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The blue rate is the street rate. You will be changing dollars on the street. So, yes, there is a risk involved. That said, it's a fairly small risk. Though technically perhaps not legal, street changers are so common and the exchanges are so public, you're likely not to run into problems. In Buenos Aires, go to the city's main shopping street, Florida. ...


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If all goes well, your emergency stash of currency stash of currency is a one off thing. It might even come home with you for use on some other trip, so the exchange rate shouldn't be all that big a deal. Stash some cash in one of your bags (separate from where you otherwise keep cash). Choose a major currency. In your case that's presumably Euro. I'm ...


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The best product for these types of transactions are those cards which do not have international transaction fees - it usually won't matter which bank or scheme it is covered by. However, you should note that because you're not travelling to the USA, that some MasterCard cards first convert foreign transactions to USD then to the transaction currency. This ...


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The answer is the same for when exchanging any 'home' currency (where you have a bank account) into the currency of the country you're visiting: Withdraw it from the ATM, with a debit card. As long as you withdraw reasonably large amounts (as a rough guideline, >$200), and you're using a bank that doesn't completely screw you over on their own fees, this ...


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Australian banks are notorious for giving horrendeous exchange rates - often 4% or more in their favour. Those "travel cards" aren't any better except maybe not have as many additional ATM fees. Your best bet - find someone who've just returned from Europe and buy their leftover Euros off them.


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I'm in Tbilisi for the past few days, so could check it here. I asked around in a few currency exchange places - and none of them accept foreign coins, lira or otherwise. One of the places suggested that TBC bank branches may be able to exchange coins, however I didn't manage to get to a bank. My advice would be to take the lira coins with you and head ...



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