Turkmen manat black market exchange rates

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Re: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates

Postby wanderlust2 » Tue Jul 23, 2019 11:26 am

Heard from travelers who came through Turkmenistan week of July 15, 2019.
Current rate in black market is 1 USD = 17 TMT
Rate in hotel desk is 1 USD = 14-15 TMT
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Re: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates

Postby nabeelfarid » Wed Jul 31, 2019 8:03 am

Just wondering if it is easy to exchange Manat to Uzbek SOM at Farab border before or after crossing into uzbekistan ? What is the rate ?
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Re: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates

Postby steenaa54 » Wed Jul 31, 2019 9:14 am

I have read somewhere that USD 100 note have to be the 2009 serie (looks blue) and not earlier series to be accepted in Turkmenistan. Can anyone confirm that this is the case (also when you change in black market). I have "brand" new USD, but 2006 serie
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Re: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates

Postby Bethany » Wed Aug 14, 2019 1:23 pm

We were able to get rate of 17.6 last week in Dashoguz, though we had been told by a guide we had met that the prevailing rate has dipped slightly from 18 to 17. In Ashgabat we only changed small amountd at 17 but could have got 17.5 if were changing a higher value.
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Re: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates

Postby wouterjdv » Tue Oct 01, 2019 3:27 am

We got 16 in the town Dashoguz, were dependent of one trader though, our taxi driver gave us the feeling we had no other choice. In hindsight we should have asked around at the bazar more.

In Ashgabad we got 17 manat per usd. Helped out by friendly locals. It depends on the amount that you change what the rate will be. In the best case scenario you'll get 18, but 17 isn't bad (according to the local who helped us).

Be aware that some money exchangers near the Russian bazar in Ashgabad work together with the police, avoid them. Better go together with a local if possible.

Bottomline get 18, be happy with 17 and don't go lower than 16.
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Re: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates

Postby Bakhtiyark » Fri Oct 04, 2019 11:35 am

During "normal days" you might get a rate as good as 19.
However, If you're coming with an official delegation during some events or expos the hotel workers, taxi drivers and etc. will be extremely cautious and most likely will not offer you "exchange operation" right away.
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friederike0509
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Re: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates

Postby friederike0509 » Tue Oct 08, 2019 6:49 pm

We got 18 at Turkmenabat Bazar beginning of October.
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Re: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates

Postby ET_ » Thu Oct 10, 2019 5:26 pm

Rate seems to be 17 at the moment (10 Oct)

There is some big CIS head of government meeting in town so our hotel (swarming with secret service types and dignitaries) would only offer us the offical rate.
The aforementioned ‘iPhone’ shop in the Russian Bazaar was easy to find and efficient, offering me 17 for my $100 bill.
Other managed to get a rate of 15 with our tour bus driver
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Re: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates

Postby elsacados » Fri Oct 11, 2019 6:20 pm

I went to the Russian bazar in Ashgabat and they offered 18 without negotiations for 10$ exchange. (06.10)
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Re: Turkmen manat black market exchange rates

Postby Bodhi.w » Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:12 am

We recently got 18.2 in the Russian bazaar while changing 50 usd. In Mary a shady guy near a bus stop accross the road from Mary Hotel first offered 15, then 16 per usd when changing 10 usd. Was happy enough with this as we just needed manat for food on our way to Uzbekistan
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