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Do india accept Us Dollars or is the post office lying to me

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1. Posted by jlwebster (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi,
I recently ordered some indian money , only for the post office to call me up and say that they don't do indian money anymore and said to get US dollars! does anyone know if this is true or are they lying to get rid of some US dollars they have left over?

any help would be great
Thanks

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3. Posted by tessa5 (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Are you in India or in the UK at the moment? You can't get Indian rupees outside of India and you are not supposed to carry them into the country. US dollars or pounds are definitely the best way to go - especially US dollars - the Indian's will always change US dollars and give you a better rate for them. Take travellers cheques in US dollars from American Express or Thomas Cook. It is really easy to find places to change in India and they are sometimes willing to up the exchange rate for US dolalrs - although only by about 10-20 rupees.

Hope this helps!

4. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

No need to get indian rupees in advance prior to your arrival in India.

You can get your money converted into indian rupees at the banks or money changer located at the airport soon after your landing.

5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Depending on your bank card, I'm also assuming you'd be able to use it in India and take rupees directly out of the ATM's there.

6. Posted by Twinkle (Respected Member 1112 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Yeah I was just reading up on this and the lonely planet says its illegal to take Indian Rupees into or out of India... Ive decided Im just going to take travellers cheques and my bank card but whats the situation on taking ones in pounds sterling, i think the exchange rate is pretty good for us here in the UK???Whats happens right...everytime I come back from the travels I find loads of random coins kicking about in my bag, in pockets and stuff...so what happens when i come back from India, im bound to have a couple lurking in there...am I being illegal?!?!?

7. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Twinkle

Ive decided Im just going to take travellers cheques and my bank card but whats the situation on taking ones in pounds sterling, i think the exchange rate is pretty good for us here in the UK???Whats happens right...everytime I come back from the travels I find loads of random coins kicking about in my bag, in pockets and stuff...so what happens when i come back from India, im bound to have a couple lurking in there...am I being illegal?!?!?

You won't get death penalty in India when smuggling some one rupee coins. You'd best give your coins to a beggar before catching the plane.

8. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Twinkle,

It is NOT illegal to take indian coins out of india.You can do so if you like.

9. Posted by Twinkle (Respected Member 1112 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks!!!I had visions of myself being seized as I wander through customs with a stray coin in my bag!