Setting up your bank account in Sigonella

Setting up your bank account in Sigonella

by Stripes Europe
Stripes Europe

Getting an account through an on-installation credit union or bank will eliminate headaches when paying bills, transferring money, making purchases, getting cash and managing funds between U.S. dollars and euros.

ON-INSTALLATION BANKING OPTIONS

Credit Unions

Credit unions are owned and operated by their members. Members’ savings are combined to create a pool of funds from which other members can borrow. Members then reap the rewards of their pooled investment income by gaining lower loan rates, higher savings rates and additional services.

Banks

Bank of America holds a contract with the Department of Defense to provide banking and financial services through approximately 67 Community Bank branch offices and 300 ATMs located around the globe.

  • NAS I: 624-9811
  • NAS II: 624-9331

Navy Federal Credit Union also provides an interactive banking service so that you can access your account anytime, anywhere.

  • Call toll-free: 00-888-842-6328.
  • For international, call: 00-703-255-8837.

CREDIT CARDS

  • Many Italian businesses, especially smaller businesses, do not take credit cards.
  • Always carry euros when off base.
  • There are sometimes transaction fees when using credit cards, so make sure You also have cash to avoid paying unnecessary fees.

BEWARE OF FEES

Search on and off the installation for the best ATM exchange rate at a reputable bank. Remember that transaction fees are usually added if you are not a member of the bank. 

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