Albanians love to consider money in old
HA tourist map of Europe is "White spot". There are few people in this country. And even few people (except international specialists) more or less clearly imagines that it is in this country now. This is Albania.
The last major news from here, which fell on the world press pages was the fall in the local communist regime in December 1990. Since then, Albania practically does not attract attention to foreign journalists and travelers. Meanwhile, this country is not at all devoid of natural and historical attractions. Her beaches on the Adriatic Sea with warmth remember those Russians, who were lucky enough to visit here in the first half of the 50s, at the time of Soviet-Albanian friendship. Albanian mountain landscapes will not be given to the famous Swiss or Austrian. Roman ruins and medieval cities museums resemble the gray-haired antiquity. If in search of an adventure or for some more serious affairs you decide to visit Albania, this "Changeable shop" It will be unfinished.
The monetary unit of Albania is called. The Official Lek Course last week was 113.31 for $ 1.
Albanian banknotes are produced with a denomination of 1, 3, 5, 10, 25, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 lek. There are coins worth less than 1 Lek, but the cost of them is so insignificant that the locals often just throw them.
The import of SLE in Albania is not limited. Export leopers abroad and import them back is prohibited. However, outside Albania, Leki may be of interest only to collectors: change them to another currency, even in border crossing countries, it is impossible.
The national currency is accepted in Albania everywhere. As a foreigner, you will often be called a price in dollars, but you can pay in layeks at the current exchange rate. Nevertheless, it is useful to have a certain number of small dollar bills, in which you can pay for anything in the private sector: from the hotel room to a taxi. By the way, in contrast to the neighboring Yugoslavia, where Dyucmarka prefer, in Albania, the allocated foreign currency is the dollar.
Credit cards in this country are not used. Travel checks can be credited in the departments of the State Bank (Banka E Shtytit Shqiptar), as well as in private banks. Travel checks of small denominations can be directly paid in large hotels, but cash and there is preferable. The vast majority of shops, restaurants, hotels and t.NS. In Albania, only cash takes.
Commission for cashing checks or cash exchange in banks usually 1%. Hike to the bank should be planned for the first half of the day. In Tirana – the capital of Albania – the branch of the State Bank open all the days of the week, except Saturday and Sunday, from 8.30 to 12.00. In the second largest Albanian city – Durres – Gosbank closes even earlier: it works here with 8.00 to 11.00. Private banks work a little longer. For example, BANKA E KURSIMEVE branches are open from 9.00 to 14.00, and Saturday for them is also a working day (but on Sundays and they rest).
In every Albanian city there is, so to speak, "informal" Foreign exchange market, usually on the street in front of the central post office or local department of Gosbank. Looks like "market" as a small crowd of people with pocket calculators in hands. In Tirana, it is located directly opposite the settlement of Gosbank on the central square Skanderbeg. In addition to "Khodiachikh" changed, there are several small kiosks
There are such markets in the open and the police are not pursued. According to the reviews of foreigners who visited Albania, operations in such markets are made relatively honestly, but the money does not interfere twice.
True, the exchange there is approximately the same courses that banks offer. Advantage "informal" Exchange is that you thus avoid banking commission, save time and you can make an exchange for aptural time when banks are closed. In addition, in contrast to banks, private changes are usually not refused to be furious foreign bills.
In 1964, monetary reform was carried out in Albania. The national currency was revalued at 10 times. Nevertheless, Albanians still often measure prices in old legs, and for a foreigner it can serve as a source of serious misunderstandings. For example, if you are told that a bus ticket costs 1000 lek, almost certainly meant in mind 100 new leek. Keep this in mind to not pay 10 times more real prices. But if the taxi driver with whom you are trading, evaluates its services in 1000 lek, then it is most likely, indeed, there is a 1000 new lecture.