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BANKING AT MELAQUE  (patience is needed)

BANAMEX BANK MELAQUE

The bank at Melaque is BANAMEX on Calle Gσmez Farias - across from the bus station.
Open 9am till 3pm Monday to Saturday.  Closed Sundays and all national holidays, and is very busy Monday mornings.  Contact them by telephone at 355.5277 or 355.5352

Travelers Checks

 • A checking or savings account has to be set up before travelers checks can be cashed.
 • You may cash travelers checks only between 9am and 12 noon. (Limit is $450/day Canadian)
 • The exchange rates are posted on the sandwich board for Canadian and US funds.
 • First, get a ticket from the "TURN" machine when entering the bank.
 • Then, go to the side desks to have your checks validated. You will need your passport, 
    tourist visa, drivers license and/or birth certificate for Identification.
    Bank employees will give you a ticket with your check totals to take to the teller.
 • Next take a seat and watch above the tellers for your ticket "TURN" number to come up.
 • Tellers will normally give you bills 100p and larger.  You may want to ask for small bills
   "Billetes Pequeρo por favor".  Small stores, hotels & restaurants may not be able to change
    bills much larger than 100 pesos.

 

 Interac & Credit Cards

• There are two 24 hour ATM "cash" machines in the BANAMEX's foyer.
• Interac & Credit Cards usually give good exchange rates - but you are charged $2 per
   withdrawal.
• The disadvantage of using the ATM's is that you have no choice of the size of the bills received.
   ATM's usually give out large bills, so if you asked for 1000 pesos you might get five 200p bills.
• Never depend on the ATM's as they sometimes run out of money or malfunction, just when 
   you're desperate for money.
• When the ATM asks how many dollars you want to withdraw, be sure to enter peso amounts.
• Make sure your pin numbers are working on all your cards before leaving home.
• Never keep your pin numbers with your cards in your wallet!  Memorize your pin numbers.

Tip: When ATM gives your card back, snatch it out promptly or you will have to ask the bank manager for it during regular banking hours.

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