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MAURITANIA - TRAVELLERS CHEQUES

Can one readily cash Euro travellers cheques Nouadhibou and Atar ?
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No probs , its the main industry in Nouadhibou , Im sure Attar is the same - two flights a week from France .
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It is possible in Atar as well. I cashed Visa USD ones, probably worth taking Amex USD ones as well because you will find in some places where they only take one of the two.
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NB. I'm sure EURO ones are fine as well.
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Thanks for the reply. Getting excited !! Hitting the road to Mauri ( from London ) in a few weeks !!
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Have fun, highly recommend Atar Tidjikja run, remember not to cash too much as the currency is not readily transferable. I've still got a bundle of notes I exited the country with.
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I had big problems changing dollar travellers cheques in NKT. Finally I met someone on the street willing to change. The rate was fair but it took me all day.

Enjoy, it's a great country.
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Hi,

My experience is that cashing traveller cheques in most African country's is ussualy a timeconsuming business. Especially in more remote area's where tourist are rare banks can be very reluctant to help you since there not used to the cheques.
In Mauritania I once used traveller cheques and it took me more than half a day in Nouakchott. The next time I took cash french francs and it took me 10 minutes....

I know taking lots of cash doesnt sound safe but it sure is the easiest and fastest way to change money anyware. So if you are in a bit of a hurry you better have cash with you.

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