One last request for advice (for now) Caribbean Transfer or Cash?
Replies: 46 - Last Post: Dec 21, 2012 10:22 AM Last Post By: CheersTerry
Oct 21, 2012 11:33 PM
30Thanks Beardo and Jen - just looked at this. Returns between 85.5 and 88.2 CUC per 100 USD depending on the single amount sent (c.f. 87CUC per 100 USD Cash). Good to see they accept both Visa and Mastercard.
As previously noted for US based senders Western Union is another option for funds to Cuban family.
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Oct 24, 2012 12:57 AM
37I wanted to let you guys know that today through vbce, I was charged only $11 per 1k. I am so happy right now!!! I got it at nearly even. :) I also enjoyed a beautiful day in Vancouver. Have a good night, all!
Dec 20, 2012 12:25 PM
38We were in Cuba last summer. Took cash, no problems, we had about 4k on us. Of course, tried to be careful, split it up, etc.
I live in a border city to Canada. On a lark, I drove up there to see if I could open a bank account. I could, no problem. I got a debit card from the bank, Scotia bank. Next time I go to Cuba, I will just use that canadian card at the atm, banks....
Anyone know why this might be a problem? Seems like it should work. Canadian bank, canadian card, canadian money.
Dec 20, 2012 2:25 PM
39That's actually a really good idea!!!! I didn't even think of that. I did call one bank and they said I had to live in Canada, but I'm sure that was just an independent.
Dec 20, 2012 2:47 PM
40#43mainstreet - the only debit/credit cards that work in Cuban ATM's are Visa. Is your Scotia Visa?
This is the list that (Canadian) Visa itself puts out
That aside interesting that you easily acquired a Canadian card - I've ceratinly seen other reports of jacpan's experience.
Dec 20, 2012 7:10 PM
41I'm quite surprised a foreigner can open an account in a Canadian bank without any residency.
Dec 20, 2012 7:55 PM
42Opening up the bank account isn't the main issue - there are ways around that - it's getting a Credit Card. That's not going to happen.
mainstreet101, as far as I'm aware Scotia Bank doesn't have a Visa supported Debit Card that will work in Cuba.
Dec 20, 2012 8:11 PM
Dec 20, 2012 8:42 PM
44Gres, I've opened up lots of bank accounts in Canada for Americans who are doing business here temporarily and need a Chequing Account to receive bank transfers from the US so they can pay their Canadian bills.
Getting a Credit Card is another issue though... what's to stop them from maxing it out then simply flying home? The Credit Card Company won't chase them over an international border for that kind of dough... they have to eat the loss...
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