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International payments

You can make international payments using Barclays Online Banking, saving you time and giving you more control over how you manage your money.

 
 

 

Overview

Who can use the service?

If you're registered for Barclays Online Banking and use PINsentry, you can use our fast and efficient International Payments Service.

For added convenience, you can even save the beneficiary details. That way, it will be easier to send money to the same person next time.

Not yet registered for Online Banking? Don't worry, you can  Register now  

Making a euro payment?

If you're making a payment in euros to an account in the Single Euro Payment Area (SEPA) – the 27 EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – you may prefer to make a SEPA credit transfer.

It's cheaper than using our International Payment Service but your payment may take a little longer to arrive. You will also need the SWIFT Bank Identifier Code (BIC) and the International Bank Account Number (IBAN) of the account to which you are sending the money.

How will this affect the security of my account?

Your online security is our priority and these new services will be covered by the same rigorous protection we apply to all your Online Banking transactions.

So you'll need to use PINsentry to authorise each international payment.

Barclays Business Banking customers

If you're a Business customer, you can register for Online Banking by calling 0845 605 2345. You have the option of adding your business accounts to an existing Personal Online Banking membership or requesting a separate Business membership.

Confused about terms? Read the ‘Definitions’ tab.

IBAN Information

IBAN  stands for International Bank Account Number and it’s the standard format for identifying account numbers issued within Europe. You’ll find your IBAN on your bank statements. IBANs are used for nearly all international payments within Europe and a growing number of countries outside Europe are making their use mandatory.

To ensure all parties involved in European cross-border payments gained the benefits of IBANs, the European Union (EU) passed directives to enforce their use. When making International Payments in Euros within the EU or European Economic Area (EEA), you must provide the beneficiary's IBAN and the receiving bank’s SWIFT BIC (Bank Identifier Code). The use of IBAN and SWIFT BIC is mandatory for SEPA Credit Transfers and cross-border Euro payments within the EU and EEA.

When you arrange to receive cross-border payment from a EU or EEA country, you should provide the payer with your IBAN and your Barclays' SWIFT BIC (Bank Identifier Code). The SWIFT BIC for Barclays UK is BARCGB22. The BIC tells the overseas remitting bank the address to send your funds to.

We won’t charge you for processing payments received from EU/EEA countries in Euros for €50,000 or less providing they include your IBAN and SWIFT BIC details. There is currently no need to use IBANs for payments within the UK.

For more information about IBAN see the Sending and receiving payments to or from Europe in euros 210 KB

1 Please note: The SWIFTBIC and this IBAN generation tool cannot currently be used for accounts with Barclays Gibraltar and Cyprus - customers holding accounts in these locations should contact their account manager.

Information & charges

Timescales

Daily cut-off times vary according to the currency being sent.

UK, EU, North America Other European currencies
Same-day value:
  • Sterling: 14.30
  • Euro (these payments are known
    as SEPA Credit Transfers): 14.30
  • US dollars: 17.00
  • Canadian dollars 13.30
Same-day value:
  • Czech krone: 08.00
  • Danish krone: 08.00
  • Norwegian krone: 08.00
  • Polish zloty: 08.00
  • Swedish krone: 08.00
  • Swiss franc: 08.00
Next day value:
  • Hungarian forint: 15.00
Asia: Africa:
Next day value:
  • Japanese yen: 14.00
  • Hong Kong dollars: 09.00
  • Singapore dollars: 09.00
  • Thai baht: 09.00
  • Indian rupee: 15.00
  • Pakistan rupee: 15.00
2-day value:
  • UAE Dirhams: 08.30
Next day value:
  • South African rand: 08.00
  • Kenyan shilling: 15.00
Australasia:  
Next day value:
  • Australian dollars: 13.30
  • New Zealand dollars: 13.30
 

 

  Barclays charges Beneficiary bank charges
Payment
type
Timing Channel Barclays Missing SWIFTBIC/ IBAN Cover bank 1 Overseas delivery 1
SEPA 2 All All £15 N/A N/A N/A
International Standard Branch / Telephone £25 N/A Yes Yes
International Future-dated Branch / Telephone £25 N/A Yes Yes
International
(outside Europe)
Priority Branch / Telephone  £40 N/A Yes Yes
International
(Payments to Europe)
Priority Branch / Telephone £40 N/A N/A N/A
International All 3 Online £25 £7 Yes Yes

 

Exchange rates

You can either make a payment using the Barclays exchange rate of the day, which will be displayed as you process your payment, or you can book a rate in advance if you have a Banking Manager (Premier and Business customers) .

