US Dollars in Tanzania

Dec 6th, 2005, 01:53 AM
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US Dollars in Tanzania

Is it true that only dollars bearing certain dates are accepted in Tanzania. I have notes dated from 1996 through 2001 - will these be o.k?
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Dec 6th, 2005, 05:11 AM
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The date thing has more to do with the fact that currencies in many African countries loose value rather quickly... locals, therefore, feel this is the case with USD. We know that isn't so... though we are quite aware the purchase value at home has decreased.

So the recommendation that the bills be dated within the past few years. Also, these bills should be with the newer faces (except the $1s) and the tri-color ($20s). Should be relatively new (not necessarily freshly printed); no tears, creases, scotch tape, washed in your jeans.

Easy enough to have your bank replace the older bills for more current dates.
Dec 6th, 2005, 05:22 AM
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I was told (by lodge operator) to bring "big head" currency! [those are the newer ones]
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Dec 6th, 2005, 05:26 AM
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ooops, right bat!

But we've found they take the smaller faces... just as long as they're in good condition.

If more comfortable 50something, also get the larger face bills from the bank.
Dec 30th, 2005, 12:11 PM
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We are going in 2 days and my father who lives there and runs his own safari business told us only big heads to be safe. Also, no tears or creases. Unfortunately it really was difficult in our small pennsylvania town (pop:30,000)to get $8,000 in 50s & 100s all big heads! Now that pain is over we are ready for FUN!
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Dec 30th, 2005, 02:11 PM
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2 days! Have a wonderful -and safe- trip!

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Dec 31st, 2005, 03:34 AM
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Thank you Cyn! I'm just packing now!!!! So excited get to see my brother (haven't seen him in 4 years!) and my 3 year old niece "Lily" (named for me)for the first time!!!! Photos and tele just aren't the same! Happy New Year All!
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Dec 31st, 2005, 07:41 AM
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Have a great trip!
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Dec 31st, 2005, 08:27 AM
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Safari njema, LilyLace!
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