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Moving Overseas

Financial services for wherever life takes you

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

Planning your move

Stepping into the unknown can be a big leap. We'll guide you through with our local knowledge as you start to explore the country/region and learn about the new culture.

Need to open an account overseas?

You don't need to visit a branch to open an HSBC International Account. Simply sign your account opening documents from anywhere, anytime and on any device securely with Live Sign.

How we can help you

  • Have a better understanding on international life?
    Our Expat Explorer Survey gives a glimpse of what international life is like and helps you understand what it feels like to be abroad.
  • Looking for a job?
    Browse Expat Cities to see what people think is the best thing about the city they live in across culture, work, life and leisure, and see which place suits you the most.
  • Managing your home account from abroad?
    Our Online Banking and Global View Global Transfer allow you to easily manage HSBC accounts wherever and whenever you want.
  • Want to know more about the country/region?
    Our Country Guides offer practical advice on what to expect and how you could prepare for the move.
  • Moving with your children?
    Living in a new country/region inspires people to explore and be adventurous. Find out more on Expat Family to see what new opportunities you and your family will have with this exciting experience.
  • Looking for property abroad?
    Our Global Real Estate report gives you an overview of the property market of different cities that you may be interested in - whether it's for finding a home or overseas investment.

Popular destinations

What we offer

  • Available in more than 30 countries/regions
    Find the type of account that best match your needs for different currencies.
  • Global View and 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 country/region.
  • If you are an HSBC Premier customer, you can enjoy the same status in your destination country/region as a Premier customer.

Opening an account overseas

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

Set up your overseas account in advance

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

HSBC International account eligibility criteria

To apply for an International bank account, you'll need:

  • Normal Savings/Current Account – Maintain a minimum balance of LKR500,000 in a Savings or Current Account.
  • If you are an HSBC Premier customer, you will need to maintain the applicable total relationship balance of LKR10 million and enjoy the same status in the destination country/region.

Apply for HSBC International account now

You don't need to visit a branch to open an HSBC International 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.

Fees and charges

Fees Non-Premier Premier
Local handling fee LKR10,000 FOC
Below balance fee LKR1,500 LKR3,000

Fees and charges

Fees Local handling fee
Non-Premier LKR10,000
Premier FOC
Fees Below balance fee
Non-Premier LKR1,500
Premier LKR3,000

Important notice

  • For an HSBC Premier Account:

This is subject to the local age requirement for ATM card service.

To apply for a supplementary card, the parents are required to be the primary cardholders of Premier MasterCard credit card and the children are required to be aged 16 or above.

Overseas mortgages and overseas account opening applications will be handled and processed by overseas HSBC group entities directly and will be subject to the approval of the overseas HSBC group entities responsible for the areas in which the property is located.

Subject to prevailing foreign exchange regulations in Sri Lanka.

  • For a normal account:

HSBC account opening terms and conditions will apply.

This is subject to the local age requirement for ATM card service.


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