Please note that if you’re sending pound sterling, you won’t know the exchange rate being used by the receiving bank.
 

What you’ll need

To send money overseas, you’ll need to give us accurate information about the person or company receiving the money.  You may need to provide some or all of the following:

  • Bank Identifier Code (BIC) or SWIFT code
  • Bank Account number or International Bank Account Number (IBAN)
  • Full name
  • Bank address 

Some countries and currencies require specific information to be provided. Failure to do so may result in online payments being delayed or returned. Find out more in the ’country and currency list‘ tab.

Daily limits

Online payments daily transaction limits:
Personal: £10,000
Premier: £100,000
Business: £100,000

The limits above are the total limits to the amount you can send in a day. There are also limits to the amount you can send per transaction. 

Personal customers can send a maximum of £10,000 per transaction, which is also their daily transaction limit, but they can transfer up to £250,000 per day between their own accounts.

Business and Premier customers should refer to our Online Banking payment limits for full details.
 

Terms and conditions

All payments are subject to our standard terms and conditions . For your benefit, please read them before making a payment.

Country & currency list

You can now make online payments to 90 countries and in 60 different currencies.

View by country | View by currency 
 

Andorra India* Qatar
Antilles Ireland Romania
Australia* Israel San Marino
Austria  Italy Saudi Arabia*
Bahamas Jamaica  Singapore
Bahrain* Japan Slovakia
Barbados Jordan Slovenia
Belgium Kenya South Africa 
Belize Kosovo Spain*
Botswana Kuwait Sri Lanka
Bulgaria Latvia Swaziland
Canada* Lesotho Sweden
Cayman Islands Liechtenstein Switzerland
China Lithuania Tanzania
Croatia Luxembourg Thailand*
Cyprus Malawi Trinidad and Tobago
Czech Republic Malta Turkey*
Denmark Mauritius Uganda
East Caribbean Mexico* United Arab Emirates*
Egypt Monaco United Kingdom
Estonia Montenegro United States
Fiji Morocco Vanuatu
Finland Netherlands Vatican City
France New Zealand* Zambia
Germany* Norway French Guiana
Gibraltar Oman Guadeloupe
Greece Pakistan* Martinique
Hong  Kong Phillippines Reunion
Hungary Poland Mayotte
Iceland Portugal St. Pierre and Miquelon

 

*NB. Some countries and currencies require specific information to be provided and failure to do so may result in online payments being delayed or returned. These rules can be found below:

Payments to...
 
Must include...
Australia Requires a National Clearing Code (NCC)
Bahrain Requires a valid International bank account number (IBAN)
Canada Requires a National Clearing Code (NCC)
Germany Requires a valid SWIFTBIC
India Requires 'purpose of payment'  for all payments being sent in Indian rupees
Requires IFSC Code (used to identify the bank/branch in India) to be entered into the SWIFTBIC field
Equity/Share purchase payments require full KYC to be shared with BB India prior to sending payment. KYC details of remitter need to be sent to BB India by SWIFT.
Mexico Payments in Mexican New Peso require an 18 digit CLABE number to be entered into the Account number field.
New Zealand Requires a National Clearing Code (NCC)
Pakistan If a company is involved in remittance at either end, then payment requires purpose of remittance from beneficiary in Pakistan before releasing the funds.
Saudi Arabia A valid IBAN number to be quoted for the beneficiary.
Thailand Purpose of the payment is required for all payments, e.g. purchase of land.
Turkey Requires a valid International bank account number (IBAN)
United Arab Emirates Requires a valid International bank account number (IBAN)
US Dollar payments Requires a valid Federal Wire (FW) number (also known as ABA number or Routing number) to be entered into the NCC field.
 

