UK football fans unsure about foreign currency

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Post Office research highlights fans' confusion with travel money

Thousands of football supporters will be travelling to Europe this autumn but they should check which foreign currency they need to avoid arriving with the wrong notes in hand.

Post Office Travel Services research has discovered that 90 per cent of football fans are confused about which countries use the euro and which use other types of foreign currency.

With eight UK clubs remaining in football's European competitions, football fans with their travel money in hand will be embarking on trips across 18 different countries in the coming months. Eight of these countries are located outside the eurozone, so fans are advised to ensure they have the correct foreign currency for their trips.

The survey also revealed that only ten per cent of fans could correctly identify which countries, from a list of ten with clubs competing in European football, use the euro and which use a different type of foreign currency.

Football fans' travel money confusion exists across a number of respected footballing nations. Some 46 per cent and 21 per cent respectively thought that Denmark and the Czech Republic had adopted the euro when they still have their own foreign currency. Additionally, 19 per cent mistakenly said that Greece, winner of the UEFA EURO 2004 tournament, was not a eurozone member, believing it still holds its own foreign currency.

Sarah Munro, Post Office Head of Travel Services, explained: "Thousands of football supporters will be travelling to Europe this autumn but they should check which foreign currency they need to avoid arriving with the wrong notes in hand."

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