International Payments

A quick and secure way to send and receive money around the world.

Do you have family overseas and want to send them money? Or you could be working or buying a house abroad? Whatever the reason, our International Payment services are fast, efficient and secure. There’s choice of currencies to choose from when sending money.

You can also receive pound sterling or foreign currency into your Bank of Scotland account (subject to account conditions).

For full terms and conditions (including important information on fees) please refer to the Bank of Scotland Bank Account Conditions and Banking Charges

How much do International Payments cost?

You can use our international payments calculator to get an estimate of how much a payment will cost. Please log in to Internet Banking to access this.

International Payment Charges

The Bank of Scotland International Payment charge is £9.50* regardless of the amount you send or the way you make the payment. If you share the international payment charges with the recipient, you will only pay the Bank of Scotland charge and the recipient will pay their bank’s charges and any agent bank charges that apply.

If you choose to pay both our charge and all agent bank charges, you will pay our charge and the Correspondent Bank Fee that replaces all agent bank charges. The recipient bank may still charge its customer a fee but we cannot provide information about such a fee. The amount of the Correspondent Bank Fee depends on the location of the recipient bank:

Zone

Correspondent Bank Fee

Zone 1 (USA, Canada and Europe (non-EEA)) £12
Zone 2 (Rest of the world) £20

You will share international payment charges with the recipient when the payment is made:

  • in any currency using Internet Banking; or
  • in any currency to a bank account in the EEA; or
  • in any EEA currency to a bank account in Switzerland, Monaco or San Marino.

Sharing the charges means you will pay our charge and the recipient will pay their bank’s charges and any agent bank charges that apply.

If you make any other international payment, you can choose either:

a) to share charges; or

b) to pay both our charge and all agent bank charges.

If you choose option b), you will pay our charge and the Correspondent Bank Fee that replaces all agent bank charges. The recipient bank may charge its customer a fee but we cannot provide information about such a fee. This payment type can only be made through one of our branches or Telephone Banking.

* This charge will not apply to payments in sterling sent to a bank account within the EU from our Basic Account or received from a bank account within the EU to our Basic Account.

International Payments Standard Exchange Rate

Payments are processed using our standard exchange rate for international payments. The table below provides an indication of the current percentage difference between this rate and the rate at which we buy and sell currency in the foreign exchange markets (the wholesale rate).

Payment Value in GBP

Maximum current percentage
difference between our standard
exchange rate for international
payments and the wholesale rate

0 - £25,000 3.20%
£25,000.01 - £75,000 2.40%
£75,000.01 - £250,000 2.00%
£250,000.01 and above 1.50%

The percentages outlined above are indicative, for information only and can change at any time.

How long will my international payment take to arrive?

Your paymentCut-off time
International payment in euro made through one of our branches or by Telephone Banking No earlier than 2pm and no later than 3pm
International payment in a currency other than euro made through one of our branches or by Telephone Banking 3pm
International payment in any currency made through Internet Banking 3pm

The table below gives you information about the time the payment will take to reach the recipient’s bank provided you have given us the instruction on a working day before the cut off time.

Currency and destinationDelivery times
Payments in euro to another EEA country, Monaco, Switzerland or San Marino No later than next working day
Any other currency to EU and EEA countries, North America, Canada, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Middle East and the Far East Generally no later than 4 working days
Any currency to any other country Should take no longer than 14 working days

What do I need to send an international payment?

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

NOTE: A daily transaction limit of £100,000 applies when sending international payments via Internet Banking.*

Log in to Internet Banking and select 'More actions' on the account you want to make the payment from. Choose 'Payments & transfers' and then select 'Make an international payment'. You can then follow the on screen instructions.

Via Telephone Banking

NOTE: A transaction limit of £5,000 applies when sending international payments via Telephone Banking.*

If you're registered for Telephone Banking, just call 0345 721 3141Call telephone number 0345 721 3141 (+44 131 339 2573Call telephone number +44 131 339 2573 if calling from outside the UK).

Lines are open 7am - 11pm, seven days a week.

In branch

NOTE: There is no maximum limit when making an international payment in branch.*

Call into your nearest branch and talk to us.

*Please note: The minimum international payment amount is £1.01, whether made online, in branch or through Telephone Banking.

Foreign drafts - what is a foreign draft and how much does it cost?

A foreign draft is a bank draft (similar to a cheque) which you can use to send money abroad by post. Foreign drafts are available in all major currencies and will be issued and posted to your home address. Once you receive the foreign draft you can send the it to the recipient who will be able to pay it into their bank. They may not have access to the funds immediately and may need to wait for the cheque to be cleared. Foreign drafts cost £20 each and can only be ordered via branch.

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 - the bank’s SWIFT code, your IBAN and BIC. These will help process your transfer as quickly as possible:

  • SWIFT code: quote the Lloyds Bank swift code which is LOYDGB2L (Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland are part of Lloyds Banking Group).
  • IBAN and BIC: quote the IBAN and BIC of the account the money is to be sent to. The IBAN and BIC contain your sort code and account number in a format that is recognised abroad. To find your IBAN and BIC, log in to Internet Banking; select the relevant account from the “My accounts” page, and then click on the ‘Show IBAN / BIC’ link.

IBAN - International Bank Account Number.
BIC
- Business Identifier Code.

International payment charges

The following charges apply when receiving international payments into your account:

Charges for receiving international electronic payments other than by SEPA credit transfer*
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 using our standard exchange rate for international payments.

Please be aware that the overseas bank sending the payment may use an agent bank to pass the payment on to Bank of Scotland. The agent bank may make a charge for their service, which will be deducted from the payment sent. This will reduce the payment Bank of Scotland receives.

* SEPA credit transfers are free of charge.
^ This charge will not apply to payments in sterling received from a bank account within the EU to our Basic Account.

International Payments Standard Exchange Rate

Payments are processed using our standard exchange rate for international payments. The table below provides an indication of the current percentage difference between this rate and the rate at which we buy and sell currency in the foreign exchange markets (the wholesale rate).

Payment Value in GBP

Maximum current percentage
difference between our standard
exchange rate for international
payments and the wholesale rate

0 - £25,000 3.20%
£25,000.01 - £75,000 2.40%
£75,000.01 - £250,000 2.00%
£250,000.01 and above 1.50%

The percentages outlined above are indicative, for information only and can change at any time.

Sending money abroad

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To send money abroad through our Internet Banking service, you'll need a Bank of Scotland current account. If you haven't got one yet, compare current accounts and apply online.


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