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Effective January 1, 2002, Euro bank notes (paper money) and coins became available for
general use. On March 1, 2002, the Euro officially replaced the present currencies as legal
The 15 countries converted Cyprus Malta
to the Euro are: France Netherlands
Germany Republic of Ireland
The Czech Republic Romania
Countries keeping their Denmark Scotland
own currencies are: England Slovakia
Northern Ireland Switzerland
Merchants in these countries may be willing to accept
Euro but it is not wise to plan on it.
If you would like to monitor exchange
rates, they are listed in The Wall
Street Journal and other major Should you take
You can also get them from banks checks, ATM and/or
and on numerous Internet web credit cards?
Information on the
reverse side will
help you decide.
It is a good idea to obtain small amounts of Euro (and any
other currencies you need) before you leave on tour, so you can
familiarize yourself with the currencies you will be using. This also
gives you available cash for incidental expenses when you arrive.
You can check our website at www.wittetravel.com for information
on ordering foreign currency, or your bank may be able to order it
ATM machines are becoming more Credit cards reduce
prevalent in Europe, both in large urban areas the need to carry as much cash. Major credit
and in smaller cities and towns. ATMs are cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express
usually the least expensive and most efficient and Diners Club are widely accepted in Europe. Just
way to obtain cash as you travel. Whatever as in the U.S., not all stores or restaurants accept
country you are in, the ATMs will dispense that credit cards and some stores accept them only for
country’s currency at that day’s rate of purchases above a certain amount.
We recommend that you use your credit card
Traveler’s checks are still a safe way to whenever possible when traveling in Eastern
carry funds, but the cost to convert them into Europe—the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and
foreign currency at banks and exchange offices Slovakia. A minimum purchase may apply. This
is quite high. Also, many stores will not accept reduces the need for local currencies. If you do need
traveler’s checks. cash, obtain only small amounts since these
currencies are usually not accepted for exchange with
other currencies. Be sure to advise your credit card
companies you will be using your credit card outside
of the United States.
You may find it convenient to bring a small supply of American money for use at U.S.
airports. U.S. currency is also sometimes accepted at foreign airports. The fee for converting
U.S. currency at banks and exchange offices in Europe is often as high as for traveler’s checks.
Exchange facilities for traveler’s checks and U.S. currency are available at most airports and
banks. Never purchase currency from someone who approaches you on the street.
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