The Tunisian government tightly controls the Dinar, and importing or exporting Tunisian Dinars is a punishable crime. The easiest legal option is to travel with an internationally reputable currency, which must be declared to Tunisian customs upon arrival.
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The Tunisian government expects all visitors exchange currency at only authorised institutions. Receipts of all financial transactions must be kept, as authorities will want to examine them upon leaving the country. A visitor can only reconvert 30% of their original exchange into a different currency.
Automatic Teller Machines and Credit Cards
While in Tunisia, credit cards can be used in some stores and restaurants. Also, depending on a visitor's banking situation, Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) can convert withdrawal transactions into Tunisian Dinars. Depending on the two banks invovled, a separate funds conversion fee will likely apply. Again, all money withdrawn as Tunisian Dinars are subject to the same receipt requirement and 30% reconversion policy.
Banks, when exchanging travellers checks, will require to see your passport and a receipt for the check's original purchase. Post offices deal in cash exchanges only, and as stated above, receipts for all transactions must be kept.
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