Banks & Money Info
You cannot export Tunisian currency, and for that reason your bank cannot order any for you to take with you.
Most tourists arrive with no currency - it's easy enough to obtain it, most hotels and shops have ATM machines.
The exchange rate is fixed by the Government, and you will be offered that rate at the airport and at your hotel. You may find it better to exchange some currency at these locations rather than use ATMs.
Nearly all banks and credit cards place huge surcharges on overseas transactions.
Again, note that it is illegal to take ANY Tunisian currency out of the country. You must change back ALL currency, including coins, when you leave. You can still make purchases at the inside shops and cafes, since they take a range of non-Tunisian currencies, notably Euro, GBP and USD.
The Tunisian authorities have the right to search your baggage and spot-searches are common.They really do mean it - NO currency is to be exported.
Before leaving the country you should contact your bank and let them know where you're going to and for how long, otherwise you could have your card(s) blocked due to irregular spending patterns. However, a lot of banks just ignore this, so make sure you've got your bank's telephone number written down - you may need it!
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