Whether you’re emigrating, retiring, studying or working outside the UK, we’re here to help.

You might also need an international account to help with your banking outside the UK.

If you’re applying for an international account you need to have a current account with HSBC UK already. Any international account is subject to the terms and conditions which apply to the account locally in that country or region.


  • Free international account opening set up in advance
    If you are moving abroad you can open your new account before you leave so it’s set up when you arrive.
  • Free review
    We will review your international needs to ensure your banking needs are covered.
  • Available in over 30 countries / regions
    Open an account in over 30 different countries / regions including UAE, USA, Australia, France and Hong Kong SAR.

Subject to qualifications, status and local country or region laws and regulations

Ways to apply

You’ll need to start your application at least a month before you need to use your new account.

Book an appointment

Our UK-based specialists will discuss your needs and the next steps.

Completing your application

Please set aside 45 minutes to go through the application with an HSBC International Banking Specialist.

You will need to get the following documents ready:

  • passport
  • proof of address

We may need to see other documents, such as a visa, later.

Submitting your application

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. 

Account opening and welcome

You can expect your new account to be opened within 10 days once the overseas country or region receives your complete application and supporting documents. You will receive your card, PIN and cheque book shortly after.

You will 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.