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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.

Manage your money – your way

You can access your UK foreign currency account with Online Banking. You can see your balance and recent transactions, view and download your statements, make international payments and transfer money between your accounts.

Transfers and payments 

You can make international payments or transfer money to and from your foreign currency account using Online Banking. If you don’t have it, we can transfer money for you – call us on 03459 75 75 75, or +44 191 541 2009 if you’re calling from abroad. Lines are open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm1.

You can also make a payment from your currency account to another company or person at your local branch.

Cash deposits and withdrawals

You can pay in or withdraw cash from your currency account in our UK branches. When you place an order for withdrawing cash, we’ll let you know when the money will be ready for collection.

How to apply

You’ll need a sterling current account with us to open a foreign currency account. We also offer a currency deposit account [PDF, 339KB] 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 account2.

Already bank with us?

To apply for an account, call our International Helpdesk on 03459 75 75 751 –  please bear in mind that we’re receiving lots of calls so you may have to wait longer than usual.

You can also visit your nearest open branch, but because of coronavirus (COVID-19), we’ve had to temporarily close or change the opening hours of some of our branches.