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Ink written notes - legit?

Singapore, Singapore
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Ink written notes - legit?

Am a first time traveller to Nepal and did my nepalese rupee exchange in Singapore. I got my notes with obvious writing in ink on them so I asked the money changer about it. He showed me all the notes he has and explained that it's the 'norm'. Is it really the norm? Would these notes still be legit with the recent law against writing on notes?

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1. Re: Ink written notes - legit?

It's not norm. But they are still legit.

The central bank is working on banning ink writing and stapling without success.

British Columbia...
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2. Re: Ink written notes - legit?

Very common to see writing on notes in Nepal.

On another topic, technically illegal to purchase Nepali rupees outside of Nepal and then bring them into Nepal (first time I've heard of a legal money changer outside of Nepal with rupees).

Sheffield, United...
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3. Re: Ink written notes - legit?

I am not aware of the new law and the notes earlier this year were just the same as always: plenty with writing on them (banks are the main culprit), holes from staples and many old notes in generally poor condition.

I would not attempt to use the NPR to pay for the visa...


Whangarei, New...
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4. Re: Ink written notes - legit?


As Nepali Rupees are not a convertible currency I'm surprised you could buy them in Singapore. You can't use them to pay for your visa on arrival and don't mention or show them while at the airport as they might be confiscated.


My Nepal Pages https://wanderingeric.org/category/nepal/

Singapore, Singapore
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5. Re: Ink written notes - legit?

Thanks for the info!

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