International payments

Making payments across borders and time zones is easy. Whether you are using Sterling or foreign currency accounts you can:

Branch payments

If you prefer to make your international payments at one our branches, we offer several ways to do it:

    • Make quick and easy online payments
    • Have confidence in secure bank-to-bank transfers
    • Send money to almost any country in the world
    • Store details for repeat payments.

    If you are an existing Internet Banking customer, please follow the following steps when you click ‘Log in and make a payment’ to make an International payment:

    1. Enter your login details, which will take you to the Business Internet Banking Homepage
    2. Select ‘International’ in the left hand ‘Our Products and Services’ menu
    3. Select ‘Make an International Payment’

    Log in and make a payment

  • This is the quickest way of sending payments abroad, including in Euros, provided the beneficiary’s bank is in the European Economic Area (EEA).*

    Payments in Euros can take one business day to arrive at the beneficiary’s bank, but will usually arrive on the business day on which we receive your instructions**.

    Payments in other currencies, including Sterling, may take up to four business days to arrive at the beneficiary’s bank, but usually arrive within two to three business days of your instruction**.

  • This is the best method for sending non-Euro payments abroad. Payments in sterling can take up to a maximum of 4 days to arrive with the beneficiary’s bank, but normally arrive within two business days**. Payments in EEA currencies, other than Euro, take up to four business days to arrive at the beneficiary’s bank, provided the beneficiary’s bank is in the EEA**. Payments outside the EEA and/or in non-EEA currencies can take up to five business days to arrive at the beneficiary’s bank.

  • If you want to make planned Euro payments overseas and within the UK, this is the way to go.  Payments will arrive one business day after your instruction**.

  • If you prefer paper, we’ll provide a bank cheque in Sterling or foreign currency issued directly to you, made payable to the person or company who receives the funds.

    EEA is the European Economic area, it includes: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

    *Instructions made by bank form or letter may take an additional business day.

  • International Payments are converted using the Bank of Scotland exchange rate.

    The Bank of Scotland exchange rate is based on the rate at which we buy and/or sell currency in the wholesale markets plus a percentage FX margin.

    Find out about our latest FX margins

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