a VirtualTourist member from Paisley asked on Jul 12, 2007
Is Georgian Lari a 'closed' currency ? Cannot seem to get it from the Psot office or the Bank of Scotland.
Appreciate any ideas peeps - not going til mid October
I am not exactly sure what you mean by closed currency but you'll have no problems buying and selling it in Tbilisi. I needed few dollars in Tbilisi and I had no problems using my Laris to purchase dollars. Money exchange shops are every where in Tbilisi. You can find ATM almost every where in the City and If memory serve me you can even withdraw Dollars from some of these machines.
i have never been to a town with more exchange offices than tblisi, so don't worry about getting your money changed once you are there.
'Closed currency' is a term I l only came across myself for the first time in Ukraine last October, with their Hrivnya. Means you cannot purchase local currency before you go (and are not supposed to take the currency out of the country either). I realize £ Euro and rouble are all reasonable to bring in but hope to source some Lari before I go. So far not happening for me I'm afraid!
I got into Georgia by train. I had no laris at all but in the Train station there was 4 exchange shops and Bank of Georgia ATM. I assume you'll find an ATM in the Airport but I don't know that for sure. I always used my ATM card from various bank and had no difficulties. I used an Exchange shop only once to convert my Laris to Dollars.
Hi Paul, I work for the Royal Bank of Scotland and have just phoned out Travel Money guys. They tell me that Georgian Lari is a closed currency. They recommend taking US$ but making sure the notes are in good or mint condition.
There is no need to bring cash at all. Bring your ATM card and you will be fine. Georgia's currency is not convertible outside the country, but that is not a problem since there are ATMs everywhere.