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Travel advise: payments in PakistanJet off well-informed to Pakistan. Here are some handy facts about cash and card payments in Pakistan.
Pakistan is very much a cash-based country. Card payments are not widely accepted in Pakistan. The only places that accept card payments are international hotels and high end shops in Karachi and Lahore. If you are going to pay by card in Pakistan: Be aware of currency conversion fees: British banks may charge heavily for international card payments made in Pakistan. In addition, your bank's PKR to GBP exchange rate may not be so good. This is how banks make money. Before using your bank card for payments in Pakistan, it's certainly a good idea to contact your bank. This will avoid your card becoming blocked due to international transactions that your bank may find suspicious.
We recommend that you take US dollars to Pakistan to exchange into Pakistani Rupees at the airport upon arrival. Travelers to Pakistan are allowed to take only 100 PKR into the country. To make purchases in Pakistan you will need cash in Pakistani Rupees. Pakistani is very much a cash based economy.
Depending on the location in Pakistan and the type of caffee, a coffee will cost between 200 and 500 PKR. A three-course meal in Pakistan will cost you around 1300 PKR. The overall cost of living in Pakistan is very cheap. Prices in Pakistan are on average 70% cheaper than in the UK.
Tips in Pakistan are optional. In downtown Lahore, the waiters may walk up to you and ask you for a tip. This direct approach may surprise British travelers. If you tip you should give around 10-15%.