Opening an overseas account

Whether you are moving to a new place or interested in investing overseas, we're here to broaden your horizons to make sure you don't miss opportunities elsewhere.

Set up your account in advance

The process is simple and easy. Once we receive the required documents, we'll have your account opened within 2 days. We can also have your online banking, debit cards, credit cards and cheque books ready and delivered to your home or an address at your destination - just to keep your checklist as short as possible.

 

Why HSBC?

  • Available in more than 30 countries and territories

    Find the type of account that best match your needs for different currencies

  • Global View Global Transfer

    Manage your worldwide HSBC accounts with one single log-on, and make real-time transfers between the accounts no matter where you are

  • Transferring your credit history

    Give yourself a head start and have your credit established at your destination

  • Premier in one, Premier in all

    Enjoy the same status in your destination if you are a Premier customer

 

Ready to open your overseas account?

  • Complete the form or chat with our live agent for any enquiries
  • We'll contact you when we receive your request
  • You'll be asked to provide required documents
  • Account will be opened in 2 days

FAQ

You can open an international account in more than 30 countries and territories around the world.

By contacting the branch or your relationship manager, we'll guide you through completing your application forms and help you set up your account. You'll also receive a checklist of required documents* that you need to take to the branch if you are planning to open your account before you arrive at your destination.

Our live chat service and International Banking Centre teams can also assist you if you have any questions about your application.

*Additional documents may be required, subject to qualification, status, local laws and regulations.

You can use our live chat service if you have any questions about account opening.

If you're our existing customer, you can also send us a call-back request form, contact your relationship manager or go to your nearest branch for more details.

The following list contains phone numbers of our International Banking Centre teams who can assist you as you apply for your international accounts:

 
  Country or region
IBC Number
1
Australia
1 300 131 623 or International: 61 2 9005 8129
2 Bahrain
80008018 or International: +973 1756 9646
3 Bermuda
1 441 299 5878
4 Canada
1 888 280 4722 (Toll free North America) or International: 1 604 419 4169
5 China
800 820 8828 or International: +86 400 820 8828 or +86 21 3888 8828
6 Egypt
0800 000 4722 (Toll free) or International: +2 02 2529 8129
7 France
08 10 815 819 or International: 0033 155 697 454
8 Hong Kong
852 2233 3888
9 India
1 800 200 1015 (Toll free) or International: 91 80 30014500
10 Jersey
+44 1534 616 055
11 Malaysia
1300 80 2288 (Toll free) or International: 603 83215333
12 New Zealand
0800 338 383 (Toll free) or International: 64 9 368 8655
13 Oman
800 77722 (Toll free) or International: 968 24 950604
14 Philippines
1 800 1888 9101or International: 632 581 8410
15 Qatar
4438 3555 or International: 974 4438 3555
16 Singapore
1 800 216 7450 (Toll free) or International: 65 6216 7450
17 Sri Lanka
94 11 464 1888
18 UAE
800422 or International: 97145077701
19 UK
44 207 991 7414
20 USA
1 877 850 4722 (Toll Free) or International: 9 001 716 841 0613

 

In addition to the above destinations, we also offer international account opening services in the following countries or territories : Argentina, Armenia, Brunei, Greece, Indonesia, Macau, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Turkey and Vietnam. If you’re interested in opening an account in any of these countries, please contact your relationship manager or get in touch with our live chat agent who’ll be happy to help you.

To find out what are the required documents, you can use our live chat service, contact your relationship manager, or visit your nearest branch.

The documents may include:

  • Proof of ID
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of income documents

Other additional documents may be required, subject to qualification, status, local laws and regulations.

If you're a Premier customer, there are no charges. If you're a non-Premier customer, you can find information on fees and any other charges by using our live chat service or contacting your nearest branch.

Once you’ve submitted your application and supporting documents, it will take 2 days for your account to be opened. This is also subject to status, and local laws and regulations.

Your relationship manager or our International Banking Centre will let you know if there are any country- or region-specific regulations during your application process.

You can open an account in more than 30 countries or regions around the world, subject to qualification, status, local laws and regulations.

There are many reasons for you to open an international account. This may include relocating to a new country, moving your finances globally, preparing for overseas education, managing investments from abroad or planning your mortgage.

You’ll receive your debit cards, credit cards and cheque books when your account is opened. This is subject to status, and local laws and regulations. We'll then contact you with further information and PIN details. You'll also receive a welcome call from our International Banking Centre to answer any questions you may have.

Yes. You can choose the delivery address when filling in your application form. This is also subject to status, and local laws and regulations.

No, you don't. We offer accounts that support multiple currencies and you can easily manage your finances wherever you are. Here's a list of the currencies supported by accounts in different destination countries or regions.

 
Destination countries or regions
Account currency
Canada CAD, USD, EUR, GBP, HKD
Singapore AUD, CAD, CNY, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, CHF & USD
Australia CAD, CNY, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, SGD, CHF & USD
Malaysia AUD, CAD, CNY, EUR, GBP, HKD, JPY, NZD, SGD, CHF & USD
UAE AED, USD, GBP, EUR

Yes, you can. However, we advise you to contact your home branch to begin the process and book an appointment with a branch at your destination.

Remember to take your required documents. You can find out what you need to bring by speaking to the branch staff ahead of your appointment.

  

Let us help you further

Moving your finances globally 

No matter where you go, we'll make sure managing finances and trading currencies are easy and straightforward.

Managing investments from abroad 

With our global presence and local expertise, we'll bring you the world of opportunities to expand your investment portfolio.

Preparing for overseas education 

From planning to funding education overseas, we'll help you secure the best opportunities for your children.

Relocating to a new place 

With our extensive network and local expertise around the world, we're ready to help you settle down at your destination.