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The local currency, the Macedonian denar, is fixed at
about 62 denar to the euro, which makes it about 40 denar to the dollar
at a dollar-euro exchange rate of 1-to-1.5. Major items (hotel rooms,
long taxi rides, BMWs) are often priced in euros, and you can pay in
euros or denar. Normal purchases are priced in denar, and you should
pay in denar. The only thing you can do with dollars is exchange them
for denar; there are plenty of money changers. But the easiest way to
get denars is to use a debit card in an ATM; they are all over. Be sure
to tell your debit card company where you will be using the card.
Bring some cash to fall back on while sorting things out if there is a
You should make sure that you a) keep the receipt issued by the ATM when withdrawing money and b) try to use an ATM that is operated by a bank with many branches across the country, e.g. NLB Bank which has the most branches in the country and provides 24/7 support.
The reason is that you cannot change MKD (Macedonian dinars) outside of Macedonia so you will need to change any money back to Euro, GDP or USD etc. before leaving Macedonia. If you wish to change money in the bank, you will need to produce the receipt from your original withdrawal and you will need to go to a branch of the same bank that you withdrew the money through. Otherwise, you will not be able to change your money through a bank and will have to go through a private exchange office or Western Union or the like.
If you need to top-up your home-country mobile phoner you can use self-service payment kiosks of PayNet Macedonia installed in many retail stores (Tinnex, Ramstore) and use cash denars to pay. The amount in denars will be automatically converted into your home currency and instantly credited to your account. Though some post-paid numbers are not supported but most of the time your payment will be successful.