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International Payments

International Payments

Sending and receiving money from abroad

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Digital Banking is available to customers aged 11+ with a Royal Bank of Scotland account.

Making international payments

To make international payments you will need;

How to make an
international payment

Making an International Payment

Country specific guides

Below you can find the outlines to specific requirements associated with foreign payments to certain countries.

A - H

Australia

A BSB number is an Australian sort code which has 6 digits, the account number has 9 digits.

 

A BSB should be provided in preference to a BIC wherever possible. The BSB should be entered in the National Clearing Code box.

 

Brazil

A beneficiary phone number is required as banks will phone the customer to call in with ID before the payment is credited to their account.

 

Canada

Payments to Canada require the beneficiary account number, name and address.

 

An 8-digit Bank Transit Number should be provided in preference to a BIC wherever possible. The Bank Transit Number should be entered into the National Clearing Code box. 

 

When sending Relay/Budget payments to Canada, they more than likely have a 3 figure bank code as that is all they are provided with by the Canadian banks. However, a 4 digit code is required so an additional ‘0’ should be added at the beginning of the code e.g. Royal Bank of Canada 003 should be 0003; HSBC 016 should be 0016.

 

Egypt

A reason for payment is required to be sent with all payments.

 
 
France

Payments to La Poste can only be made in Euros.

 

Hungary

A reason for payment is required to be sent with all payments.

 

I - R

India

Payments to India may require an IFSC code (Indian Financial System Code). This is an alpha-numeric code that uniquely identifies a bank-branch participating in the NEFT system (clearing system in India) and has an 11 digit code.

All payments require a beneficiary address. 

 

Italy

A reason for payment is required to be sent with all payments.

 

Jordan

All payments must be sent with an IBAN & BIC.

 

Lebanon

Payments must have a 28 digit IBAN.

 

Mexico

Mexican account numbers are 18 digits long and called a CLABE.

 

New Zealand

A BSB number is a New Zealand sort code which has 6 digits.

A BSB should be provided in preference to a BIC wherever possible. The BSB should be entered in the National Clearing Code box.

 

Pakistan

Payments require the beneficiary address.

 

Romania

A reason for payment is required to be sent with all payments.

S - U

Saudi Arabia

All payments must be sent with an IBAN & BIC.

 

South Africa

A BSB number is a South African bank sort code which has 6 digits.

A BSB should be provided in preference to a BIC wherever possible. The BSB should be entered in the National Clearing Code box.

 

Turkey

Payments must have a 26 digit IBAN.

 

Ukraine

A reason for payment is required to be sent with all payments.

 

United States of America (USA)

The USA does not generally accept any payment that is not in USD and will convert if sent in Sterling. USA banks are identified using Fed Wire Routing numbers and ABA numbers (equivalent of UK sort codes) which are always 9 digits. This should go in the National Clearing Code box, and should be provided in preference to a BIC wherever possible.

For payments to Credit Unions, please contact the Retail Payments Helpdesk for assistance.

 

 

Receiving money from abroad?

What are the fees?

 

There is a fee when you receive an international payment. These fees will vary by amount and by the transfer method.

 

Bank to bank electronic

£100 & under = £1 fee
£100.01 & over = £7

 

Cheque by negotiation

A fee of 0.25% of the payment value. (minimum of £7, maximum of £45)
There is also a 50p postage fee.

 

Cheque by collection

A fee of 0.25% of the payment value. (minimum of £20, maximum of £70), plus any agents' charges.
There is also a postage fee of £3.30 within Europe and £3.60 for the rest of the world.

For cheques sent to other banks in the UK, there is a flat charge of £12 per item, plus any agents' charges.

Receive euro payments

To receive euro payments, you will need:

  • Our name in full: Royal Bank of Scotland Plc
  • Your account name and IBAN, this can be found on your statement or in Digital Banking under 'View account details'
International payments guide

For all other payments, you will need:

  • Our name in full: Royal Bank of Scotland Plc
  • Your branch sort code
  • Your branch name and address
  •  Your account name and number or identifier
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