Banking - HKPA
Open a bank account
If you first arrive in the UK, the first upmost necessity should be accommodation. It could be difficult to find a dream home in the UK as it may need a lot of time and effort to search for a house or a flat. These are some of the websites you can look at when you are searching for accommodation:
Traditional banks (Barclays, Lloyds and Santander)
Generally charge higher fees but come with investment banks and other high-end services
Newer banks (Metro Bank and NatWest)
Serve 7 days a week or offer more corporate services with lower fees
Virtual banks (Starling Bank, Monzo and Revolut)
Mainly for customer offers and rebates, international remittances and personal or commercial lending services
Documents needed to
open an account
Every bank is different with what documents they need to open a bank account. In general, some personal identification documents such as passport or ID card or address proof may be needed. It is better to check with the bank beforehand.
A personal current account usually comes with debit cards, which can be used in the UK for almost any daily consumption including:
All kinds of utilities
from Hong Kong
Transferring money between Hong Kong and the UK could be a problem. Some money transfer service providers such as Wise (formerly Transferwise) is available for that. It uses market’s intermediate exchange rate to send money for a lower fee, without the inconveniences such as the need to go to the bank to handle the remittance in person, higher fees, poor exchange rates and being kept awaiting for funds to be remitted when using bank wire transfers.
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