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International Payments

Send money outside the UK quickly and securely

Why choose HSBC to send money outside the UK?

We've made it quick and easy for you to send money outside the UK:

Making international payments:

  • Available 24/7 via online banking
    Send up to £50,000 or currency equivalent in a matter of minutes. We've also made it easy for you to set up future dated and recurring payments.
  • Simple fees
    There’s no fee if you’re paying in euros and it’s going to a country in the European Economic Area (EEA)
    .1  We won’t charge you either if you’re transferring to another HSBC account. Otherwise, you can send money online for just £4.
  • Exchange rate certainty
    With live rates updated by the second during market hours we'll provide you with our most up to date foreign exchange rate available, providing you with the certainty and visibility of how much you're sending.
  • Safe and secure
    Using your own bank means you'll have peace of mind knowing that your transaction is secure. Last year we helped our customers send over 1.3 million payments to over 150 different countries.

International Payments

Find out how to make a payment online

Send money confidently in local currency

Next time you're making an International Payment, why not consider sending it in the local currency? It’s easy to do and you’ll know exactly how much you’re sending with our up-to-date exchange rates.

How to send money outside the UK

When sending money to someone for the first time, to keep you safe we will ask you to authorise the transaction by generating a one-time transaction code on your Digital Secure Key or physical Secure Key. Using a Digital Secure Key means you only need your digital device to make payments. Find out how to upgrade to one here.

This is a security step that verifies your credentials. It also increases security against possible fraud attacks which can be potentially caused by malware.

If you set the payment up through the mobile banking app, you can authorise the transaction easily using biometrics (touch/faceID). If you set the payment up through online banking, you will need to generate a transaction code using your Secure Key. If you need any help, check out the below guides and frequently asked questions.

Steps to generate a transaction code if you are a Digital Secure Key user:

1. Go to your secure key and tap on the transaction tab.

 

On your Secure Key, enter the last 4 digits of the payee account number or IBAN.

2. Then input the whole unconverted* payment amount ignoring the decimal point.

 

e.g payee IBAN UK64HSBC4005A678 and amount £3000.15 should be input as 5678300015

3. Then use Touch/Face ID or your Digital Secure Key password to generate your transaction code.

 

Enter the 6-digit transaction code in Online Banking and select continue to complete your payment.

1. Press and hold the green button to turn your secure key on and enter your PIN.

 

When 'HSBC' shows on screen, press the yellow button.

 

On your Secure Key, enter the last 4 digits of the payee account number or IBAN, ignoring any letters or special characters.

2. Then input the whole unconverted* payment amount ignoring the decimal point.

 

Note: if you input more than 8 number they will dropping off to the left of the display.

 

e.g. payee IBAN UK64HSBC4005A678 and amount £3000.15 should be input as 567830015

3. Then press the yellow button to generate your transaction code.

 

Enter the 6-digit transaction code in Online Banking and select continue to complete your payment.

Make a payment online

Log on to online banking and:

  1. Select the account from where you want to make the payment and select 'Move Money'
  2. Enter payment details
  3. Follow the on-screen instructions
  4. Review and confirm your payment

Receiving money from outside the UK

Things you need to know before receiving a payment

The overseas bank sending the payment to you will need to know the following information about the account you wish to be credited – Providing this information will help to ensure that the payment happens as quickly as possible.

  • Your personal details
  • SWIFT Code
  • IBAN (International Bank Account Number) or account number
  • BIC (Business Identifier Code)

It’s possible for you to receive money into your account from outside the UK in either foreign currency or Sterling.

If money is received in a different currency to what your account is held in, we'll convert it using the most up to date HSBC Exchange Rate available before crediting it to your account.

Frequently Asked Questions

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