South Africa
Sign in

Foreign national banking

PER_Temporary_Residents

Whether you're a temporary resident in South Africa, or you're looking for non-resident banking solutions while based in another country, you have a comprehensive range of products and services to choose from.

 

 

Temporary residents

 Are you applying for permanent residence in South Africa?

Speak to us and we'll tailor a banking solution to your specific needs.

All you need is a valid passport,  permit or visa, and proof of residence.

Accepted permits and visas

  • Diplomatic
  • Study
  • Business
  • Work
  • Spousal
  • Relative
  • Permanent residence
  • Retired person
  • Asylum seeker 

We can offer you

  • Bank accounts
  • Foreign currency accounts (in euros, pounds or US dollars)
  • Savings and investment accounts
  • Credit cards
  • Car financing
  • Home loans
  • Insurance
  • Instant Money
  • Shyft Global Wallet app

We also offer forex services, including international payments.

Non-residents

As a South African living abroad, you can continue to enjoy the same access to our full range of personalised banking services.

Our specialist bankers will help you as a South African emigrant or non-resident abroad with all your banking needs. 

Online banking, from anywhere in the world, is your passport to a host of transactional services, savings and investment accounts and home loans. You can continue to manage your assets and financial interests with ease.

On top of these benefits, your cost of transacting is lower as you’re not charged VAT on banking fees as long as you're not living in South Africa.

If you're still in the process of emigrating, we can help you with exchange control law compliance, and setting up an international banking account and services. 

What you'll need

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of address not older than 3 months
  • 3 months’ statements from your offshore bank.

See pricing guide 

FAQs

Temporary residents

What permits do you accept for personal banking?
All permits listed under Temporary Residents are accepted, as long as they're valid (not expired).

Do I have access to Standard Bank’s electronic services?
Yes, you have access to online, mobile app and cellphone banking.

Can I send money abroad?

Yes, international payments can be made on our  mobile banking app. 

Can I access your foreign exchange services? 
Yes, you have access to all our forex services. 

Non-residents


Can I open an account for foreign currency?
Yes. Please call us if you need help.

How do I update my information once I have a non-resident account?
You'll need to send us certified copies of your updated information.

Can I open a savings and investment account?
Yes, we have a range of options available to you.

Can I switch my account when I get to South Africa?
Yes, visit your nearest branch and ask us to switch your account to a South African financial solution.

  • Temporary residents
  • Non-residents
  • FAQs

 Are you applying for permanent residence in South Africa?

Speak to us and we'll tailor a banking solution to your specific needs.

All you need is a valid passport,  permit or visa, and proof of residence.

Accepted permits and visas

  • Diplomatic
  • Study
  • Business
  • Work
  • Spousal
  • Relative
  • Permanent residence
  • Retired person
  • Asylum seeker 

We can offer you

  • Bank accounts
  • Foreign currency accounts (in euros, pounds or US dollars)
  • Savings and investment accounts
  • Credit cards
  • Car financing
  • Home loans
  • Insurance
  • Instant Money
  • Shyft Global Wallet app

We also offer forex services, including international payments.

As a South African living abroad, you can continue to enjoy the same access to our full range of personalised banking services.

Our specialist bankers will help you as a South African emigrant or non-resident abroad with all your banking needs. 

Online banking, from anywhere in the world, is your passport to a host of transactional services, savings and investment accounts and home loans. You can continue to manage your assets and financial interests with ease.

On top of these benefits, your cost of transacting is lower as you’re not charged VAT on banking fees as long as you're not living in South Africa.

If you're still in the process of emigrating, we can help you with exchange control law compliance, and setting up an international banking account and services. 

What you'll need

  • A valid passport
  • Proof of address not older than 3 months
  • 3 months’ statements from your offshore bank.

See pricing guide 

Temporary residents

What permits do you accept for personal banking?
All permits listed under Temporary Residents are accepted, as long as they're valid (not expired).

Do I have access to Standard Bank’s electronic services?
Yes, you have access to online, mobile app and cellphone banking.

Can I send money abroad?

Yes, international payments can be made on our  mobile banking app. 

Can I access your foreign exchange services? 
Yes, you have access to all our forex services. 

Non-residents


Can I open an account for foreign currency?
Yes. Please call us if you need help.

How do I update my information once I have a non-resident account?
You'll need to send us certified copies of your updated information.

Can I open a savings and investment account?
Yes, we have a range of options available to you.

Can I switch my account when I get to South Africa?
Yes, visit your nearest branch and ask us to switch your account to a South African financial solution.

New accounts
Get in touch
Payment instructions
Exchange control and emigration
Useful Forms and guides
Open a new personal foreign currency account

Download the application form

Open a new business non-resident account

Download the application form

Business information form

Download the form

Emigration declaration form

Download the form

Open a call or fixed deposit

Download the form

Submit KYC personal information

Download the application form

Personal Foreign Account Tax Compliance Self-certification

Download the form

Fax and email indemnity form

Download the form

Business related party information

Download the form

SARB capital allowance form

Download the form

Business exchange control T&C form

Download the form

Guide to Emigration

Download the booklet

Business Foreign Account Tax Compliance Self-certification

Download the form

Open a new business foreign currency account

Download the application form

Business Account signatures form

Download the form

Need help?