Best currency for buying visa?

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Best currency for buying visa?

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Hi

I'm returning to Luxor on friday morning but have a question about currency. It mainly for buying the visa when i get to Luxor aiport. I have always travelled from the UK before, so always had sterling on me. However, this time i will be flying from China so i will only have RMB with me as hard currency!
Will they let me pay for my visa with this? Or possibly i can exchange this into LE at the airport and then buy the visa with that?
They must get chinese tourists with this problem so maybe they are used to it.
If everyone can let me know what they think because if this is going to be a problem i can change it into dollars in China at the airport.
Quick responses would be greatly appreciated as i leave in less than 24 hrs :)



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I would normally advocate using sterling (when going from the UK) but in your case I would be tempted to get some USD before leaving China to pay for the visa at least. I am under the impression that you can use USD, Sterling or Euro for visa purchase. The cost of the visa is still $15.
The Egyptian Duty Free shops are also priced in USD so, if you are likely to use them you and you are making an exchange prior to departure you may want to factor that in too.

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I always use $ for the visa paying the exact $15 so never any problem with change or being over charged.

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Thanks for the relpies.
My main concern was whether the chinese currency would be accepted but after a little more research i don't think i'll be able to change it in Egypt. I think the best bet is to change it all into dollars before i arrive then there is no problem, with visa or exchanging into LE.
Now i can look forward to watching the football in the sun (after all this will probably be the final game for england in Euro 2012)

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I'd pay for visa with a $20 bill, so you will get about 30LE change - could be useful until you get to a bank.
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