We're off to Bulgaria later and have asked at our Cyprus banks for B. Levs but have been told we can only do this over there. I see that the post office & Thomas Cook both offer this service in the UK so it seems that it's not an -ex Eastern Bloc restriction.
Anybody know where I can swap euros for levs in Cyprus, please?
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Travel experts usually advise that you take euros, dollars (or in the past. Sterling)- depending on where you live/are starting your journey - and change the absolute minimum at the airport (enough to get you to your hotel for example).
Taxi drivers and shops etc. only want to accept Lev.
As far as I know, the Lev is still pegged to the euro, so I'd guess taking euros is your best bet.
Then look for good rates in the exchanges etc there.
And exchange houses, I understand, are still banned by law from charging commission.
This has puzzled me for some time to be honest - having worked in the banking industry in the uk for 35 years, I am surprised that over here you cannot go into your bank and purchase different currencies via a "Bureau De Change" like in the uk.......I have a sterling account over here which I was advised to open when I purchased my first property - which I have never had a need to use - however when I was going back to the uk a couple of years back I went into the bank to close this account and asked for sterling to take back with me, only to be told that it wasn't possible....very strange to say the least..... they must hold sterling deposits that people pay in, so why a problem......or is it just a case that this is "Cyprus".....
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