The final answer I got was this:When you’re travelling, you can use the ABMs of the international banks in the Alliance, and you’ll skip the surcharge and save on access fees.
The Alliance page indicates there is only ScotiaBank for the Dominican Republic.
And yet: The Globe and Mail August 14, 2018
"Scotiabank says it has reached a deal to acquire Banco Dominicano del Progreso, a bank with operations in the Dominican Republic."
The last time I tried using my ScotiaBank Visa Debit Card at Banco Dominicano del Progreso, there was a note that I would be charged a fee.
Does this mean that although ScotiaBank has acquired El Progreso that it is still not a part of the Alliance? Or is there just some delay in implementing the same benefits for ScotiaBank card holders at el Progresso branches?
So, we at least know why we must seek out a specific ScotiaBank to use our cards at their ATMs and not available for fee free usage anywhere else.Scotiabank is a founding member of the Global ATM Alliance. When you’re travelling, you can use the ABMs of the international banks in the Alliance, and you’ll skip the surcharge and save on access fees.
When travelling to the Dominican Republic, I am very sorry to advise that only Scotiabank’s in Dominican Republic are a part of the Global ABM Alliance. Even though Scotiabank has acquired Banco Dominicano del Progreso, they are currently not enrolled in this added service.
No never at airports, never!Ok so warning to tourists, never change your cdn dollars at Puerto Plata airport Globo Canbio. They wanted to give me 31.72, when the going Bank of Canada rate was 38.77. My Costco Capital One card gave me 38.68 which is great and I got 35.00 when changing cash in Sosua Caraibe Express next to Supermercado Pola.
My Capital One Cosco Card has no fees for international purchases and I am getting 37.68 and the same when withdrew from Scotia Bank. My Bank charged me a $3.00 fee and bank machine 200 pesos.No never at airports, never!