Tips on exchanging money
Tips on exchanging money Santiago Reviews
Tips on exchanging money BEFORE you leave your home country May 13, 2012
This is important to know in advance if you need to pay a reciprocity fee when entering Santiago at the airport. Before leaving the US or specific countries (you will have to look up and see if you are one of 5 or 6 countries listed as needing to pay reciprocity fee), you need to visit your bank. Don't just take your money out of the ATM because at the airport, as well as some banks and exchange houses, they may not take money with the following issues:
1. Ink or other markings on the bill (marker, writing in pen, etc).
2. Any small rip or tear.
3. Any old bills and those without modern markings of authenticity.
Make sure you get nice, crisp, new bills from your bank. The airport in Santiago or other institutions will examine each nook and corner of the bill and will easily give you back a bill they don't like and ask you for another. There isn't a hug problem with false money and I imagine they would like to keep it that way. Chilean authorities do not joke about money and want to make sure you have the real maccoy. Be prepared and it will help you enjoy your trip.
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