- Jan 2, 2007
To the BlueArrow that started this Topic chain, I'm brand new to this site and started a Topic, "Need Assist in BA". I'm coming down in the next few months. You mentioned that you are not fluent in Spanish and that you got a temporary CUIL, before your DNI. When I come down, I don't want to walk around with cash and don't want to run up ATM charges on withdrawals, so I would like to open a local bank account. I've tried telephoning banks in Argentina to find out what I need to open an account, but it has been difficult to get telephone numbers that international calls will go through and if the call does go through, there are no English speaking representatives or I have called the wrong department in the bank. When I do get to BA, I will have a slight language barrier and probably not the proper required documentation. Did you use a local translator and I'd like to try to solve these problems before I arrive in BA? Thanks for any assistance.
Let me cut to the chase for you - you can't open a bank account without being a resident. You will hear vague stories of a friend of a friend that did. Ignore them - it didn't happen. Also, if you are from the US, you may not be able to open a bank account even if you are a resident because banks generally don't want to deal with the hassles of the FATCA requirements.