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Currency/currencies available at ATMs?

Postby tasmanlee » Thu May 09, 2019 6:24 am

Hi
Just wondering whether US dollars are dispensed at ATMs in Tashkent, Dushanbe and Bishkek, or whether it is the local currency in each country?

And, a second question: for paying for accommodation at hotels, are Visa credit cards better to use than a Visa pre-loaded Travel Card?

Many thanks!
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Re: Currency/currencies available at ATMs?

Postby steven » Thu May 09, 2019 6:49 am

1. https://caravanistan.com/money/

2. I never heard of a Visa pre-loaded card, so not sure on that one. Visa is available in big hotels in big cities.
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Re: Currency/currencies available at ATMs?

Postby tasmanlee » Fri May 10, 2019 4:30 am

Okay, thanks Steven.
Sorry, I somehow missed the page on money! I've now read it and it was most useful.
A Visa Travel Card is one where you have put money on the card and can withdraw it at an ATM or use it to pay for purchases (in some places, but not many in the Stans I imagine).
Thank you again.
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Re: Currency/currencies available at ATMs?

Postby InnaS » Mon May 13, 2019 3:38 pm

I have not yet been successful to withdraw money from prepaid cards.

Prepaid cards work in hotels. Have not yet eaten in a fancy restaurant to pay with prepaid.

Visa debit worked for cash withdrawals (I took out USD), cheapest fee was the visa ATM Hyatt. I'd still bring everything in USD.

In Tashkent- Hyatt by far has the best working ATMs. Grand Mir and Uzbekistan were out of order. In Uzbekistan MasterCard one is hidden in a cafe.
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Re: Currency/currencies available at ATMs?

Postby SONeill » Sun Jun 09, 2019 5:40 pm

Just left Uzbekistan today after a 2week stay, now in Kyrgyzstan for another 2weeks.

Firstly in Uzbekistan visa is the card to have, mastercard for is not accepted at most atms and and only several banks. Asaka bank and orient finans, the bank will first charge your charge in us dollar then exchange to som (the exchange fee is minimal, less than 1% from memory)

Grand mir hotel in tashkent has a atm that accepts Mastercard as mention..... but it had no cash, not sure if this is a common theme.

Regarding pre paid cards, we are using a starling card which is a prepaid online bank account card, has worked perfectly so far.

Hope this helped.
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