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Opening an account abroad

All you need to know about getting your account and finances ready for your new adventure

Need to open an account in another country or region?

Make the most of your finances, no matter where life takes you. Whether you are an expat moving to a new country or region or looking to manage your commitments back home, we can help.

International banking support

Talk to your Relationship Manager for your international banking needs.

Opening an account in another country or region

Whether you are moving to a new place, or have financial commitments in your home country or region we are here to help you set up your account in advance.

The process is easy and simple. You will have contacts from International Services who would support you with the end to end journey of account opening, guide you with the required documents and deliver account tools to you.

Why HSBC ?

  • available in more than 17 countries and regions
  • Global View of HSBC Accounts and Global Transfers1

Managing of worldwide HSBC account with one single log-on and instant transfers between the accounts in a range of currencies with no transfer fees. 

  • Premier in one, Premier in all

If you are a premier customer, you can automatically be eligible for Premier account in other countries or regions where premier is offered.

Find out how HSBC Premier can help you.

When you open a Premier Account, you open the door to a range of prestigious Premier services. And you can access them and our support any time, from anywhere in the world

  • automatic HSBC Premier status in all countries / regions where you bank with HSBC
  • access to all your global HSBC Premier accounts online in one place with instant foreign exchange transfers1 through GV/GT1
  • account opening before you arrive at your destination2
  • next day replacements for your cards if they're lost or stolen, along with a cash advance of up to USD 2,000 each day - more if you have the funds in your account

Opening an account in the UAE as a foreign national

Before you get here

To make your move to the UAE as easy as possible, we can set up your account before your arrive. This means we'll:

  • talk you through what you need to do to get an Emirates ID
  • take copies of the documents we'll need
  • carry out our internal checks

Once you arrive

We're here to help from the moment you set foot in the UAE. It starts with our complimentary 'meet and greet' service at Dubai International Airport. Then we'll:

  • meet you to finalise your account set up
  • open your account
  • issue your debit card

Your account can be fully utilized as soon as you get your Emirates ID.

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Staying connected to home is what matters most, so we have made banking more convenient and efficient for you.

1Global Transfers is only available for Jade, Premier and Advance customers. Global Transfers are effected instantly (typically within 6 seconds from submitting the required information) for supported currencies. See a list of supported currencies. Exceptionally, in circumstances outside of our control, it may not be possible to effect your transfer through Global Transfers, in which case you should contact our Customer Services or use another way to effect your transfer. Live foreign exchange rates are refreshed every 120 seconds in Global View and Global Transfers during international weekdays (Monday - Friday). On international weekends (Saturday and Sunday), or when the currency markets are closed, live foreign exchange rates are not available and rates will remain unchanged until the next international working day.

2Applies to countries and regions where HSBC Premier is available.

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