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Dollars in South America

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1. Posted by dublin32 (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

Hi people, i'm goin rtw in November, starting with South America and was wondering if Dollars work out better than the local currency in say Argentina or Brazil.

Also, how long does it take in general to get an Australian working holiday visa? Thanks

2. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Local currency is best, but having a spare supply of $US is handy as not all ATM's in Brazil or Argentina liked to except foreign cards so you might have to resort to that supply to change at an exchange place.

As for the question on the Australian visa, as I'm a citizen I've never had to get a visa but having read a lot of posts on this forum about it, the processing time can vary but usually not more than a few days for a WHV. Check this link out That is for a post that is only a couple of pages back on the Australian section of this forum and the more pages you browse through you'll find many more of the exact same question. Someone on that post says it only took them two hours to be approved, but I've read other posts that have been worrying about not receiving it after 3 or 4 days but that worry was short lived.

3. Posted by dublin32 (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

Thanks aharrold, there seams to be no big panic about the visa, so i still have plenty of time

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

They just love US$ down there, so you will usually find they are accepted in most places. It works out better for you though if you pay in the local currency usually. Everything will be just rounded up in dollars. If you pay in the local currency you'll get your change.

Plus, there's nothing that screams Big Rich Tourist like a fat wad of USD.

Check out for the visa. You can do it online in real-time with an agent and be issued with your VISA asap.


5. Posted by dublin32 (Budding Member 15 posts) 9y

Cheers samsara, so u reckon i should get individual currencies for say, argentina, brazil, chile and peru or could i take dollars and change them into these currencies when i get to the country in question.

6. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 9y

Take your dollars and change them at the borders or just before you enter each country. Better yet, avoid carrying lots of dollars. Just bring your ATM cards/Credit cards and extract money as you go. I used to take out some dollars and some local currency from the ATM each time I used it. :)