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Overseas account opening

We can help you set up your account in a few steps

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Set up your new account abroad

If you're thinking of investing, studying or working abroad, we can help you open an overseas account in more than 30 destinations around the world so you can start your international journey.

Why open an overseas account?

With an overseas account you can manage your accounts and bank seamlessly internationally:

  • Open an account for free before arriving at your destination 1

  • View all your worldwide HSBC accounts digitally in one place

  • Transfer your credit history to your new destination

  • Make instant global money transfers between eligible HSBC accounts

  • Enjoy the same HSBC Jade and HSBC Premier privileges in eligible countries/regions

How to open an overseas account

There are 3 ways to open an overseas account: through your local HSBC International Banking Centre before you move, online, or once you've arrived at your destination.

1. Open an account before you move

Your account abroad will be all set and ready to use, even before you arrive in your new country/region.

Step 1
Arrange a call back


Leave your details to let us know what you're looking for. We'll aim to call you on your preferred date and time.

Step 2
Complete your account application


Our International Banking Centre (IBC) will call you back to answer your questions and a dedicated case manager will help you complete your overseas account application.

Step 3
Verify documents at a branch


We'll book an appointment for you at your preferred HSBC branch to confirm your proof of ID and proof of address. Once verified, your new overseas account will be open in a few days.

2. Begin your application online

We're making it easier for you to open an account overseas. Looking to bank in Canada or the US, or offshore with an Expat (Jersey) account? You may be able to apply online if you meet the eligibility requirements below.

Open an overseas Canada account

If you're already an HSBC customer or moving to Canada, you can apply online. You'll be asked to upload supporting documents, so this journey is easiest to complete via a mobile device.

Looking to fast-track your study permit? Our GIC program helps you meet the banking requirements.

Open an overseas US account

If you're already an HSBC Jade client or HSBC Premier customer, or if you're eligible to open an overseas HSBC Premier account in the US, you can begin your application online.

Open an offshore Expat account

If you're already an HSBC Premier customer, or if you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply online for HSBC Expat and manage your offshore account from anywhere in the world.

3. Open an account once you've arrived

Or, you can choose to open your overseas account once you've arrived at your destination. Just book an appointment at a local HSBC branch and they'll open your account for you.

What happens next?

Once your account is open, you'll receive:

  • Your new debit card and/or cheque book at your home or new address
  • Further information and your PIN number
  • A welcome call from our International Banking Centre to answer any of your questions

Things to know for your country/region

Documents to get ready

You'll need your proof of ID and proof of address to complete your application. You may need additional documents, but these are subject to qualification status, local laws and regulations.

Our International Banking Centre can provide you with more information on the documents you'll need for your country/region.

Account charges

Account opening fees are waived for HSBC Jade and Premier customers. There are also no fees for moving money between your accounts using Global Transfers, and there are no annual account fees.

Please visit your local country or region's HSBC website for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

Ready to open an overseas account?

Leave your details on our quick form. We'll get in touch on your preferred time and date to answer your questions and help you open an overseas account.

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1 Eligibility criteria may apply.