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Janiny



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 06, 2014 5:36 pm    Post subject: Country Warning: TUNISIA Reply with quote

In Tunisia, due to recent changes in the banking laws it is virtually impossible to wire money abroad from there and you cannot change Tunisian dinars to any other currency.

Tunisian law permits only foreign residence who have resided there for a full year to wire out money via their personal bank account. Even if you have an account set up specifically to wire money home or anywhere outside of Tunisia it is against the law for the bank to allow you to make a wire transfer abroad.

Western Union and Moneygram have offices here, but only deal with money coming into the country. It is illegal to wire any amount of money out of Tunisia.

It takes about six weeks and sponsorship to get a temporary foreign residence identification card. You may open a bank account with an option to make wire transfers abroad. However only your employer can deposit money into this account. As stated above, you may only transfer money abroad one full year after receiving your permanent foreign residence identification card, but you may not get that until four months after receiving your temporary foreign residence identification card. Hence it could be 16 months or more before you can send money even to your own account abroad. Paypal and suchlike services do not function from Tunisia

Furthermore, no bank, currency exchange dealer or hotel will change dinar back into any kind of foreign currency whatsoever. It is against the law. So if you want to take a holiday outside Tunisia during your stay you will have to draw on your savings in a bank outside of Tunisia, if you have such.

They will tell you that you may exchange dinar at the airport upon your departure and by showing your air ticket out. However this is a falsehood. The currency exchange banks at the international airports in Tunisia will refuse to accept your dinar.

Please consider this warning before entering Tunisia, especially to work.
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 07, 2014 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello there,

This doesn't sruprise me at all...a sign of the insane times,,,,having, making or sending money is becoming illegal. What will they think of next..yes I know....work for FREE! Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes
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dragonpiwo



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 08, 2014 7:31 am    Post subject: ha Reply with quote

There's a gig in AUSTRIA already wanting that.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 1:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paying people to work for them is not new. They have a fancy new label for it - "being an INTERN"
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The same thing with the banks will happen soon in Morocco, Egypt and other North African countries. What see see is s very disturbing trend here..it is becoming increasingly illegal to earn, hold or convert money into other currencies as an English teacher abroad. Volunteering and offering free English lessons seems to be the way of the future... Shocked Shocked Shocked
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water rat



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Such laws are aimed at money launderers, foreign-based drug dealers and embezzlers. The people who make such laws never even think of English teachers earning $1200 or less a month in a place like Tunis. We're below the radar.
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dragonpiwo



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 6:58 am    Post subject: erm Reply with quote

It's because the arab spring has led to greater theft than ever before.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 3:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once upon a time "Exchange Control" was widespread in Developing Countries. Typically employees were allowed to remit 33 percent of earnings but had to apply for permission through the Central Bank. Those days are coming back to the world's weaker economies.

The UK also had Exchange Control from 1939 - for more than 30 years.

Political Economy 101.
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Exchange control applies to everyone...foreigners (including ESL teachers) are no exception. Recently several of my colleagues were pulled over and searched at Casablanca's customs upon arrival in Morocco. They were carrying only a few hundred dollars in cash...and were told to declare it or it will be taken away from them! Shocked Shocked
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Janiny



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 4:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Control, or 33% only is one thing, in Tunisia today we're talking all out blockade. Thirty three percent of earnings would be workable, in Tunisia you can exchange to nothing once you have dinars, you cannot transfer any amount from your own personal account. And don't forget, only your employer can deposit money into your account. If you come by some windfall, you best hide it under the floorboards.

Also note: Even if you want to use an ATM you must visit the bank and have them transfer some funds to your special ATM account. You cannot withdraw directly from your own personal account.
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EFL Educator



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is becoming increasingly common for people to be searched for money in their belongings at airports in Casablanca, Tunis, and in Cairo. Pretty soon they (the customs authorities) will make it next to impossible for EFL teachers to travel between countries with any money at all. It is apparent to me why this is happening....this is a sad reality of the times..if you need money travel only with a debit or ATM card Shocked Shocked Shocked Shocked
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dragonpiwo



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 6:09 am    Post subject: erm Reply with quote

You try finding an ATM machine in Libya. Even the ones in Tripoli rarely work.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 12, 2014 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Country warnings regarding traveling and carryng any money with you at all in person should actually be out for ALL countries in North Africa..that is Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. Again your best bet is to carry only a credit or debit card with you when traveling...or as an ESL teacher you might end up with NOTHING at all! Shocked Shocked Shocked
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