Brits abroad are still confused over European currencies

  • One in 10 UK travellers heading off on summer holidays admit to taking the wrong currency
  • 13% of holidaymakers jetting off to Cyprus admitted going abroad with the wrong currency
  • 9% travelled to Croatia with Euros instead of the Croatian Kuna
  • 58% said they would take Euros if going on holiday to Turkey

Millions of people are set to head off to Europe for their summer holidays, but recent research from leading travel insurance specialist has shown that many will be packing incorrectly, with one in 10 respondents admitting that they had gone on holiday with the wrong currency.

The introduction of the Euro in 1999 made travel in Europe easier – rather than needing to have separate currencies for each country, it was now possible to use one currency across several parts of Europe. Many people have been caught out as they assume that all European countries will always take Euros. One example that commonly confuses holidaymakers is Turkey, where the official currency is Turkish lira. Holidaysafe’s survey results found that over half (58%) of respondents would take Euros when going to Turkey.

Croatia, a popular destination for festival-goers and beach-lovers alike is a member of the EU, and is often mistaken for a Eurozone country when the currency is the Croatian kuna. Holidaysafe data found that almost one in 10 had admitted to taking Euros to Croatia.

Almost one in seven (13%) of those who had struggled with currency stated that they had had trouble with popular wedding destination Cyprus, with confusion between using the Euro in Cyprus and Turkish lira in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

Amber Howard, brand manager of, said: “Taking the wrong currency abroad is a common mistake, but many found that it was easier to buy the currency when they reached the destination, or that they could get a better rate. Always make sure you check the currency of the country you are going to before you start buying currency to take away with you.

“Cash can prove to be extremely useful when going abroad, especially if you are travelling to Greece with the current threat of the ‘Grexit’. Holidaysafe recommends that you check the cash limits on your travel insurance policy, to make sure you are adequately covered and consider taking out a travel insurance policy with a higher level of cover for cash, if you are planning on carrying large amounts of currency. Precautions such as always keeping cash in a locked safe or keeping it on your person should always be taken.”

*Research conducted by surveyed 6,084 customers of which 547 consumers responded.

Notes to editors:

European countries often mistaken for Eurozone countries and their currencies:

 Bulgaria Bulgarian lev
 Croatia Croatian kuna
 Czech Republic Czech koruna
 Denmark Danish krone
 Iceland Icelandic króna: second króna
 Norway Norwegian krone
 Poland Polish złoty
 Sweden Swedish krona
 Turkey Turkish lira

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