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  1. Hi there may I know if I can open an account with you even tho I reside in Dublin.If yes will you please let me know how.It’s because I need to open an account for a GSIS money transfer.They are requiring me to open an account with you.
    thank you.Await your reply soon,
    from MaryAnn

  2. Hi MaryAnn, sorry, the BPI Star account is only for Filipino residents of UK, or for those with UK driver’s license and a UK address. Email back GSIS and ask if they’re still issuing GSIS Visa eCard, and if they have another Visa card for pensioners living abroad.

  3. Sir / Madame,

    I can’t find the customer information sheet, I want to send money to the Phils. Kindly please email it to me.



  4. Hi I just want to know if I can open a savings account i live in Birmingham and if I can do it by emails.
    Many thanks,

  5. Hi im joy i just want to ask if im going to open a savings account, and my parents want to send me money from philippines same bpi account, how much is the charges? Thank u

  6. Hi Joy, if your parents in the Philippines wants to send you money through BPI, they should have an account with BPI. Charge: 600 pesos plus documentary stamp of 30 cents per 200, plus fee of BPI bank in London. Your parents can also send you money through Western Union here for cash pickup at Western Union there. Fee starts at US$14. Fee is $37 if they send $500.

  7. hello,, Im louziela.. I have a Bpi account in ph.. i would like to open BPI account in london therefore I would transfer directly to my bpi acc in ph,, I would like to know if how much the charges.. however its same bank as well.

  8. I dont have a driver license,, but I have a bank statement with barclays bank acc. also woth the NATIONAL INSURANCE NUMBER.. THOSE ARE ALLOW ME TO OPEN A BPI ACC IN LONDON.. I LIVE IN 98 CONIFER WAY SWANLEY KENT UK

  9. I am British and living in the Philippines. I will be in reciept of a British Military pension March 2014. I would like to open a UK BPI bank account so my pension can be sent to that account monthly. I would be gratful if you can give me details on how to open a UK BPI account and also how I would be able to receive monies from that account here in the Philippines. Thank you.

  10. Hi paul, I don’t know if you can open a BPI Europe account while you’re in the Philippines, since you need to send these documents by postal mail to BPI Europe — see the required docs: https://www.bpieuropeplc.com/page/view/18 . Maybe you can open one when you visit UK again. Or you can call BPI 89100 and ask if a BPI branch in the Phils can assist you with opening a BPI Europe account while you’re here.
    When you already have a BPI Europe account and a BPI Philippines account, enroll one account first at bpiexpressonline.com, and then add the second account. When both accounts are already enrolled, you can make fund transfers online from your Europe account to your Phils account. Before the transfer is carried out, your remittance fee and exchange rate will be shown, and you will confirm.
    There’s a Direct Deposit program for US pensioners living abroad including the Phils, so there might be a Direct Deposit program for UK pensioners living abroad. I saw this one: https://www.gov.uk/state-pension-if-you-retire-abroad/how-to-claim Will get back if I see something relevant.

  11. I have my passport,national insurance and bank statement addressed where i am living now..Are these papers enough for me to open an account with you?

    My partner also wanted us to have a joint account,he is a British citizen,is it possible too?If yes,what are the requirements needed?

    Can you please emeiled us costumers information sheets.

    Thank you,


  12. i would like to send money to the philippines monthly. I am British and i live in the UK, my partner is Filipino who lives in the Philippines. Is it possible to open a joint account?

  13. Hi Cathy, yes, those are enough. Include an ID picture. Email BPI Europe bpinoy@bpieuropeplc.com to request for a Customer Information Sheet. In your email, ask also if you can open a joint account. I think your partner can also open because BPI Europe is licensed by the British financial authorities.

  14. Hi fazal, you can open an account with BPI Europe, and your partner can open an account with BPI here in the Philippines. Enroll your account at bpiexpressonline.com, and after approval, enroll/add your partner’s Philippine account into your online account. You can then make online fund transfers from your online account to your partner’s account, with your pounds converted into pesos. The remittance fee will be shown before you confirm the fund transfer.

  15. Hello, I have a complete requirement bank statement , photo I’d picture and others , pls ,,,, pls,, guide me how to get BPI account here in uk , and i have a BPI account in Philippine ,,’

  16. Hi Allan, the fastest process is to visit the London branch with the required documents. But if you cannot go to the branch, email bpinoy@bpieuropeplc.com and ask for a Customer Information Sheet form. Then send this form plus the other required docs (see above list) to BPI Europe via postal mail:
    BPI Europe PlC
    26A and 27A Earl’s Court Gardens
    London, SW5 0SZ

  17. Hi
    I am going to Philippines to visit my son. Will I be eligible to apply for ATM card cash. If yes, what is the requirements to do so? Can I apply through BDO on line rather than opening account when I get to the Philippines.

    Thank you

  18. Hi Dahlia, bring your passport and 1 ID picture. They might ask for a second ID, so bring another valid photo ID. Sorry you cannot open a cash card via online BDO. But you can get a BDO Kabayan account from BDO remittance partners in UK like this one: http://www.gemremittance.com/BDOKSA.html Ask if they also offer BDO Remit cash card.


