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In Poland, Can I cash an American Check?


scorpio 20 | 188
15 Dec 2010 #1
Hi,

I would like to write an American check to draw money from my U.S. based bank account, is this possible? There is a Citibank in a city near me, however, I don't have an account there. Would they cash a check for me anyway, and if so, what type of fee would they charge me for a $1,000 check? Thanks for any opinion.
SeanBM 35 | 5,808
15 Dec 2010 #2
I cashed a check from Ireland here in Poland about 9 years ago and it took three and a half months to clear and I had to have an account.

The system here really just jumped the whole check thing and went straight in to cards and internet banking.

I don't know if anything has changed since.
trener zolwia 1 | 940
16 Dec 2010 #3
Do you have a Citibank account in the states? If so the branch in Poland should be just like going to a branch here.

The system here really just jumped the whole check thing and went straight in to cards and internet banking.

This is somewhat interesting.
Zed - | 195
16 Dec 2010 #4
Luckily we never seriously got into the primitive system of checks/checking accounts. Just wire your money to here. It will be quicker and costs (most likely) comparable.
guesswho 4 | 1,289
16 Dec 2010 #5
I cashed a check from Ireland here in Poland about 9 years ago and it took three and a half months to clear and I had to have an account.

yep, it sounds about right. We had the same problem.
convex 20 | 3,978
16 Dec 2010 #6
I cashed a US check at a Citibank in Prague a couple years back. Took about a week and cost just under $10. Might want to give Citibank here a call and ask. Let us know how it goes.
Mary1990
28 Mar 2011 #7
Merged thread:
How much time does it take to cash a USA check at a bank in Poland?

Hi everyone,

I am an american girl living in Poland and for my work in United States, I get paid
through US check.
I have no experience with polish banks, I heard that it can take between 3 weeks and 3 months
to get the money from the check?

Which bank is the most reliable and will help me cash the check in the shortest period of time?

And not very high fees maybe?

What do you recommend?

thank you very much
Mary
Ro1979
24 Mar 2015 #8
Hi Mary, I know this is an old post; but I wonder if you where able to cash US checks in Poland, since I face the same question now. If you were able, where, how, how much?

Thanks in advance!

Cheers!
GCM
25 Mar 2015 #9
If you have a CitiBank account in the US, you can just scan it then send it to yourself using Citi Global Transfers.. As people mentioned it does take a few weeks to months...

Keep in mind CitiBank in the US is "different" than CitiBank in Europe, the systems don't necessarily talk with each other.
Poleboy765 - | 66
8 Aug 2016 #10
That would be a huge issue traveling then.
cms 9 | 1,271
31 Oct 2016 #11
Just reviving this one ! I have got a check for 80 dollars from the state treasurer - an old amount of money owed to me by my alma mater :) I will not be back in the US until Spring - is there a way to quickly deposit that in a Polish bank or should I just leave it at the bottom of my suitcase ?
smurf 39 | 1,981
31 Oct 2016 #12
I've cashed cheques from Ireland; just left it in the bank, took a week to clear.
Wincig 2 | 222
31 Oct 2016 #13
If it's a check for 80 USD, leave it at the bottom of your suitcase. Chances are that if you deposit it with a Polish bank, they will charge you a substantial portion of the face value in fees for processing and clearing it!
Sparks11 - | 335
31 Oct 2016 #14
Yeah, It's still a horrible pain to deposit even cashier's checks here. For 80 bucks don't bother.


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