Currency

Have gone back through forums and not seen topic of currency exchange addressed. Should we exchange US for Israeli and Jordanian currency before we leave? Are US credit cards generally accepted? Any info would be appreciated.

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  • You can use an ATM at the airport or at any bank when you get there. That is what we always do -- and did on this trip. Every ATM we used had an option for English. Great trip. Enjoy!
  • Hi SDamos,

    Most travelers find it useful to have a modest amount of local currency with them when they arrive in a foreign country. If upon arrival you require local currency, you can visit one of the many currency exchange facilities at the airport, use an ATM, or exchange currency at your hotel.
    While credit and debit cards are accepted, we recommend contacting your bank in advance of your departure to ensure that you will be able to use your ATM and credit cards while traveling. When contacting your bank, be sure to notify them of your travel dates and destination. This will allow the bank to anticipate charges being made outside of your local area, and help prevent the bank from incorrectly suspending your cards for charges that might otherwise appear suspicious. We also recommend that you make a photocopy of the front and back sides of your ATM and credit cards to leave with someone at home who can assist you in the event your cards are lost or stolen.

    I hope this helps!

    -Tim
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