Despite the fact that the crime rate in the city is relatively low, tourists have to observe basic cautionary measures. Don’t take valuables with you and in no case left bags and outerwear unattended. In crowded areas monitor your belongings closely and try not to keep valuables and money in the outer pockets.
Mains voltage is 100 V; sockets for plugs with two flat pins are set in hotels. European gadgets usually need adapters; they can be taken in a hotel or purchased at any household store.
You have to pay with local currency in shops, restaurants, hotels and other places; currency can be exchanged at the airport or any city bank. Some large hotels also provide exchange services; often they have same terms as banks.
Many large stores and restaurants accept credit cards of international standard. It’s worth to mention that the customer may be charged a small fee for the non-cash operation. You can’t cash out in any ATM; this service is provided by ATMs only at large bank offices.
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