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Moving money to Sri Lanka

Investing in Sri Lanka or making money transfers home.

I'd like to view, manage and transfer money between global accounts.

Keeping you closer to home

Stay connected with your family more easily, no matter the distance. With HSBC Premier, you can make international fund transfers for free and enjoy your Premier banking privileges from anywhere in the world.

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You'll automatically be recognised as an HSBC Premier customer, no matter where you bank with us. That means you can access Premier support and services even when you're abroad.

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With HSBC Global View and Global Transfer, you can see all your HSBC accounts worldwide at a glance and move funds between them immediately, without any charges.

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Your family will be able to make local currency transfers between banks online or on mobile, for free. That way, you can pay bills and settle credit cards instantly, from the safety of home.

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An incentive scheme by the Government of Sri Lanka which allows you to earn an additional LKR 2 for every dollar (USD) (or equivalent in foreign currency) when converting it to Sri Lankan Rupees (LKR).

Investing in Sri Lanka

Get unparalleled support in managing your finances, locally and globally. With HSBC Premier, you can enjoy dedicated assistance from our team of experts on investing in Sri Lanka.

Maximize your inward remittances with an HSBC Special Deposit Account

Pursuing our promise of borderless banking, we give you exclusive rates, higher flexibility and unparalleled services for your inward remittances. Our Special Deposit Account is supported by the stability of an international banking network to help you make the most of your foreign currency deposits.

Features and benefits

  • Preferential rates for deposits placed on 6 and 12-month maturity tenures.
  • Can be opened and maintained in any designated foreign currency or in Sri Lankan Rupees.
  • May be held as joint accounts if all parties meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Freely convertible and repatriable abroad upon maturity.


Inward remittances in foreign currency received by an HSBC account holder, as an international payment through the  banking system, in line with regulatory guidelines.

Please speak to your Relationship Manager or visit the nearest HSBC Branch for application.

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Grow your wealth with us

With our global presence and local expertise, we can unlock a world of opportunities for you when it comes to expanding your investment portfolio.

You can open an Inward Investment Account (IIA) with us at your local branch.

Why bank internationally with HSBC

Presence in over 64 countries and territories

World's leading international bank over 150 years of history

Expert guidance, anytime, anywhere

International banking at your fingertips

Managing investments from abroad with IIA

Open your HSBC Premier Inward Investment Account (IIA) today and start trading with the Colombo Stock Exchange to upgrade your global ambitions, from anywhere in the world.

With a convenient and hassle-free process in place, HSBC facilitates all your documentation requirements with your stockbroker, ensuring a seamless trading experience.

Features and Benefits

  • Can be opened and maintained in any designated foreign currency or in Sri Lankan Rupees.
  • May be held as joint accounts if all parties meet the eligibility criteria.
  • Freely convertible and repatriable abroad upon maturity.
  • An internationally valid Debit Card will enable you to spend and have access to your money wherever you are in the world.

Investment categories

  • Investing in shares
  • Government Securities (inclusive of Treasury Bills, Treasury Bonds and any other Securities issued by the Government of Sri Lanka)
  • Immovable properties or listed debt Securities
  • Obtaining units in Unit Trusts or Mutual Funds
  • Purchasing Sri Lanka Development Bonds (SLDBs)
  • Term deposits in, Sri Lankan Rupee or any designated Foreign Currency

Set up an IIA account with HSBC Sri Lanka

  • Open your account overseas without leaving the country through the assistance of HSBC group office
  • Free account opening in Sri Lanka

Please speak to your Relationship Manager for additional details

Please note:

Inward Investment Accounts (“IIA”)

You are solely responsible for making your own independent IIA investment related decisions. Neither HSBC nor any of its affiliates and subsidiaries are responsible for providing you with investment advice and/or will not conduct any IIA investments/ transaction/s on your behalf and you should make your own arrangements in respect of this accordingly. 

HSBC shall not accept liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss arising from conducting IIA investments and/or transactions.

HSBC Premier eligibility criteria

To apply for HSBC Premier, you'll need to:

  • Maintain a total relationship balance of LKR10 Million deposit in Current/Savings/Time deposit accounts. This balance could be maintained in rupees or foreign currency equivalent to rupees or a combination.

If you're an HSBC Premier customer in another country/region, you're already eligible to join Premier in Sri Lanka - simply speak to your Relationship Manager.

Apply for HSBC Premier now

You don't need to visit a branch to open an HSBC Premier account. You could open your account from the safety and comfort of your home. Simply sign your account opening documents from anywhere, anytime and on any device securely with Live Sign.

HSBC Livesign is powered by Adobe, which is a cloud based service that replaces the ink and paper based signature process, with a fully automated electronic signature workflow.

By phone or email

At a branch

You can also download the HSBC Premier application form, fill it out and bring it to your nearest branch.

Below balance fee

Please note that a below balance fee of LKR3,000 applies for each month that:

  • your Total Relationship Balance is less than LKR10 million

Let us help you further

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to learn more about moving to Sri Lanka

Learn how we can help you, no matter if you're returning home or relocating for work.

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