Whether it’s for taxi fares, tips or small purchases as you go about your journey, it’s always a good idea to have the right currency with you as you travel. Come to Absa to get foreign banknotes for your next trip.

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Get cash for your trip

Planning a trip overseas? We can get you banknotes in most foreign currencies.

Safety tip

Always ensure that any money you carry is kept as close to your body as possible when you travel.

Exchange foreign banknotes

When you return from your trip, we’ll gladly exchange any unused foreign currency for you.

  • Benefits of foreign banknotes

    • Cash is the  most accepted form of payment anywhere
    • We offer all major currencies
    • Choose from a selection of denominations suited to your individual travel needs
    • Cash for the smaller items on your trip
  • What you need to apply

    • Valid ID
    • Passport
    • Air ticket or eTicket in your name

    If you are travelling to countries that are not in the common monetary area, you will need to provide your ID and your vehicle’s registration certificate.

  • What you need to know

    • Foreign currency for travel purposes may not be bought more than 60 days prior to your departure.
    • When you return from your trip, any unused currency must be re-sold and this can be done at an Absa foreign exchange branch.
    • Only carry small denominations of notes with you so as not to attract attention when paying.
    • Don’t buy currency on the black market — it is illegal in most countries.
    • Always check your change and keep an eye out for counterfeit notes.
    • If you deal with ‘soft’ currencies (like those in some Eastern European and most African countries), remember that bank notes will be difficult to exchange outside that country. Rather spend the cash, or convert it to a major currency like the US dollar before you depart.

    Want to find out more? Read about banking security while travelling internationally.

Need more help?

Let one of our consultants assist you.

Call us on:

0860 151 151

International callers:

+27 (0) 11 335 4019

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