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Currency used in Bosnia?

Ottawa, Canada
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Currency used in Bosnia?

Could you please advise on the currency used in Bosnia.

Thank you.

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1. Re: Currency used in Bosnia?

It is BAM or Bosnian Convertible Mark, this is only official method of payment (legal tender). However at touristic spots locals tend to take other major currencies (EUR, USD, AUD, GBP, CAD)....1 Canadian Dollar equals

1.22 Bosnia-Herzegovina Convertible Mark

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2. Re: Currency used in Bosnia?

Thank you Philip.

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3. Re: Currency used in Bosnia?

In principle Eur is accepted only at the airport and motorway toll stations. In Sarajevo almost nowhere. Herzegovina at more places

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4. Re: Currency used in Bosnia?

Will be going to Bosnia next year, just wondered whether it is necessary to have some BAM with us. Otherwise if we were to pay in Euros, I believe our change would be in BAM. Any advice?

So if we are there for a week how much do you think each should have to cover our lunches?

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5. Re: Currency used in Bosnia?

Don't know how are you arriving, by the road or flying - in any chance, once you cross the Bosnian border, you SHOULD have some BAM, as Euros are accepted only accidentally and it's in principle illegal to use them.

So either exchange Euros to BAM while passing through Croatia or Serbia in some of their banks, or in the bank branch at the airport, or use some ATM with your debit/credit card.

Count on a simple meal in Bosnian fast food restaurants - cevabdzinica, serving kebabs - costing not more than 15 BAM per person. BTW inside Bosnia you will see KM (konvertibilna marka) written, BAM used only e.g. in the banks

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6. Re: Currency used in Bosnia?

Carry Bosnian Convertible Mark, and a no fee Credit Card for ATMs

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7. Re: Currency used in Bosnia?

Thanks for the info. We will be in Dubrovnik and Mostar for a fortnight before going to Bosnia. We will take note of that before we travel.

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8. Re: Currency used in Bosnia?

You will be able to get Bosnian Marks without a problem in Dubrovnik

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9. Re: Currency used in Bosnia?

Just be careful not to have alot of unused BAM as they are mostly wortheless outside Bosnia. They will be hard to exchange to noraml currencies in other countries.

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10. Re: Currency used in Bosnia?

Manuel talking nonsensens as usual...

Just one year after the Convertible Mark was put into circulation (i.e. in 1999), it was exchanged by Austrian, German, Swiss, Croatian and Hungarian banks.

One could find it's possible in Belgium too - https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g29… and the same applies to Italy, Holland etc

Even in the UK it's possible:

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Edited: 09 September 2018, 02:48
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