How and where to change money in Tunisia
Operations in Tunisia are officially permitted only in local currency - "Tunisian dinar". Unlike Egypt or Turkey, it is illegal to pay anything in dollars or euros. The vast majority of tourists have to exchange currency for Tunisian dinars.
About the currency, we have already described in detail in the article " Money in Tunisia ", and now we will talk about the nuances of currency exchange.
Laws and currency control in Tunisia
All issues of regulation and currency exchange in Tunisia are defined by Laws 76-18 of January 21, 1976 and No. 94-41 of March 7, 1994. These documents are available in French on the official website of the Central Bank of Tunisia - http: //www.bct. gov.tn/. If there is a desire, you can read.
In Tunisia, very strict currency control, much stricter than in Russia. For example, citizens of the country do not have the right to exchange currency in any size. They are allowed to exchange only 3000 dinars a year for the purposes of overseas leave, for a child up to 10 years old, you can exchange 1500 dinars.
Tourists are faced with their limitations, which will be discussed in detail below.
The purpose of such strict control is to prevent the export of capital obtained illegally. Tunisian authorities want to prevent the withdrawal of money from the sale of drugs, smuggling and counterfeiting.
Where to change dollars and euros to dinars
The currency is changed in banks, exchange offices and post offices. Large hotels have their own exchange offices.
Every day, the Central Bank of Tunisia publishes an official exchange rate. This rate is used by all institutions, but the difference in the purchase price and the sale price may differ.
| Exchange rates for: January 24, 2013 |
1 Tunisian Dinar = 23.585 Russian Rubles
1 Tunisian Dinar = 0.419 US dollars
1 Tunisian Dinar = 0.338 euros
1 Russian ruble = 0.042 Tunisian dinars
1 American dollar = 2.389 Tunisian dinars
1 euro = 2.958 Tunisian dinars
The rule is simple! See the difference in purchase and sale prices. If it does not exceed 3%, change boldly, this is an adequate course. If more than 3%, then look for a more profitable exchanger.
For exchange at the bank or at the post office, you will need a passport. In the exchanger, the hotel will ask only the room number. If the hotel has no exchange office, then go to a nearby large hotel, exchange money for a passport. At the entrance to the hotel, say the word "exchejnj", the guard will skip and show the exchanger.
Exchange can also be found on the streets, look for the inscriptions "CHANGE" or "EXCHANGE". Look at the photo on the left, how it might look like.
It is worth noting the exchange offices in the airports of Tunisia, where the courses are quite acceptable. You can immediately change a few dinars to pay for a taxi , public transport or to buy drinks or snacks.
Attention! The exchange of money between private individuals in Tunisia is a criminal offense. Punishment - imprisonment for up to 3 years or a major fine. Do not change money "with hands".
Banks in Tunisia work on a short schedule. From 8-00 to 12-00, then break, and from 14-00 to 16-30. Of course, not all banks work exactly on this schedule, but this mode of operation can be called "typical" for Tunisian banks. Saturday and Sunday are the days off. In Ramadan, banks usually work from 8-00 to 11-30.
Exchange in hotels usually work from 9-00 to 18-00 without interruption and without days off.
Tunisian dinars are strictly prohibited from being exported from Tunisia and brought to Tunisia . The tourist must either spend all the dinars available on hand, or exchange them back to dollars or euros.
An important point! Be sure to keep all checks about currency exchange in Tunisia or checks for cash from ATMs. Make a reverse exchange is possible only when presenting a check on direct exchange. Look at the photo on the right, what this receipt looks like.
The maximum amount for the return exchange is 3000 Tunisian dinars per person.
We recommend that you be careful not to change large amounts at once. Change money as needed and in small quantities. If you want to make a large purchase, for example, carpet or jewelry, then prepare the money in a non-cash form.
All stores selling expensive goods accept plastic cards. If the jewelry store does not accept "plastic", then it itself should cause suspicion. Of course, when you pay with a card you will lose money on converting money, but the losses are small. Specify the exact amount of interest in the bank where you received the card.
In Tunisia, large stores accept Visa and MasterCard, the rest of the cards in Tunisia can not even be taken, especially the maps "MIR".
In cities there are ATMs where you can cash out money from plastic cards, but there are nuances. The first - on hands receive only Tunisian dinars. Secondly, fees are charged for the transfer of money, which you can specify in your bank. Third, Russian banks often block operations abroad, suspecting fraud. If you plan to withdraw money or pay by card, we recommend that you inform your bank about the foreign travel.
In Tunisia, it is better to take cash dollars or euros. So more profitable and potential problems less.
Exchange of large amounts
If you exchange in the bank an amount exceeding the equivalent of 5000 Tunisian dinars, the bank employee will require to present a stamp in the passport on declaring money at the customs. Be sure to declare large amounts when you enter the country.
Sending money Western Union
Some tourists use an interesting way to bring money to another country - this is to send money to yourself by express transfer. For this, Western Union service is best suited.
To receive money on Western Union in Tunisia it is possible at mail, in banks AMEN, Attijari, BIAT, UIB or UBCI. An important point - this money will not be automatically declared, as in the case of a bank transfer.
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