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ATMs/Traveller's Cheques in Nepal

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1. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 9y

Everywhere I go I normally just take my ATM card (which works on Cirrus and Plus) for money, but I've heard in Nepal that ATMs don't work on the Cirrus and Plus network. Is this correct? If so what is the best alternative?

I'll be there for over three weeks so ideally I don't want to take all my money in cash, so are there plenty of places in Kathmandhu where you can change traveller's cheques?

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

In 2003 I travelled with travellercheques trough Nepal. I never faced any problems when cashing cheques.

3. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 9y

Cheers. I'm not to genned up on traveller's cheques so this may sound like a stupid question but are there different types of traveller's cheques, i.e. American Express, Visa, Barclays, etc, and if so what are the best type to get?

I'm not too sure how traveller's cheques work exactly so any advice, however obvious, will be appreciated.

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Hi. I think dollar travellers cheques are to exchange everywhere. There are two main brands. Thomas Cook and American express. Respectively from Europe and USA. I took the American express, always good but Thomas Cook is also widely accepted, especially since the Euro.

A traveller cheque is easy to cash. Just go to money exchange agency or bank, basically you just change the cheque for cash. You have cheques in different denominations. Usually the 100 dollar (or euro) denominations give the best exchange rate.

It is safe to use cheques if you can't use your debitcard. If you loose or got stolen some cheques then you will get new ones. You have to put your signature on every cheque in order to ensure the cheque. You pay like 2% for every cheque on insurance.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 9, 2007, at 10:12 AM by wouterrr ]

5. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 9y

I used my ATM card in Nepal. I have a Nationwide flexaccount card that uses LINK/VISA. I seem to recall there were numerous ATM machines in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

6. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting daveh

I used my ATM card in Nepal. I have a Nationwide flexaccount card that uses LINK/VISA. I seem to recall there were numerous ATM machines in Kathmandu and Pokhara.

Then its easy...just take your debit/credit card to Nepal. Much easier. In fact I last saw a travellers cheque in the museum.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 9, 2007, at 11:32 AM by wouterrr ]