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Banking Abroad by Spursfan on 8 August 2007 8:54am
 
Anybody any experience of this (I mean banking in a country not your own)?

We opened an account with HSBC in Turkey, as tha is the bank we have at home. We assumed it would be easier to transfer money etc. Not a chance!

Firstly, it seems that most Turks (even ones who have a lot of 'clout' themselves) hold bank workers in awe. So that doesn't help when things go wrong and they (the bank workers) stand there as if to say 'you're not going to moan at us cos we are gods'. Grrrrr!

We had transferred a large amount of sterling and (I'm going back about 2 years) we needed to take it out in sterling. We ordered the money a day or so before, and told them we would be there on a certain day. When we got there (with a Turkish friend) they hadn't got enough sterling!! My husband told the Turkish friend to have a go at them, but of course he wouldn't.

Internet banking with them was totally rubbish too - and trying to get the various codes and numbers to do it took several visits and phone calls to various branches.

We have now changed banks (Fortis) but I am still recieving 'spam' from HSBC Turkey! They were hopeless at banking but they manage to do spam brilliantly (especially seeing as we are no longer customers!!!)

We have yet to test Fortis, though opening the account took most of a day and loads of queueing!!






 
Re: Banking Abroad by johnnythemonkey on 8 August 2007 9:25am
 
You have too much money and I have so little. Just give some to me and leave the Turkish banking system to it's banalities.
 
Re: Banking Abroad by Spursfan on 8 August 2007 9:53am
 
I sooooo wish that were true Johnny!!

Come back tomorrow morning after I've checked tonight's lottery and you may be right!! (Fingers crossed)

Well, SOMEONE's got to win - why not me?

;-)
 
Re: Banking Abroad by Wheelrim on 8 August 2007 12:39pm
 
I am with the AKBANK there, our HSBC is too far away, My one is fine, though I will agree that the tellers do seem to think they are a bit above us all and that THEY are doing US a favour!
 
Re: Banking Abroad by Spursfan on 8 August 2007 1:04pm
 
The HSBC in Kusadasi is out of the way, at the Marina (where they think the money is I expect!!).

The others, Akbank, Isbank (don't know how to do accents on AOL!!), Fortis etc are more central.

Fortis was recommended to us.

If the tellers make a mistake or take too long or whatever we tell them (as we would in the UK). We are not impolite (though it's tempting to be sarky sometimes!!) and are fair but sometimes.....!!! Well!!

Sometimes the other customers look as if to say 'they're daring to question them?!! Gasp!'!!

And they CAN be slipshod, believe me. When we were opening the a/c with Fortis, we were sat at someone's desk. After a few questions she went off, leaving the details of someones account clearly visible on the desk just by us!! I didn't look but my husband did and he said there was a deposit of several MILLION US dollars!!

It is to be hoped she doesn't leave our account details open for all and sundry to peruse with its deposits of millions of £s !!! (I wish).

Sorry, wheelie-babe, I've forgotten: where's your apartment/villa?
 
Re: Banking Abroad by Wheelrim on 8 August 2007 3:05pm
 
Kadriye, just outside ANTALYA. By the way, which airline do you find cheapest?
 
Re: Banking Abroad by Spursfan on 8 August 2007 3:41pm
 
aegeanflights.com (Onur Air). If you book as soon as they go on sale (forget the dates but they have 2 'seasons' - Winter and Summer) they are cheapest. We have flights next year at £75 each (total). They don't do meals but don't mind you taking food aboard, also drinks (non-alcoholic) are free and plentiful. They also have 20kg not 15kg as most others do.

You?

We usually fly into Bodrum with Onur Air but the nearest airport is Izmir (well if you don't count the little one at Epheseus!!).

 
Re: Banking Abroad by Sophie-Louise on 8 August 2007 10:34pm
 
i know natwest do free cash withdrawals almost anywhere abroad. so that's an alternative to anyone wishing to open one abroad. can do it all online.
 
Re: Banking Abroad by Sophie-Louise on 8 August 2007 10:36pm
 
i meant nationwide, not natwest!
 
Re: Banking Abroad by johnnythemonkey on 8 August 2007 10:52pm
 
Banks everywhere are greedy so and so's. Period.
 
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