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Offline sinsinbad

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Safe Storage for Money?
« on: June 09, 2021, 01:29:37 AM »
Planning on travelling to the PI when travel resumes.  So for now, I am in the planning stage.

I was thinking about bringing in $10,000 cash because I will need money to rent a place and buy a scooter to get around, but first, I will be travelling around looking at several areas, and I don't want to be carrying the money around.

From what I understand, I can't open a bank account without a ACR.  If that is the case, is there any other option for a safe place to put my money?

Thanks

PS,

I am sure that I might get a lot of volunteers to hold it, but I am looking for something more secure.

Offline lost_in_samoa

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Re: Safe Storage for Money?
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2021, 02:08:23 PM »
From what I've heard there is no safe money storage.

I've read where safe deposit boxes were raided.  I've seen on tv news where bank employee's pull scams.  I've also heard a lot of different tales about relatives, friends, thieves, and pickpocket's.  I've been on the receiving end of this kinda stuff more than once.

Folks go so far as to reach through barred windows -n- doors with a kalawit to snatch stuff.

If I were wearing your flip flops I would organize a method of receiving money here.  Then pull from an off island account when I needed it.  Carry only what you are willing to lose.

The extra transfer fees would be the cost's of doing business.

Others may know of a better way.

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Re: Safe Storage for Money?
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2021, 03:22:23 PM »
I was thinking that $10,000 might just set off that red flag.
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Re: Safe Storage for Money?
« Reply #3 on: June 09, 2021, 05:07:37 PM »
I was thinking that $10,000 might just set off that red flag.

Currently international anti-money laundering, currency regulations require travellers to declare cash amounts of US$ 10,000 and above on arrival at the destination port - or such amounts that are of equivalent value, if in another currency.
If you are using an institution/bank/currency exchange, that institution will report any transactions above the limit to their national financial authorities, without any reference to you.

Amounts of US$9,999 or below in cash,are not required by law, to be declared on arrival, in the Philippines.

Point to keep in mind. It's not illegal to bring in whatever amount of cash you wish, as long as it is declared, if above the "free" limit.
A family travelling together has a combined total US$ 9,999, however, before being required to declare the currency. Meaning if husband brings in US$ 7,500, wife/kids can only carry US$ 2,499, before the total must be declared.

Travellers should do their own research, before deciding which method to use in moving money to their destination, as regulations change, mostly by being tightened up. :(

One way to consider safe guarding your stash, is the use of international pre-paid Visa or MasterCards. Most pre-paids have a limit on the amount which may be 'loaded'.
MetroBank pre-paid MC here has a maximum of PhP100.000, about US $2,000 (?) which may be loaded at any time. so a couple of these may be a short term solution.

A bank account is not required to obtain a pre-paid here. My daughter uses a "Cebuana" prepaid card, which we "load" every month directly from our Metrobank account, with her scholastic and living allowances. She then draws cash at any ATM, over the counter at a Cebuana Branch or uses it directly as a debit card to pay at McDohs, JoliBee or in the Mall shops. LOL!

Hope this helps.

Stay safe all.

Peter



« Last Edit: June 09, 2021, 05:24:26 PM by Peter »
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Re: Safe Storage for Money?
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2021, 02:47:54 AM »
Thanks for the suggestions.

I plan to have several ATM cards.  Among them, USAA and Charles Schwab don't have ATM fees.  However, there are usually low limits on how much you can withdraw at a time.

I also have Paypal, Xoom, and Wise accounts to send money.

I am also looking into thief resistant bags like PacSafe and others.

I just wish that I could open a bank account when I first arrive.


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Re: Safe Storage for Money?
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2021, 11:52:24 PM »
From what I've heard there is no safe money storage.

I've read where safe deposit boxes were raided.  I've seen on tv news where bank employee's pull scams.  I've also heard a lot of different tales about relatives, friends, thieves, and pickpocket's.  I've been on the receiving end of this kinda stuff more than once.

Folks go so far as to reach through barred windows -n- doors with a kalawit to snatch stuff.

If I were wearing your flip flops I would organize a method of receiving money here.  Then pull from an off island account when I needed it.  Carry only what you are willing to lose.

The extra transfer fees would be the cost's of doing business.

Others may know of a better way.


I have only been here this time for 15 years and I had no idea how venerable my local finances were!! What should I do?

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Re: Safe Storage for Money?
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2021, 01:41:52 PM »
What should I do?


Well .......  send it all to me.

I'll keep it safe for you.

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Re: Safe Storage for Money?
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2021, 02:39:22 AM »

I plan to have several ATM cards.  Among them, USAA and Charles Schwab don't have ATM fees.  However, there are usually low limits on how much you can withdraw at a time.


What is your definition of "low amounts"? We usually bring $2000-3000 cash (nice, crisp $100 bills get the best reception at the exchange desks) but also take advantage of the local ATMs when shopping. I've run into 10,000php limits, but simply returned to the same line a few seconds later and made another withdrawal with no problem. Hope this helps  :)
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Re: Safe Storage for Money?
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2021, 06:15:17 AM »
I've used my USAA card for years in the Philippines without a problem. I believe the daily limit is currently 600 dollars for ATM.

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Re: Safe Storage for Money?
« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2021, 03:00:57 PM »

Well .......  send it all to me.

I'll keep it safe for you.

 8)

Best not to put it all in one place, I'll look after half of it for you  8)
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