People from different parts of the world as well as India visit Andhra Pradesh on business and/or leisure. The ability to be part of the states rich and diverse culture, history and tradition is tempting and alluring. A holiday in the state also necessitates spending money, right from travel to accommodation to food and shopping for some exquisite souvenirs. While domestic tourists will not face a problem, foreign tourists need to be aware of the currency exchange issues that may crop up during their trip.
The AP Tourism Department as well as the Indian Government recommends using just licensed currency exchanges for exchanging foreign currency into Indian rupees. There are adequate licensed exchanges in most towns and cities. hotels and registered travel agents, such as Thomas Cook, are some reliable and trustworthy places where currency can be exchanged without fear. All foreign tourists will need to show a proof of their visa and passport at these places to avail exchange facilities.
Public sector banks are often the best places to exchange currency and two banks that tourists will find all over Andhra Pradesh are Andhra Bank and State Bank of India. Even in villages and hamlets these banks will have branches that can help tourists exchange Dollars and Euros into Indian rupees. In cities and large towns, there are private banks that offer currency exchange services.
The timings of the banks should be kept in mind. Most public sector banks operate from Mondays through Saturdays and usually begin functioning from 10 am until 2 pm on days and from 10 am until 12 noon on Saturdays. The banks are closed on Sundays and public holidays. Private banks, such as ICICI Bank, Axis Bank and HDFC Bank, have different working hours. Banks in cities and towns will display the exchange rate, so tourists can rest assured knowing the amount they will receive when the currency is exchanged. With so many places where foreign tourists can exchange currency, there is no cause for worry if tourists run out of rupees during their travel across Andhra Pradesh.