access is rarely a problem but may be costly depending on your bank, so having local cash on hand can save you money on ATM withdrawal fees and:

  • be handy for small purchases such as something to eat or drink when you are on a tour
  • give you an alternative method of payment in the event you are unable to pay with a card or you are charged an additional fee to pay with a card
  • give you access to money in the event an ATM does not accept your card or is out of order

ATM access 

For peace of mind that you will have ATM access in Borneo, you can search here for a guide* to ATM’s available in your location. Your hotel is also a good source of information as to whether or not you will be caught without an ATM.

Using your credit or debit card

Before you head off, if you are planning to take your debit card with you it is important to make sure that your card will work overseas. Look on the front and back of your card and make sure that there is a Visa, Mastercard or American Express symbol on the card. If there are none of these symbols, there may be a Maestro or Cirrus logo – these cards will only work at ATM’s that display the Cirrus or Maestro logo. Remember to check in with your bank to make sure that you are fully aware of the fees you will be charged to make purchases or to withdraw money from an ATM in Borneo. Click here to see common credit/debit card fees and charges before you speak with your bank. Always prepare for the event that your card is lost, stolen or skimmed by having an emergency contact number readily available. What options are available to you if you are unable to use your bank card when you are in Borneo? You can avoid the disaster of having no access to cash by considering a travel card that gives you a free back-up card in the case of an emergency. Read more about how a travel card can give you an account that is not linked to your personal bank accounts, plus access to 24/7 phone support and emergency cash in as little as 20 minutes.

A last minute exchange means last minute poor prices

– don’t waste money on poor exchange rates and buy currency for Borneo online now for pick up in Perth before you depart

  • Pre-order online, contact us to make a reservation or visit us in-store
  • Check the Borneo currency reference table at the top of the page to see which currency you need



We endeavour to provide you with the most accurate and up-to-date information for your destination. This information should be used as a guide only and does not constitute personal advice. Please refer to the relevant product disclosure statement before making the decision to purchase any product offered by Exchange Now. Consider your own circumstances before making a decision on how you will take your money with you overseas.

*Card payment surcharges apply to certain transactions online and in-store. Exchange Now have free payment options available to you, please click here to read all applicable card payment surcharges.

*You will be redirected to the Mastercard ATM Locator and the information displayed is not published or guaranteed by Exchange Now. The ATM locations have been provided to Mastercard by the relevant institutions and are subject to change.

Country Malaysia/Indonesia
Capital City Kuala Lumpur/Jakarta
Official Currency Ringgit/Rupiah
Smallest Note -
Largest Note -
Cash Available to Purchase Yes