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Foreign currency accounts

Bank in the currency of your choice

Make and receive foreign payments with our foreign currency accounts.

What you get

Reduced exchange rate risk

Your foreign currency account can help you save on exchange fees and avoid potential exchange rate loss.

Regular statements

You’ll receive statements as set out in your Retail Customer Agreement. The frequency of when you receive statements can be changed at any time. 

Free transfers between your Barclays accounts

There’s no fee for transferring money between your foreign currency account and your Barclays sterling current accounts.

How to apply

You’ll need a sterling current account with us. We also offer a currency deposit account [PDF, 212KB] in euro and US dollar.

New to banking with us?

Find out more about our current accounts – you’ll need one before you can apply for a foreign currency account.

Already bank with us?

To apply for an account, visit your nearest open branch. Please bear in mind that because of coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve had to temporarily close or change the opening hours of some of our branches, and you might not want to visit us.

You can also call our International Helpdesk on 03459 75 75 751, but please note that we’re receiving lots of calls at the moment so you may have to wait longer than usual.

  • Transfers and payments

    To transfer money to and from your foreign currency account, call us on 03459 75 75 75, or +44 191 541 2009 if you’re calling from abroad. Lines are open Monday to Friday 8am–6pm. To maintain a quality service, we may monitor or record phone calls. Call charges.

    To make a payment from your currency account to another company or individual, please visit your local branch.

    Statement frequency, certificate of interest and financial history reports

    Statements for your currency account will be sent to you as set out in your Retail Customer Agreement. The frequency of when these are delivered can be changed at any time.

    You can get a statement of interest by calling us. It shows interest details for an account for both a calendar and financial year, which is sometimes required for tax purposes. Financial history reports are also available on request and show more detail than a normal statement.2

    Closing your account

    To close a foreign currency account, please call us on the number above.

    Fee Information Document - Personal Currency Account