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International Payments

Making payments across borders and time zones ought to be easy. Whether you are making online payments in Sterling or in foreign currencies, we provide:

Online payments

  • Secure bank-to-bank transfers
  • Send money to almost any country in the world
  • Option to store details for repeat payments

To make regular payments in Euros, SEPA direct debits could be the most efficient way.

If you prefer to make your international payments at a branch, there are four ways to do it:

The quickest way of sending payments abroad, including in Euros, provided the beneficiary’s bank is in the European Economic Area (EEA).*

Payments in Euros can take one business day to arrive at the beneficiary’s bank, but will usually arrive on the business day on which we receive your instructions.*

Payments in other currencies, including Sterling, may take up to four business days to arrive at the beneficiary’s bank, but usually arrive within two to three business days of your instruction.**

For sending non-Euro payments abroad. Payments in sterling can take up to a maximum of 4 days to arrive with the beneficiary’s bank, but normally arrive within two business days.** Payments in EEA* currencies, other than Euro, can take up to four business days to arrive at the beneficiary’s bank, provided the beneficiary’s bank is in the EEA. Payments outside the EEA and/or in non-EEA currencies can take up to five business days to arrive at the beneficiary’s bank.

For planned Euro payments overseas and within the UK. Payments will arrive one business day after your instruction.*

You can have a bank cheque in Sterling or foreign currency issued directly to you, made payable to the person or company who receives the funds.

* EEA is the European Economic area, it includes: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

** Instructions made by bank form or letter may take an additional business day.

Guide to international payments

How to apply

Online

Send money abroad efficiently, in a way that suits your specific business needs. Log on or register for Internet Banking to make an international payment online.

On the phone

0345 072 5555

We are available Monday to Friday, 7:00am – 8:00pm; Saturday, 9.00am – 2.00pm, excluding UK Public Holidays.

In branch

Visit your local branch for information.

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