Zanzibar ATMs?

Old Dec 17th 2004, 7:26 am
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Jørn-Morten Innselset
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Default Zanzibar ATMs?

I keep reading conflicting statements about the availability of ATMs in
Zanzibar, some web site reports claim that the nearest one is in Dar, while
others refer to one (1!) functional at Barclay Bank in Stone Town. Anyone
with recent info? Should we bring traveller's cheques just in case, or would
my VISA card be practical (and economical) for money exchange in banks?

jm
 
Old Dec 17th 2004, 9:45 am
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Jean-Marc V. Liotier
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Default Re: Zanzibar ATMs?

On Fri, 17 Dec 2004 20:26:13 +0000, Jørn-Morten Innselset wrote:
    > I keep reading conflicting statements about the availability of ATMs in
    > Zanzibar, some web site reports claim that the nearest one is in Dar, while
    > others refer to one (1!) functional at Barclay Bank in Stone Town. Anyone
    > with recent info? Should we bring traveller's cheques just in case, or would
    > my VISA card be practical (and economical) for money exchange in banks?

If the highest estimate you have is a single ATM, you should probably not
depend on it. This is Africa : more than anywhere else, always have backup !
 
Old Dec 17th 2004, 10:08 pm
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Matti Kokkola
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Default Re: Zanzibar ATMs?

"Jørn-Morten Innselset" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > I keep reading conflicting statements about the availability of ATMs in
    > Zanzibar, some web site reports claim that the nearest one is in Dar, while
    > others refer to one (1!) functional at Barclay Bank in Stone Town. Anyone
    > with recent info? Should we bring traveller's cheques just in case, or would
    > my VISA card be practical (and economical) for money exchange in banks?

We visited Stone Town in October 2004 and there was at least one
working ATM. It accepted only Visa, no Master or any other credit
cards.

But as someone already said here, always have a backup plan (dollars,
cheques, ...) if the only ATM runs out of money.

br, Matti
 

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