How and where to change money in Tunisia
In Tunisia, operational operations are officially allowed only in the local currency "Tunisian Dinar". Hotels are allowed to accept to pay for currency. Some shops and restaurants take dollars and euros despite the ban. But after all, the overwhelming majority of tourists have to exchange euros and dollars on Tunisian dinars.
All the nuances of currency exchange let us talk in detail in this article. All figures were updated in March 2020. We already told about the currency in detail in the article "Money in Tunisia".
Laws and currency control in Tunisia
All issues of regulation and currency exchange in Tunisia are determined by laws No. 76-18 of January 21, 1976 and No. 94-41 of March 7, 1994. These documents in French are available 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 more stricter than in Russia. For example, citizens of the country do not have the right to exchange currency in any sizes. They are allowed to exchange only 3,000 dinars per year for foreign holidays, 1,500 dinars can be exchanged for a child under 10 years old.
Tourists are faced with their limitations that we will tell in detail below.
The purpose of such a strict control is to prevent the export of capital obtained by illegal. Tunisian authorities want to prevent the conclusion from the country of money from the sale of narcotic drugs, smuggling and counterfeit.
Where to change dollars and euros on dinars
Currency is changed in banks, exchange offices and in post offices. In large hotels there are our own exchange offices.
Every day, the Central Bank of Tunisia publishes the official exchange rate. This course is used by all institutions, but the difference in the purchase price and selling prices may differ.
1 Tunisian dinar = 26.525 our rubles
1 Tunisian dinar = 0.358 American dollars
1 Tunisian dinar = 0.303 Euro
1 our ruble = 0.038 Tunisian dinars
1 American dollar = 2.793 Tunisian dinars
1 euro = 3.297 Tunisian dinars
Rule simple! See the price difference of purchases and sales. 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 sharing in a bank or in the mail will require a passport. In the exchanger at the hotel only the room will be asked. If there is no exchange office at the stay, then go to the next large hotel, exchange money by passport. At the entrance to the hotel, tell the word "excumbrge", the security will miss and show the exchanger.
Exchangers can be found on the streets, look for the inscriptions "Change" or "Exchange". Look at the photo on the left, as it may look.
It is worth noting exchange points at Tunisia airports, where the courses are quite acceptable. You can immediately change a little dinars to pay for a taxi, public transport or buy drinks or snack.
Attention! The exchange of money between individuals in Tunisia is a criminal offense. Punishment – imprisonment for up to 3 years or a major fine. Do not change the 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 precisely on such a schedule, but this mode of operation can be called "typical" for Tunisian banks. Saturday and Sunday – weekends. In Ramadan, banks usually work from 8-00 to 11-30.
Exchangers in hotels are usually operating from 9-00 to 18-00 without a break and seven days a week.
Tunisian dinars are strictly forbidden to export from Tunisia and imported to Tunisia. Tourist should either spend all the dinar on hand, or exchange them back to dollars or euros.
Important moment! Be sure to keep all currency exchange checks in Tunisia or checks about cash from ATMs. You can make the inverse exchange only upon presentation of a direct exchange check. Look in the photo on the right, how such a receipt looks like.
Maximum amount for reverse exchange – 3000 Tunisian dinars per person.
We recommend to be careful not to change large amounts immediately. Change money as needed in small quantities. If you want to make a large purchase, for example, carpet or jewelry, then prepare money in cashless form.
All stores selling expensive goods take plastic cards. If the jewelry store does not accept "plastic", he himself should cause suspicion. Of course, when paying the map you lose on the conversion of money, but the losses are small. Specify the exact amount of interest in the bank where they received the map.
In Tunisia, large shops accept Visa and MasterCard cards, the rest of the cards in Tunisia can not even take, especially the world map.
There are ATMs in the cities where you can cash money from plastic cards, but there are nuances. First – only Tunisian dinars. Second – the transfer of money is charged commissions that clarify in your bank. Third – our banks often block operations abroad, suspecting fraud. If you plan to remove money or pay the card, we recommend informing your bank.
In Tunisia, it is better to take cash dollars or euros. So more profitable and potential problems less.
Exchange of large sums
If you exchange the amount in the bank exceeding the equivalent of 5000 Tunisian dinars, then the Bank’s employee will require a stamp in a passport about the declaration of money at customs. Be sure to declare large sums at the entrance to the country. Read the details in our article "What can and can not be imported into Tunisia".
Sending money Western Union
Some tourists enjoy an interesting way to bring money to another country – to send money to itself by express translation. To do this, the Western Union service will be best.
You can get money on Western Union in Tunisia by mail, in the banks of AMEN, ATTIJARI, BIAT, UIB or UBCI. Important moment – this money will not be automatically declared, as in the case of bank transfer.
It’s important to know
– We told about where and how to change currency. But they did not say how much money will need to current expenses. About this read our detailed article "How much money to take in Tunisia";
– Further, in the course of reading our article, you will need to translate amounts from dinars to rubles or dollars, then use our convenient Calculator of Tunisian Dinar;
– What exactly tourists love to buy for exchange dinars? Read our article "16 best gifts from Tunisia".
Successful communication with Tunisian money, and read on our website JJ-Tours.RU useful reviews about rest in this country (Links below).
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