"Money" Skopje Local Custom Tip by mikey_e
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The local currency in Macedonia is the Macedonian Denar (MKD), which is certainly not a hard currency, but is still not subject to the sort of crushing import/export restrictions and conversion restrictions that you would find in Caribbean or other developing countries. There are plenty of exchanges (menjalnice), especially in the Carsija, and some of the jewellery shops double as exchange booths. You can make larger purchases in euro, and USD and EUR are both easily convertible in the capital. Make sure to buy MKD, however, if you plan on purchasing at smaller restaurants, bakeries and above all in the Bit Pazar. Its not that the traders won't take your hard currency - its that they will probably give you a pretty bad exchange rate.
Above all - EXCHANGE MKD BEFORE YOUR LEAVE THE COUNTRY!!! Its not that you will be arrested or fined on departure if you don't, its just that you won't be able to do anything with your MKD once you leave. Even if you're heading to Serbia, Bulgaria or Albania, convert from MKD to EUR. It's more expensive than converting between Balkan currencies directly, but it ensures a quick and fair transaction.
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