Relocating your current account

Whether you're emigrating, retiring, studying or working abroad, or just need an overseas account, we’ll help you open a new account in five easy steps.

Overseas account opening
  • Account set up in advance If you’re moving abroad, you can open your new account before you leave so it’s all set up when you arrive
  • Free reviewWe’ll review your international needs to ensure your banking needs are covered
  • Over 45 countries Open an account in over 45 countries including; Australia, France and Hong Kong
  • Credit history transferBy transferring your HSBC credit history, you can continue your banking relationship with us (subject to qualifications, status and local country laws and regulations)
  • Fast serviceOnce the overseas country receives your completed application and supporting documentation, your new account will be opened in 10 days for Premier and 15 days for Non-Premier.(Subject to status and local laws).

Alternatively, if you're moving to the UK and already bank with us:

- We can get your accounts up and running before you arrive
- An International Banking Centre will help set up your accounts
- We may be able to transfer your credit history to the UK

Contact your branch in the country you live in and ask them to arrange an appointment at your nearest International Banking Centre.

Five steps to opening an account abroad

Please note, a charge of £100 will apply. This is free for HSBC Premier customers and reduced to £50 for those holding HSBC Advance, Student and Graduate accounts, as well as customers under 18 years of age.

1. Contact us

Get in touch and start your application at least a month before you're due to move.

* Lines are open 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday and Saturday 10am to 3pm.

  • Wait for a call back
    We’ll call you within 24 hours to discuss your needs, send the relevant forms for you to fill out and a checklist of what documents you’ll need to bring to your local branch in step 3.

2. Complete your application

Set aside 10 - 15 minutes to complete the application form for your chosen country.

  • Get your documents ready
    You’ll need your passport and annual income information to hand

Please note, if you have any questions you can call our international specialists who will help you complete the form over the phone.

3. Submit your application

Our international specialists will make an appointment for you at your local branch so we can verify your documents.

What you'll need to do

  1. Bring your required documentation (including the checklist sent to you in step 1)
  2. Sign your application form in branch

Please note, international account opening requirements vary from country to country and many require copies of your current formal identification documents. Our international specialists will advise you on what you’ll need to bring.

4. Account opens

You can expect your new account to be opened within 10 days for Premier customers and 15 days for non-Premier customers of your chosen country* receiving your application and supporting documents.

You will receive your new debit cards and cheque book shortly after your account has been opened.

*Subject to qualification, status and local laws/regulations in your destination country.

5. Welcome

Once you arrive abroad, you’ll receive a welcome call from your local branch. They’ll make sure you have everything you need and answer any questions you may have.

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