Whether you're emigrating, retiring, studying or working abroad, or need an international account to help you facilitate your banking overseas, we are here to help.
If you are applying for an account overseas you need to be an existing customer of HSBC UK. Any overseas account is subject to the terms and conditions applying to the account locally in that overseas country.
If you are moving abroad you can open your new account before you leave so it’s set up when you arrive1.
We’ll review your international needs to ensure your banking needs are covered.
Open an account in 37 different countries including Australia, France and Hong Kong2.
By transferring your HSBC credit history, it’s even easier to continue your banking relationship with us2.
Once the overseas country receives your completed application your account will be open within 10 days3
1 Please allow 30 days prior to your departure, this will ensure you have time to prepare for your application appointment with our International Banking Centre.
2 Subject to qualifications, status and local country laws and regulations.
3 This may vary and is dependant on the local laws and regulations of your chosen country.
You'll need to start your application at least a month before you need to use your new account by either:
*Lines are open 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
If you have completed the online enquiry form you will receive a call within 24 hours to discuss your needs. The International Banking Centre will guide you through the necessary application form and checklist of what documents you need to bring to your local branch.
Please set aside 45 minutes to go through the application with an HSBC International Banking Specialist.
You'll need to get the following documents ready:
If you have any questions prior to the telephone application, you can call our international specialists who will help you.
Our International Banking Specialist will make an appointment for you at your local branch so we can verify your documents.
The specialist will guide you on what documentation is required alongside your application form. This will need to be signed in branch and verified by our branch staff.
You can expect your new account to be opened within 10 days once the overseas country receives your complete application and supporting documents. You will then receive your card, pin & cheque book shortly after.
You’ll also receive a welcome call from the International Banking Centre. They’ll make sure you have everything you need and answer any questions you may have.
Find out how to apply for an overseas account today
If you are applying for an account overseas you need to be an existing customer of HSBC UK. Your overseas application will be subject to the terms and conditions of the country in which you are applying for.
Please note, a processing fee 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.
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