Money in Albania

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1 USD = 130.53 ALL [01.04.2015]

The lek is the official currency of Albania. It is subdivided into 100 qindarka (singular qindarkë), although qindarka are no longer issued.

The lek was introduced as the first Albanian currency in February 1926.

Lek (ALL; symbol Lek). Notes are in denominations of Lek5,000, 1,000, 500, 200 and 100. Coins are in denominations of Lek100, 50, 20, 10 and 5.

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Credit cards

ATMs are widespread; every town of any size has at least one.

ATMs are widespread; every town of any size has at least one. Credit cards are accepted only by top-of-the-range hotels and restaurants.

Currency restrictions

The import and export of local currency is prohibited. The import of foreign currency is unlimited. The export of foreign currency is permiteed up to US$5,000.

Banking hours: Mon-Fri 0800-1400.

Travellers cheques

American Express traveller\'s cheques can be cashed in Tirana, with a 2% commission charge. Traveller\'s cheques are not accepted by hotels or restaurants anywhere in the country.