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ATM machines in Fortaleza Brazil

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ATM machines in Fortaleza Brazil

Are there many ATM machines in the tourist areas?

Do they offer English?

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1. Re: ATM machines in Fortaleza Brazil

I'm in Fortaleza now. Lots of ATMs. Which tourist areas? You mean the hotels in Meireles? Not all ATMs will accept foreign cards, of course. I have a Citibank debit card from the U.S. and have used ATMs at Citibank (there's just one), Banco do Brasil and Banco 24 Horas machines (often found in supermarkets and malls). When you put your card you may well get an option to have your instructions in Portuguese or English. You should get a notice of charges before you say go ahead with your transaction. I have a Citbank Gold account so don't pay extra charges, but when I've used other cards I've seen charges ranging form 8-12 Reais ($4-$6).. I have used my card at ATMs at the airport but know people avoid airport ATMs in most cities due to the chances of fraud (the one time I had a problem was at an ATM in a Sao Luis supermarket, and Citibank reimbursed me). I'd probably avoid using the ATM at the Mercado Central, just because of so many people standing around. Always check your account soon after using your ATM to make sure there hasn't been fraud.

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2. Re: ATM machines in Fortaleza Brazil

With a US ATM card, you need to use either HSBC or Banco 24 . There is only 1 Citibank in Fortaleza, in Aldeota. You can find Banco 24 in most big supermarkets and some pharmacies. Be sure to use a machine that has a guard nearby, as many ATMs that aren't guarded or in clear sight have scanners that can steal your info. That being said, I have used my Bank of the West ATM card for 3 years on and off in Fortaleza without any problems.

Unless something has just changed, you can't use a US card in Banco do Brasil, Santander, or Itau machines.

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I always use Banco do Brasil when in Brasil and it is great - no fees. There is a Banco do Brasil in the U.S. so of course it works fine! This is the biggest bank in Brasil I think , but my wife says Bradesco also is very easy to use.

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