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Planning your trip to Pakistan
Holiday Budget Calculator
We get it, doing your holiday budget is a snore fest. It's important though, so we've made it super easy for you to do now. Just punch in your holiday deets and we'll combine destination spend data with our exchange rates so you know how much to take. Easy peasy budget donesy!
About the currency
Coins and notes
Pakistani coins come in ₹1, ₹2, ₹5, and ₹10 denominations. There used to be coins in paisa values (Pakistani cents), but these are no longer legal tender. Banknotes are circulated in ₹5, ₹10, ₹20, ₹50, ₹100, ₹200, ₹500, ₹1,000 and ₹5,000 denominations. The design of the ₹20 note was recently overhauled because people kept confusing it with the ₹5,000 note. Whoops.
Facts about the currency
- Visitors to Pakistan are limited to taking up to PKR 100, in denominations of 10 rupees or less. You also can’t take in denominations of 50 or 100 rupees (or more).
- You may be required to show your passport as ID when exchanging money, and many travellers find it easier to exchange USD or EUR into PKR rather than New Zealand dollars.
- The PKR is subdivided into 100 paisa, but this unit isn’t used any more.
- In Pakistani English, large values of rupees are counted in terms of thousand: lakh (100,000), crore (1 million), Arab (1 billion), kharab (1 or 10 trillion).
- The Pakistani rupee was issued in 1947 after the dissolution of the British Raj.
- British Indian coins and notes were still used after this dissolution – they were simply stamped with "Pakistan" – until the new currency was issued in 1948.
- From 1950 to 1978, Pakistan issued special notes for use only by Muslims making the pilgrimage to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, called the Haj, and to other holy sites in Iraq. These notes were not considered legal tender in Pakistan.
The historical rates chart tells you how the Pakistani rupee has trended again the New Zealand dollar recently. You can even sign up for currency alerts so you don’t miss out on those great exchange rates.