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Foreign MoneyTransfers

Now it's easy to send money around the world

Whatever your reason to transfer money overseas, we're here to help. We're working with American Express® to provide you with a quick and easy way to transfer foreign currency to bank accounts abroad.

Or if you're overseas and want to make a payment into your YBS account, you can find out how to do this here.

American Express

Key features

  • The money is usually received two working days after the day we process the transaction (this can occasionally take longer due to external factors beyond our control).
  • The exchange rates used are based on the foreign currency markets. You can be sure of getting value for money thanks to American Express'® global purchasing power and their trusted service.
  • There are no minimum or maximum limits for foreign money transfers.


Charges for the service

  • There is a £15 fee for sterling to foreign currency transfers.
  • Sterling to sterling transfers are also available at a cost of £15 per transfer.
  • Most receiving banks don't charge to receive transfers for the designated currency of the beneficiary's bank account, though some may charge a fee.
  • Receiving banks do often charge a fee for receiving Sterling transfers. Unless it's necessary to use Sterling, it's usually more cost-effective to transfer funds into the receiving bank using designated currency of the beneficiary's bank account
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How does it work?

I'm a UK resident

Visit your local branch and complete a Foreign Money Transfer form (68 KB) . You will need to have relevant name identification with you.


I'm a non-UK resident

Complete a Foreign Money Transfer form (68 KB) and post it, with a certified copy of your passport and account passbook (if applicable), to:

Customer Savings Department
Yorkshire Building Society
Yorkshire House
Yorkshire Drive BD5 8LJ

  • Our processing team will deal with your request as quickly as possible. If it is received before 3pm it will be dealt with that day. Any requests after that time will be dealt with on the next working day. (Saturday does not count as a working day for this service.)
  • If you wish to know the exchange rate or Sterling value of the transfer before making an application please call into your local branch or call us on 0345 1200 100*.
  • We can give you an indication of the likely value, but bear in mind that exchange rates change frequently and the actual exchange rate won't be fixed until your application is processed.
  • Though most receiving banks don't charge to receive transfers for the designated currency of the beneficiary's bank account, some may charge a fee. If you need to send a specific amount, you may need to check with the receiving bank first. Once American Express® have processed your request, they will confirm the exchange rate, the currency type and the amount debited from your account
  • American Express® will also email the person receiving the funds to let them know it's on its way if you provide their email address when you apply.
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What you'll need when moving money to and from overseas

Bank codes and account numbers

The information you need to supply when making a transfer to a bank overseas varies from country to country but usually you will need:

  • A code to identify the name and branch of the bank where the account is held
  • The exact name and number of the account receiving your payment

BIC codes

The code identifying the name of the bank and branch is often called a BIC (Bank Identifier Code), but may also be referred to as a SWIFT code (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication). It will generally contain either 8 or 11 characters, the first 6 being letters of the alphabet.

International Bank Account Numbers (IBANs)

European banks (and many others) use International Bank Account Numbers (IBANs) to identify accounts. IBANs are made up of numbers and letters, and include the country code, the bank code and the account number. If an account does not have an IBAN, you will need to provide the account number.

Click to read the specific requirements some countries have for making foreign payments.

Making payments from overseas

We are a member of SWIFT banking network which means that we have the ability to transfer money from overseas into any Yorkshire Building Society account in the UK. The overseas bank needs to know three things on top of the information you would normally need to transfer money within the UK - our SWIFT code, and your IBAN and BIC. The IBAN and BIC codes contain your sort code and account number in a format that is recognised abroad.

To make payments into your account from abroad you will need to use the following:

Sort code 56 – 00 – 36
Bank Account Number 00115959
Bank Account Name Yorkshire Building Society
IBAN GB88 NWBK 560036 00115959
Reference Your 10 digit Yorkshire account number
Account Name Yorkshire account holder's name
Bank Name National Westminster Bank Plc
Branch Address Bradford City Centre Branch
7 Hustlergate


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