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    Talking Long lines at the Bank!!!!!!!!!

    What is the deal with the Banks here in the DR??? Everytime I go into Banco Popular, there's a line that stretches out the door What are these people transacting? Deposits? Withdrawls? who knows! I mean everybody from all walks of life was in there, even a small 12yr old haitian boy wanted his turn in line, hahahaha.

    Now the same motoconchos who never ever have change for a RD500 are seeing the tellers with stacks of 1,000 & 2,000 pesos notes. What gives??

    Where's my plane-ticket??????

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    Try another bank.

    Banco leon or lyon in Sosua never has a line and you just walk up to the teller and your gone in 60 seconds. I just pay my satellite bill there but am planning on opening an account there because Banco Santa Cruz is also very slow.

    When there is no line in Banco Popular the tellers respond even slower so either way you are there way too long.

    It may be Popular for the locals but not for me!

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    If you hit the bank around the 15th or 30th, then you find those people that get paid twice a month cashing checks etc. Best to avoid the banks around these dates.

    Those motoconchos are more than likely messengers. I have seen them deposit some insane amounts of money. The guy earns RD$6-10k monthly and is running around with RD$100k + of some businesses money...

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    They are there for the same reason you are...Why not use Internet or Telebanco instead. I can't remember the last time I had to go into the bank to do any transaction.

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    some locations, like the one by central part in puerto plata are always lined up, the one at jose luis is usually better

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    Quote Originally Posted by suarezn View Post
    They are there for the same reason you are...Why not use Internet or Telebanco instead. I can't remember the last time I had to go into the bank to do any transaction.
    I already lost my bank card via the ATM, something about "Russia Card Compromise". Possible fraud transaction with my bank card, who knows? So they cancelled my card and mailed me a new one in NY, nice, thank you, but I am here in the DR.

    Don't want to lose another one, so the tellers and long lines I go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suarezn View Post
    They are there for the same reason you are...Why not use Internet or Telebanco instead. I can't remember the last time I had to go into the bank to do any transaction.
    Electronic banking is the way to go or use ATM's. Never had a problem in years at Scotiabank, regardless of all the stories on message boards and they are free with a Bank of America card, as stated numerous times in other threads. If you're here in the DR have the card sent to you!

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    Scotiabank deal with Bank of America is great. I know a bunch of people living here that take that route.

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    I consistantly get as good as the best "street rate" from Scotia Bank's ATH via my Bank of America account, and never a fee.

    Call Bank of America before you travel with a heads up, they will shut down the card after the first transaction out of the USA!

    B of A "Debit Card " security.
    (770)491-4064

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    Use ScotiaBank and you will have less problems.

    Works fine for me.

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