The quickest and most secure way of sending money to and receiving money from almost anywhere in the world.
Maybe you have family overseas and want to send them money or you might even be working or buying a house abroad. Whatever the reason, our International Payment services are fast, efficient and secure.
How much does it cost?
When sending money abroad, the following fees apply to each transaction:
- £9.50 when sending money via Internet Banking
- £19.50 via Telephone Banking and in branch.
When you make an international payment online you’ll pay our fee, and the person receiving the payment pays all other charges. This may result in the person receiving the payment receiving a lesser amount than you have sent, or these charges may be debited from their account separately. Other charging options are available in branch or via Telephone Banking. For more information, read the International Payments terms & conditions.
Find out more about sending money abroad.
If you are a current account customer, but don't use Internet Banking, why not register today?
Sending money abroad
Sending money overseas is simple – you’ll need the following information, depending on the destination:
- The BIC/SWIFT code and the IBAN (this replaces the account number). Please refer to our help & guidance page for a list of countries that you will need an IBAN for.
- For the rest of the world, the beneficiary name and bank details are needed.
|How to send money abroad with our International Payment service|
|Via Internet Banking||
1. Log in to Internet Banking and choose the bank account you wish to make a payment from. Click the ‘UK & International Payments tab, then the ‘International Payments’ sub-tab and follow the on-screen instructions.
If you're not registered for Internet Banking – register here.
View our demo for how to send money abroad.
|Via Telephone Banking||If you're registered for Telephone Banking, just call 08457 21 31 41 (+44 131 339 2573 if calling from outside the UK). Lines are open 8am to 8pm seven days a week.|
|In branch||Call into your nearest branch and talk to us.|
Once you’ve set up a new recipient we save the details - this means there's no need to enter them again in future when you want to send money to the same place online.
Receiving money from abroad
Transfers to your Bank of Scotland account can be received in foreign currency or sterling. Payments received in foreign currency are converted into sterling and credited to your account. To ensure your funds are received as quickly as possible you must instruct the overseas bank to send funds via SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication).
There are three things the overseas bank should know. These will help process your transfer as quickly as possible:
- Where to send the money - quote Lloyds TSB with the SWIFT code LOYDGB2L (Lloyds TSB and Bank of Scotland are part of Lloyds Banking Group).
- The name of your bank - quote Bank of Scotland and the BIC for your account. This can be found on the your accounts' statement.
- Account number & sort code of your account - these are details of the account to be credited. You'll also need to include the IBAN for the account which can be found on your accounts' statement.
The following fees apply when receiving international payments into your account:
|Fees for receiving International Payments|
|Payments into your account over £100||£7|
|Payments into your account for £100 or less||£2|
We'll convert the money you've received into pounds sterling on the day we pay it into your account.
Free international payments to Spain
Do you live, work in or visit Spain frequently, and hold a Bank of Scotland current account in the UK? If so, you can benefit from free international transfers* from your UK current account to an account you hold with Lloyds Bank International, S.A.U., the Spanish banking arm of the Lloyds Banking Group.
You can make a transfer via Internet Banking, by Telephone Banking on 08457 21 31 41. Lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Or call into your nearest branch.
If you wish to open a Lloyds Bank International, S.A.U. account, please call 08456 00 36 03. Lines are open 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9.30am to 1.30pm Saturday. (UK local time).
* The free transfer service does not apply to third party transfers.
Lloyds Bank International, S.A.U. (Lloyds Bank International) is a body corporate incorporated in Spain with registered office at C/ Serrano, 90, 5a Planta, 28006 Madrid, Spain and is registered in the Spanish Register of Banks and Bankers (Registro de Bancos y Banqueros) with the number 0236. Reg. Mer. Madrid. T. 6799, L.O.F. 108 Sec 8a, H.M.-110714, Incrip. 1a, N.I.F. A-80481765.
All deposits will be held in Spain and the accounts will be subject to Spanish law and Spanish banking rules. Lloyds Bank International is a member of the Fondo de Garantía de Depósitos. The Financial Services Compensation Scheme under the UK Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 does not apply to deposits held in Spain. Subject to status. An annual or maintenance fee may apply.
Bank of Scotland and Lloyds Bank International, S.A.U. are part of Lloyds Banking Group.
A foreign draft is required when sending money abroad by post. Foreign drafts are available in all major currencies with a fee of £20 for each draft. Just ask in branch for more details.
Calls may be monitored and recorded in case we need to check we have carried out your instructions correctly and to help us improve our quality of service.
Bank of Scotland plc, Registered in Scotland No. SC327000. Registered Office: The Mound, Edinburgh EH1 1YZ. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority except for lending for which we are licensed by the Office of Fair Trading.