Need bank help.

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This topic contains 14 replies, has 6 voices, and was last updated by  Stella 1 year, 6 months ago.

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  • #223698

    jodevizes
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    Hi, I am about to open a bank account and I am sure there was something here that said a certain bank had English as an option for their online banking.

    I have had a look but cannot find anything. Does anybody know which bank has this possibility please?

  • #223702

    The Grocer
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    Eurobank has an English web site

     

  • #223703

    Stella
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    Hoplite

    So do Alpha and National Bank of Greece.  I rather think that opening an account during these days of capital controls is not going to be as easy as it once was.  Recently a friend needed a Greek bank account in order to apply for residence permit necessary for the purchase of a car.  With great difficulty he obtained an account at NBG which could not be activated until he had imported in excess of 10,000 euros from a country other than Greece.  Of course he now can take out only 60 euros a day from his Greek account.

  • #223704

    jodevizes
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    Thank you for that Stella. My chunk o cash will go to buy a flat so there won’t be a lot left in it.

  • #223705

    Stella
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    Hoplite

    Incidentally Alpha Bank has a password which does not need to be changed, if you go with NBG you have to change the password every two months.  Piraeus Bank also has an online banking facility but although this is my own bank, I cannot cope with the website which incidentally is in both Greek and English.
    Good luck with whichever one you go for!

  • #223708

    jodevizes
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    Thanks for that NBG is out as I have trouble with one password without having to change it all the time. Good for security though.

  • #223709

    The Grocer
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    I may be alone in this comment but I had an account with ALPHA bank some years back and found them without exception to have the worst service possible, including extremely rude staff…..

  • #223718

    jodevizes
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    Oh dear, that is bad to hear, maybe I will try Pireaus then.

  • #223719

    brenda
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    I’ve been with Alpha for ten years, in Tripoli. No problems yet. Guess it just depends on where you are.

  • #223737

    russellsnr
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    Another vote for ALPHA bank. Been with them about 9 years and always helpful in my local branch on Rhodes

    Russ

  • #223738

    jodevizes
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    Well just tried to open at Alpha but was told I need to show what my annual pension is, although I showed them a letter from pension people stating the monthly amount I am getting, plus I have to go to a tax office to get another paper. I wish it were a little simpler.

  • #223740

    The Grocer
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    Probably need to quantify my comments as we must not “tar all with the same brush”..My experiences are related to the Kalamata branch  .

    Rules might have changed but when I opened my account with Eurobank I just showed my passport……..

  • #223741

    Shazzie
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    YES SAME HERE GROCER. Eurobank have been great with us.

  • #223742

    jodevizes
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    I think since the bank crisis it has all changed. You can only start a new bank account with 10000eurs.

    I guess this to keep the riff raff out oh and all the school leavers lucky enough to get a job.

  • #223744

    Stella
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    Yes, and the NBG would not accept the money in cash which surprised me.  It had to be shown to be imported from another country.  Years ago tax number, passport and a few euros were all that was required.  Now each bank has a different hoop through which to jump.  I have just had to renew my debit card with Piraeus.  I was asked for my retirement papers.  I don’t even know what they are!  Then I had to show my tax return which fortunately I had taken with me.  I queued at three different work stations and then for the atm to activate the card.  All this took up an entire morning.  Such is life here!

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