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ATM rates v black market? KAZ/TAJ/KYR

Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 11:14 am
by wombat
Hi.
I understand that for Uzbekistan, best option is to change US$ cash on black-market, and only a fool withdraws local currency from an ATM.
What about Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan and Krygyzstan? I will be carrying US$ cash, but would like to use ATMs some of the time. So, in which of these countries is there no real difference between the black market rate and the bank/official rate of exchange? Is Uzbekistan the only place where it is inadvisable to make local cash withdrawls?
Thanks.

Re: ATM rates v black market? KAZ/TAJ/KYR

Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 3:26 pm
by steven
Yea, Uzbekistan only. There is a difference in Tajikistan as well, but it is much smaller. Kazakh and Kyrgyz do not have a black market.

Re: ATM rates v black market? KAZ/TAJ/KYR

Posted: Mon Jun 06, 2016 5:39 pm
by bwv812
You can get US dollars at a few ATMs in Uzbekistan (which seem to be out of $ with some frequency), and at a lot of/most ATMs in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Re: ATM rates v black market? KAZ/TAJ/KYR

Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:16 am
by wombat
thanks

Re: ATM rates v black market? KAZ/TAJ/KYR

Posted: Tue Jun 07, 2016 4:18 am
by Xander
FWIW, I've recently been in e-mail correspondence with the owner of the Green House hostel in Dushanbe and he said that there isn't really a black market anymore in Tajikistan, the rate is now at its it's true value.

Re: ATM rates v black market? KAZ/TAJ/KYR

Posted: Wed Jun 08, 2016 2:25 pm
by steven
Thanks!