Switch your bank account to us

Earn up to £168 or £252 for switching

If you switch to us, and make sure you’ve turned on Barclays Blue Rewards by 30 November 2019, you’ll pocket double rewards for a year – that’s up to £168 1.

You’ll get even more if you’re eligible for Premier – we’ll give you triple rewards for a year. That’s up to £252 2.

To take up these offers, you’ll need to do a full switch using the Current Account Switch Service.

You can switch even if you’ve already got a current account with us.

How it works

The Current Account Switch Service

The Current Account Switch Service is a free service that lets you switch a current account from one participating bank or building society to another – in 7 working days. It’s designed to be simple and stress-free, and the full switch option is backed by the Current Account Switch Guarantee. As part of the full switch, we transfer all your payment orders in and out (such as salary and Direct Debits) to your new Barclays account, and also set up a payment redirection for any credits or debits from your old account for a minimum of 3 years.

Step 1: Open your new account online. Or visit a branch if you already have a Barclays current account
Step 2: Give us a few details and choose a full or partial switch
Step 3: We set it all up and tell you when it’s done

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How to switch

If you already bank with us, you can switch in your app3 or in a branch. You’ll need to be registered for our app before you switch.

If you’re new to banking with us, you can switch online or in a branch. You’ll need to open a current account first. If you switch using our website, we’ll need to verify your identity in branch within five days.

Day one–two

We’ll contact your old bank and we’ll be in touch to confirm your switch is underway.

Day three

We’ll send you a letter to confirm the date of your switch and confirm your old bank has agreed to it.

Day four–six

We’ll be in touch to keep you updated.

Day seven

We’ll be in touch to let you know your switch is complete.


Full switch

With a full switch, we'll move all your regular credit and debit payments, such as Direct Debits, standing orders, bills and your salary, to your new Barclays account.

We’ll then close your old account for you and set up a payment redirect from your old account to your new Barclays one for a minimum of 3 years.

A full switch is covered by the Current Account Switch Guarantee. After you apply, you'll have 5 working days to visit one of our branches and confirm your identity so the switch can start. The process completes 7 working days after you’ve done this.


Partial switch

With a partial switch4, you’ll need to contact your old bank for a list of your debit payments for the account you're switching from. Then, let us know which ones you’d like us to move to your Barclays account. We’ll switch these for you but we won't be able to switch any individual future-dated payments.

We’ll leave your old account open and you'll need to arrange the transfer of any credit payments (eg, your salary) to your new Barclays account. It takes longer than 7 working days and isn't covered by the Current Account Switching Guarantee.

  • Arranged Overdrafts

    Bank accounts that include an overdraft can switch using the Current Account Switch Service. If you’d like to have an arranged overdraft with us, please speak to a member of staff before starting your switch. We will be able to advise if you’re eligible for an arranged overdraft, dependent on your lending criteria and subject to status.

    Funding limits

    A funding limit is the maximum amount you'd like us to transfer to your old bank to clear an overdraft or overdrawn balance. You'll need to deposit this amount into your Barclays account, or have an overdraft in place with us for the day of the switch.

    We'll transfer an amount up to the funding limit you’ve chosen to your old account. You'll be able to change this amount up until 5pm on day 6 of the switch by coming into a branch. We'll need to agree to the amount and it needs to be enough to clear any overdrawn balance or overdraft so we can close your old account.

    Completed applications

    You can use your Barclays account as soon as you open it. We'll contact you to let you know when the switch is complete. When it is, any money coming from your old account will be available.

    Rejected applications

    Your switch could be rejected if the personal details you give us when opening your Barclays account don't match those held by your old bank.

    If you think your details might be out of date, you’ll need to update them with your old bank. Also, if you apply for a full switch, you have 5 working days to visit one of our branches and confirm your identity. If you don't do this, the switch process can't go ahead.

    If your switch is rejected, you can re-apply, but  you should make sure you've taken the necessary steps to ensure it doesn't fail again.

  • Will you need a paper-based switch service?

    The quickest way to switch to us is online, using the full switch option. Some banks don’t offer a full switch – these include Bank of England, Brown Shipley, Citibank NA, ING Bank NV, Secure Trust Bank, Silicon Valley Bank, Turkish Bank (UK) Ltd, EFG, Prepaid Financial Services and RBS. Instead, you can use our Paper-based Switching Service (this can take a minimum of 12 working days), or you can continue with the partial switch.

    If your bank is signed up to the full switch service, you won’t be able to do a paper-based switch.

    If you choose a paper-based switch, you’ll need to print and complete the form 1.13 MB5 and then return it to us.

    Please note

    • If you are requesting a balance transfer and closure of your old account, then you need to take the form to a Barclays branch in person, to help protect against online banking fraud. You will need to take either a valid driver’s license or passport, as well as either a bank statement or a utility bill detailing your address, dated within the last 3 months
    • If you are requesting to transfer your Direct Debits and standing orders only, then the form can be returned to us by post without the need to visit a branch

    This form can also be used for switching currency accounts within the UK. You’ll need to include all relevant information (including any named people on the account) and sign it. We’ll return it to you if it’s incomplete and will only begin the switch once we’ve received the right information.

    How it works

    We’ll arrange a transfer of your Direct Debits, standing orders, your remaining balance and, if you tell us to, we’ll transfer your incoming and other outgoing payments from your old bank or building society to your new account – we’ll then contact your old bank to close your account with them.

    In the meantime, you should keep enough money in your old account to cover any regular fees or payments you may have.

    Any other payments

    If you’ve set up regular payments from your debit card, you’ll need to update your payment details to those on your new Barclays debit card number – as we can’t transfer debit card payments.

Rewards that keep rewarding you

Barclays Blue Rewards are our way of saying thanks for banking with us. Every month, we’ll give you £3.50 for each of your first two paid Direct Debits, as well as an extra £5 if you have a mortgage with us – plus up to £3 more if you take out home and contents insurance. You just need to pay at least £800 into your account each month and pay a £4 monthly fee.

You can get double rewards for a year if you switch to us and make sure you’ve turned on Barclays Blue Rewards by 30 November 2019, or triple rewards for a year if you switch to Premier.


Already got a current account with us?

Switch in our app

You can switch to us using the Barclays app, if you’re registered – it’s quick and easy.
All you need is your old bank and card details and we’ll do the rest.

If you’re eligible, you can upgrade to Premier and get triple rewards. Call us on 0800 197 1059 6 once you’ve switched. Lines are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.

Visit us in a branch

It’s easy to switch in our app – but if you don’t have it, just visit one of our branches.

Don’t have a current account with us?

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