BANKING AT MELAQUE
(patience is needed)
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
A checking or
savings account has to be set up before travelers checks can
You may cash
travelers checks only between 9am and 12 noon. (Limit is
The exchange rates are posted on the sandwich board for
Canadian and US funds.
First, get a ticket from the "TURN" machine when entering
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
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
ATM "cash" machines in the BANAMEX's foyer.
Interac & Credit Cards usually give good exchange rates -
but you are charged $2 per
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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