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How to apply for an account overseas

Whether you're moving, retiring or studying outside the UK, see how we can help you open an account in another destination.

Why open an overseas account with us?

Manage your money easily across borders and make the most of your finances, wherever you are.

  • Open another account in over 20 destinations, from within or outside the UK
  • Settle in with a credit card in your new destination
  • Manage all your accounts from one place online, and make fee-free transfers between them if you're a Premier or Advance customer
  • Enjoy the same HSBC Global Private Banking and Premier privileges in eligible markets

How to open an overseas account

1. Check you can apply

We can help you open an account in a number of destinations before you leave the UK. Different eligibility criteria will apply depending on where you want to open an account. We'll ask you to check you meet these before applying.

2. Complete your application

Complete an online form and, if required, book a phone appointment with us.

3. Verify your documents

Once you've completed your application, we'll ask you to verify your documents such as ID and proof of address.

Things to know

Who can apply?

You can apply online before you leave the UK for an account in certain countries and regions. If you're 18 or over, currently living in the UK and have an HSBC UK current account, you can complete the online form, then book a follow-up phone appointment with us to complete your application.

Any international account is subject to qualifications, status and local country or region laws and regulations.

Available countries and regions

  • Australia
  • HSBC Expat (Offshore banking services)
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Singapore
  • UAE
  • USA


Need an account somewhere else? 

If you need an account in another destination, Get started to find out how to apply when you get there.

Ready to open an overseas account?

Simply select your current location and where you would like to open an overseas account. We'll then tell you the best way for you to apply and walk you through the steps.

If you're having trouble with your application, we're here to help.

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