The quickest and easiest way to change cash is at an official money-exchange office, where the whole deal is done in seconds, unlike in most banks where half an hour is fast. Exchange shops can be found in most cities, usually signed in English.

Changing money in an exchange shop is much safer than doing so with a street moneychanger. If you do change on the street, expect to be treated like a total moron with no idea of current rates. You should demand the same rate as you'd get in the bank and expect the changer to take a IR10,000 'service fee'. Count the money carefully, and don't hand over your bill until you're sure it's correct. If you can't find a bank or exchange office, carpet shops, jewellers or someone in the bazaar should be able to help.

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