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Hi All,

I'm travelling to Kenya this time next week and today I've just picked up my KS from the post office. Looking online everything seems to suggest they prefer USD instead? Can I still pay for my VISA, taxi's and things like bottled water with KS?

I'd hate to get there and find that I can't pay for anything and have to rely on a credit card!

Thanks in advance


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1. Re: Money!

Of course you can pay for (almost) everything in shillings it's the local currency. The only thing you can't pay for with Shillings is the visa. That has to be paid for in foreign currency, but you can pay for it with sterling, £30.

Many bigger businesses will accept Dollars but anywhere that will accept dollars will also accept Pounds or Euros but all at an exchange rate that favours them. As a Brit it would make no sense for you to waste money by buying Dollars.

You can always get more shillings by using your debit card at ATMs,a better deal than you will have had at the Post Office. You can also run a tab for drinks etc in most hotels, lodges, etc and pay with your credit card

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2. Re: Money!

USD or KSH will do. I believe that they prefer the USD for tourist Visa at airport, but Visa and interact accepted at most ATM's, so I would just use the bank machines to withdraw what is needed for the time until you can get back to a bank again, unless banking fees are an issue for you. (Doffcocker writing faster than me)

Edited: 07 July 2014, 15:24
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3. Re: Money!

Super! Thank you very much! That's certainly put my mind to rest! :)

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4. Re: Money!

If you are staying somewhere where there is a safe I would take english money and change it there - you get a much better rate :-)

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Agree with Doff. Don't bother with USD. Everything in Kenya (apart from duty free) is priced in Kenya Shillings. Some people suggest tipping in USD. Although locals will be grateful of the tip, they prefer being tipped in their own currency, as its easier to spend immediately.

The visa can be paid in £ without a problem.

As with previous posts, if you go again, change your cash in Kenya - far better rate than the Post Office will give you.

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6. Re: Money!

You can pay everything with Ksh and next time get your money out there you get a much better exchange rate.

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