Sending Money To Cuba
Replies: 48 - Last Post: Jan 29, 2013 6:12 PM Last Post By: johnabbotsford
Nov 14, 2012 6:58 AM
Nov 14, 2012 2:09 PM
31Thanks roxyb. So it looks like maybe a 2%ish charge? plus the $6 on the Canadian side of the equation c.f. changing CAD cash but you have the convenience of carrying a single card rather than a pile of cash.
BTW what do you see as the pros and cons of this card c.f. to say the CIBC Advantage Visa Debit Card which works in Cuban ATMs (and Banks and Cadecas)?
Edited by: johnabbotsford
Nov 14, 2012 4:36 PM
32How can I get the BMO card in my SIL's name. I tried their on line application and it is only in the applicants name, namely, me. Also a requirement that the applicant must be a Canadian resident, which I am.
Can any of these prepaid cards, that work in Cuba, be in the name of a Cuban or is this not even necessary (think it would be).
Nov 14, 2012 6:40 PM
Nov 14, 2012 6:56 PM
Nov 15, 2012 4:11 PM
Nov 15, 2012 4:56 PM
36Yes, it is....jeje
I have been searching today and stumbled on a prepaid Visa Debit card that my bank (moving to bank) has but does not publicize. I am going to talk to them tomorrow. Looks like my problems are solved. Fingers crossed. In the meantime I sent money, today, using Duales "home delivery". The only option I have, at the moment.
Nov 15, 2012 5:22 PM
37Really weird re the problems you are having with AIS as I have now seen several first hand reports of very recent sign-ups going OK.
Do you actually mean Gres Pre-paid or just Debit Visa? Sorry to be pendantic but over here we think of "Pre-paid" as a card for travel that takes particular currencies whereas Debit is one linked to your own savings account(s).
Make sure you check out the Foreign ATM and or Forex fees also as in Oz again they vary considerable which is why I am so happy with our one with the flat $3.50 fee.
Nov 15, 2012 5:36 PM
Nov 15, 2012 5:46 PM
39Ta Gres - I wanted to get the terminology correct before amending some other publications.If there is now 3? Debit Visa available for Canadians that adds to their money options in Cuba particularly in terms of ATM access.
Nov 16, 2012 1:12 PM
40It seems that caribbean transfers got serious problems with the US federal prosecuters, their website is down. They told my friend in Cuba that the changed their website to 123envialo.com but nobody said anything about the justice thing... Nobody knows how long the new www will stay alive. So be careful, I would not leave my money there but only use the account for sending the money and then put it elsewhere.
Nov 16, 2012 1:34 PM
41123envialo.com is one of those e-commerce supermarkets that deliver products in Cuba. There is a header on their website that says they cannot currently transfer money to Cuba.
sidenote: one of their featured products is "Falling Hair" shampoo, $8.88 for a 300ml bottle. I think someone must have been replacing my regular shampoo with the "Falling Hair" product for the last ten years, because that sure has been happening to me.
Nov 16, 2012 2:48 PM
#40 I called them, Desjardins, they do not have one. They do have a prepaid Visa Credit Card which I think will work. They haven't started marketing it, yet, but it is available. I ordered one. It should work in the ATM's in Cuba. Has a chip and a magnetic strip but uses a 5 digit PIN which may not work in Cuba. Anybody with any experience with 5 digit PIN's in Cuba, please chime in.
Nov 16, 2012 3:53 PM
Nov 17, 2012 9:44 AM
44@ bobmichaels. Yes that's true, but they took the place of the former CT, you can login with your old CT login and password and even the cards stay valid. Two days ago, the money transfer was possible, now, as you say, they say that "Transfers are temporarily suspended due to some adjustments that are being made to the system" so let's wait and see...
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