You can now make an online international payment in the following 60 currencies:

View by country | View by currency

Currency Name Currency Name
AED UAE Dirhams LTL Lithuanian Litas
ANG Netherlands Antilles Guilder LVL Latvian Lev
AUD Australian Dollars MAD Morocco Dirham
BBD Barbados Dollar MUR Mauritius Rupee
BHD Bahamas Dollar MWK Malawi Kwacha
BSD Bahrain Dinar MXN* Mexican New Peso*
BWP Botswana Pula  NOK Norwegian Krone
BZD Belize Dollar NZD New Zealand Dollars
CAD Canadian Dollars OMR Omani Rial
CHF Swiss Franc PHP Phillippine Peso
CZK Czech Krone PKR Pakistan Rupee
DKK Danish Krone PLN Polish Zloty
EEK Estonia Krone QAR Qatar Rial
EGP Egyptian Pound RON Romanian Lei
EUR Euros SAR Saudi Arabian Riyal
FJD Fiji Dollar SEK Swedish Krone
HKD Hong Kong Dollars SGD Singapore Dollars
HRK Croatian Kuna SZL Swaziland Lilangeni
HUF Hungarian Forint THB Thai Baht
ILS Israeli Shekel TRY New Turkish Lira
INR* Indian Rupee*   TTD Trinidad and Tobego
JMD Jamaican Dollar TZS Tanzanian Shilling
JOD Jordanian Dinar UGX Uganda Shilling
JPY Japanese USD* US Dollars*
KES Kenyan Shilling VUV Vanuatu Vatu
KWD Kuwait Dinar XCD East Caribbean Dollar
KYD Cayman Island Dollar ZAR South African Rand
LKR Sri Lankan Rupee ZMK Zambian Kwacha
LSL Lesotho Loti    



 *NB. Some countries and currencies require specific information to be provided and failure to do so may result in online payments being delayed or returned. These rules can be found below:

Payments to...
 
Must include...
Australia Requires a National Clearing Code (NCC)
Bahrain Requires a valid International bank account number (IBAN)
Canada Requires a National Clearing Code (NCC)
Germany Requires a valid SWIFTBIC
India Requires 'purpose of payment'  for all payments being sent in Indian rupees
Requires IFSC Code (used to identify the bank/branch in India) to be entered into the SWIFTBIC field
Equity/Share purchase payments require full KYC to be shared with BB India prior to sending payment. KYC details of remitter need to be sent to BB India by SWIFT.
Mexico Payments in Mexican New Peso require an 18 digit CLABE number to be entered into the Account number field.
New Zealand Requires a National Clearing Code (NCC)
Pakistan If a company is involved in remittance at either end, then payment requires purpose of remittance from beneficiary in Pakistan before releasing the funds.
Saudi Arabia A valid IBAN number to be quoted for the beneficiary.
Thailand Purpose of the payment is required for all payments, e.g. purchase of land.
Turkey Requires a valid International bank account number (IBAN)
United Arab Emirates Requires a valid International bank account number (IBAN)
US Dollar payments Requires a valid Federal Wire (FW) number (also known as ABA number or Routing number) to be entered into the NCC field.
 

 

Definitions

SEPA – Single Euro Payments Area. Credit transfers that are non-urgent electronic payments sent in euros to any country within the Single Euro Payments Area (which contains all the EU countries plus Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland).

SWIFT – Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication.

BIC – Bank Identifier Code.

Important information

1. These only apply when you choose to 'pay all charges'. Cover bank and overseas delivery charges may be requested by foreign banks involved in the transfer. The charges are fees imposed by the foreign bank to process your payment. The amount of these charges can vary from country to country and even from bank to bank.
 
2. Euro payments to an account in the Single Euro Payment Area (the 27 EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway). SWIFT Bank Identifier Code (BIC) and the International Bank Account Number (IBAN) of the account you’re sending the money to must be provided.
 
3. All non-future dated payments made in Online Banking are treated as Priority at no extra charge.
 
4. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am-5pm. To maintain a quality service, we may monitor or record phone calls. Read our call charges and information .

 

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