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I'm bringing US dollars with me and have a few questions.

I've read on the forum that the bills need to be from the 2006 series or later. Is that still the case? And, are bills that have been folded in the middle really not accepted if they look "used"? Which denomination would you suggest I bring to exchange at a forex bureau to get a decent rate - $20, $50, $100?

Also, just in case I run out of US dollars, are Canadian dollars accepted at all at forex bureaus?

Thank you.

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1. Re: Currency

A fold per se won't matter, but if it looks as having been washed in your jeans... no, no.

Dates should be no older than 6/yrs, so from 2006 forward, and know there are lots of those dated 2008.

Avoid USD$100 notes as in Kenya many refuse these as being counterfeit. In fact this note is the most counterfeited worldwide, why the US is redesigning and new should be available in Aug '13 (don't hold me to that date). Other denominations are fine.

Can't advise about CA$, but a Forex should accept. But many threads here on the subject... do a search.

Better yet, have a combo of USD and local currency, so on landing go to an ATM and withdraw KSH for use when in NBO (definitely) though and for tips can be combo USD/KSH. Current exchange is about USD$1=85KSH.

Don't forget to advise your bank of where you'll be traveling and dates so any plastic doesn't have a 'hold' put on them and then out of luck!

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2. Re: Currency

Canadian $ will be accepted at a forex bureau, but the exchange rate may not be great, as it is not a commonly traded cash currency in Kenya. As Sandi suggests, US$ cash and ATM would be the best way to go. Also use your credit card to pay for extras at hotels/lodges.

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