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My grandaughters will be flying to the US for a visit from Germany.....their mother wants to send american dollars with them for spending money......I am concerned they may be lost or stolen on the long trip over......are there such things as traveler's checks available at German Banks that they could use instead......would appreciate any suggestions you may have......Thank you so much

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Supply them with a VISA or Mastercard debit (ATM) card. Most German banks will issue them. They then can get dollars at any US ATM machine. If they get a card from a bank in Germany that is affiliated with a US bank (like City Bank) there is no or a very small ATM charge.That's the way my German visitors usually handle their money transfers.

It is helpful if they have a small amount of dollars for their trip, best in small denominations in case they have to make a phone call, get a luggage cart at the airport, etc.

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I agree that the best way is using a credit card and holding small §bills ready . I think in the US credit cards are even more common than in Germany - you can even pay small bills, isn't it?

I use a debit card (VISA) from an online bank (ing-diba)


With this card you can get money at all ATMs with the VISA sign.

Outside the EU they charge a surcharge of 2% on the bank withdrawal.

Sure, you can buy traveller checks, but - in my opinion - that's to expensive and laborious.

Small $-bills are very helpful.

There is a special bank in Germany (Reisebank) where you easily can buy small $-bills and traveller checks. This bank operates on main train stations and airports. You don't need a bank account there, transaction goes via cash or Maestro card.


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