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What You Need to Know About Banking in Mexico

June 23, 2016

Banking in Mexico is quite straightforward but it does come with some characteristics that are unique to the country. Click HERE to read more about living and investing in Mexico with Ron Morgan Properties.

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico - Whether living in Mexico as a full-time resident or visiting your vacation home in Puerto Vallarta, opening a bank account is a smart idea for numerous reasons including avoided costly currency exchange service fees, avoiding traveling with large sums of cash, and for the convenience that access to local banking provides.

The banking system in Mexico is quite straightforward but it does come with some characteristics that are unique to the country. Here is a quick overview of what you will need to know or inquire about when opening a bank account in Mexico.

Checking Accounts

These generally require a minimum balance to be left in your account. If your balance dips below the minimum balance, services charges will likely go up.

Most banks only offer a set number of free ATM withdrawals on checking accounts and subsequent withdrawals are subject to a service charge.

Savings Accounts

There are two types of savings accounts in Mexico: the first allows you to withdraw funds at any time while the second requires that you hold your savings for a set time before you are able to withdraw funds, generally a period between one month and a year.

Immediate withdrawal accounts generally pay minimal interest rates, while hold accounts generally offer a slightly better interest rate.

Both types of savings account generally require a minimum balance of around 1000 mn.

Investment Accounts

These accounts, which require a higher minimum balance (usually starting at 5000 pesos or more), allow account holders to buy and sell on the international stock markets.

USD Accounts

American dollar accounts are offered at most major banks but are only available for American or Canadian citizens or for corporations.

To open a Mexican bank account you will need valid photo identification (your passport is the best bet) and proof of address, like a current utility bill. And like with most things, it's wise to shop around before choosing your preferred bank as rates and services do vary.

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Ron Morgan Properties specializes in luxury real estate in the Marina Vallarta area and beyond to La Cruz de Huanacaxtle and Punta de Mita, as well as along the southern shores of Banderas Bay, from the Romantic Zone, Amapas and Conchas Chinas down to Mismaloya and even Costa Alegre. For more information, visit RonMorgan.net.

Click HERE to learn more about Ron Morgan Properties.