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Euros vs dollars in central asia

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 8:48 am
by tcarlyle
Are euros accepted or changed in central asia (Kazahkstan, Kyrgistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) just like dollars?

I was wondering if bringing just euros should be enough or if I really should get some dollars as well.

Re: Euros vs dollars in central asia

Posted: Fri Jul 10, 2015 4:27 pm
by bwv812
Dollars are more useful pretty much everywhere, and are dispensed at many ATMs in Bishkek, Osh, and Dushanbe (don't remember Kazakhstan, as I only needed to get Tenge). The only place where obtaining hard currency will be a problem is in Uzbekistan, but you will be able to change Euros on the black market there. Hotels and guesthouses in particular will accept dollars directly in Uzbekistan, but in other countries you generally have to pay in local currency.

Re: Euros vs dollars in central asia

Posted: Sun Jul 12, 2015 4:09 pm
by steven
Dollars are better in Uzbekistan, you get the same rate for euros on the black market even though they are worth more.

Using Euros in Central Asia

Posted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 6:49 am
by edwardo123
Hi All,

1) We are off to the region at start of sept to spend a few months exploring by car. I have learnt from exploring this site that cash is king, but does anyone have any insight as to whether Euros would be ok, or is it necessary to carry dollars? I am European so would prefer not to have to deal with American exchange rate. Any advice on whether British pounds are acceptable would be great as well!

2) I have read that hotels in Uzbekistan only take foreign currency as payment according to new rules, but would that be USD only or would EUR be ok?

3) Also - are there many places to withdraw foreign currency in the region, or is it necessary to take it all with me?

A Brit :lol:

Re: Using Euros in Central Asia

Posted: Fri Jul 07, 2017 4:40 pm
by steven

Take dollars for Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Iran and Tajikistan. Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan do not have issues with money exchange, you can either take Euros or simply take money out of the wall.

I think I explained about dollars vs euros at and on the specific country pages.

Re: Using Euros in Central Asia

Posted: Tue Jul 25, 2017 1:25 pm
by Tiredanddehydrated
Using my Euros here in Iran no worries at all and the exchange rate is quite good. Keeping my US dollars for the other countries Steven mentions above.