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Currency for Tunisia

edited August 2010 in - North Africa
When travelling to Tunisia from the UK, what currency should we take? Travellers cheques, sterling, dinars?


  • edited August 2010
    You will not be able to get Dinars (TND) outside of Tunisia as it is a "closed currency" meaning it cannot be traded outside of that country.
    There have been instances where travel companies (TC, Thomson) have offered closed currencies but at very poor exchange rates (currently approx 2.3TND to 1GBP) so better to wait until you get to the airport where there should be a Bureau de Change and maybe an ATM.
    You should take Sterling in very good condition (no tears or ink marks) and only current notes should be taken; not "Elgar" notes.
    Not sure about travellers cheques lately but in Morocco these are extremely difficult to trade. I usually take additional cash (Sterling) but only for emergencies.
    You can use ATM's to acquire cash, obviously only Tunisian currency will be dispensed but do notify your card issuer that you may use the card there as it may be blocked otherwise if they suspect fraudulent activity.
  • edited 4:08AM
    Whoops! what happened to my inverted commas on closed currency and Elgar?
  • edited 4:08AM
    Mary - John's advice is correct, but to be honest with you travellers cheques are a problem here. they are difficult to exchange and can only be done at the larger banks. You can use ATM but be aware of the fees that your bank may charge for this transfer. My advice is to bring either Euro or Sterling and change here. For the most part the ex rate is fixed so you will get the same whether you change in a bank, hotel, post office etc. There are 2 ATM in the airport at Tunis and quite a few banks along with an Amex exchange bureau. So, you have lots of options.
  • edited 4:08AM

    In Tunisia, You use dinars or credit card.
    the most banks in Tunisia change money To Tunisian dinars and also in the airport upon your arrival.
    You are welcome
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  • edited 4:08AM
    Hi Lesly, had some problems getting back onto the forum, but it ok now, email is [email protected] would love some Aussie support.
  • edited 4:08AM
    Hey plaidiegirl - I got your email and I have just sent you a reply.
  • edited 4:08AM

    I was recently supposed to be travelling to Turkey but my holiday was cancelled - Holidays 4 U farce. Unfortunatley, I'd already changed my cash into turkish lira.
    I have now booked to go to Tunisia - does anyone know if I can change my Turkish Lira into Tunisian Dinar when I get there?
  • edited 4:08AM
    Hi i have also been let down by holidays 4 u and have also booked tunisia last minute!
    We exchanged our currency back into sterling and they didnt charge any commission due to the circumstances with m and s they were brilliant and apparently sterling is liked in tunisia !
    Hope u have a great holiday like us feeling very let down.
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