  20. Hi ANTONIA, if you can go to the BPI office in London, then bring your passport, or UK driver’s license with photo, original copy of bill, or bank statement, or credit card statement to prove your address, one ID photo, initial cash deposit of 50 pounds. If you cannot go to London, email bpinoy@bpieuropeplc.com and request for a Customer Information Sheet. Send this information sheet through postal mail together with the other documents required (dahil hindi mo dapat i-send yong original passport mo, xerox your passport and then pa-authenticate mo sa bank mo or sa solicitor or sa doctor mo). I hope you can comment here later on kapag naka-open ka na.

  21. Hello po just enquiring ive got a bpi account when i was in the philippines and now im in uk i would like to put some money of my account as my savings. So that when i go for holiday in philippines i can use the money.. How can i send or deposit money into the account? Can i do bank to bank as well? And can i be able to check the balance as well? Thanks…

  22. Hi I was wondering if I would be allowed to open an account with you. I am british but have a girlfriend and many friends in Cabanatuan city in the Philippines.

    Kind Regards


  23. Hi Peter, yes, BPI Europe is UK-licensed, so you, as British citizen, can open an account with BPI Europe. If you’re a frequent traveler to the Philippines and you can provide a residential address where you frequently stay, you can open a BPI account here, with your Alien Cert of Registration and passport, so you can transfer funds online from your UK account to your Phil account (with a remittance fee). Or if you don’t want to open an account here, you can use your UK-issued atm card and withdraw from ATMs here, usually with a 200-to-250-peso charge per atm withdrawal (find an atm machine with high maximum withdrawal amounts). You can do the same with HSBC UK or Citibank UK, as there are also HSBC and Citibank banks here. The advantage of BPI here over HSBC and Citibank is the number of atm machines and branches.

  24. Hi! I am here in UK. I would like to open STAR peso account by submitting all the requirements thru post. Is that possible? or STAR account should be in pounds sterling only? I need the peso account for my Ayala Educational Plan proceeds in the Phils. Please help and many thanks!

  25. Hi marie, the BPI Europe Star account is only in pounds and euro. You can open a pound Star account via mail, and then later on, when you have time to go to their Earl’s Court London office, ask their assistance for you to open your peso account with BPI Philippines. Or open those 2 accounts at the same time at their London office. However, it might take time for your Phil account to get active.
    You can also call GEM Remittance UK and ask about opening a Phil-based BDO kabayan peso account: http://www.gemremittance.com/ContactUs.html

  26. Hi, I am trying to contact you by phone. When I dial your number it gives the option 0 to speak to someone but the phone goes dead. How do you actually get to speak with someone there?

  27. Hi, I just want to know if you provide a debit card for BPI Europe Account? One of my friend told me that she had opened an account but only a sort code and account number but no debit card?

    Many Thanks


  28. Hi Marm, that’s right, BPI Europe does not issue debit cards. Enroll in BPI online banking so you can track your balance, transfer funds to your other accounts or remit to your Phil accounts.

  29. Hello. Can you tell me what the difference is between a STAR Account-Savings and a STAR Account-Current, apart from the difference in interest rates, please? The two are shown in the table here: https://www.bpieuropeplc.com/page/view/18 . Note that I’m not asking about a STAR PLUS Account, which is explained on a different page. Thank you.

  30. Hello. Gusto ko po sana mag-start mag-invest sa Philippine stock through COL Financial. To fund my COL account, plan ko po mag-open ng BPI Star Account dito sa UK. Pwede ko po ba i-enrol ung COL sa online banking ko if na-open ko na ung BPI Star account para ma-fund ko ung COL account ko regularly?
    Thanks in advance po.

  31. Hi Charlene, yes, you can enroll your BPI Europe account in BPI online banking, and you can fund your COL Financial account indirectly through it. You will have to open a BPI or BPI Family Philippine-based account, which you can do through BPI UK, so you can remit online from your BPI Europe account to your BPI Phils account, and then fund your COL through your BPI Phils account. I checked my BPI online banking, and there’s COL Financial in the Bill Payment’s merchant list. See Others category.

  32. hi Nora , Can a US citizen open business accts in London same day , what are your formalities we will be in London shortly and would like to open an account in your Bank Please advise us.

    Thankyou so much

  33. Hello Nora, I am British and living in the Philippines, I have a ACR for 12 months, I was informed by the Metro bank in the Philippines that because my ACR states TOURIST and not permanent no bank in the Philippines will allow me to open an account! is this true?

    Also I am going back to London very soon for a few months, and want to open up a BDI account in London, so should I open up a BDI account now in the Philippines, before I go back to London, please advise.

    Regards from Raymond

  34. Hi Raymond, while some bank managers are strict, there are others who are more open to foreigners’ accounts. Try opening at a BPI branch nearest where you usually go or live. You should have a Philippine address that you can write on the account opening forms, where you can get a BPI mail in case they send a mail — you can change this address later on if you move. If they refuse at the first branch you go to, try another branch. If they ask about your tourist visa, tell them you’ve lived here for __ months — and if this is the case — that you intend to stay here for a while, or travel to and fro from UK to Phils or that you plan to remit money here for business/personal purposes, and that you intend to open an account with their BPI London branch. If after 2 or 3 branch tries, you’re denied, just open your BPI account at the BPI London branch and then request them to open a Philippine-based BPI account for you. Hope you’re adjusting to life here :)

  35. My girlfriend has a BPI account in the Philippines and I am a UK citizen living in London. Can I open a BPI account here so I can transfer money to her account? Can you please tell me the transfer charges? Is it cheaper than Western Union to send money through BPI?

  36. hi, I’ve read from your site that you can assist me in opening an account for a philippine based account. what are the requirements? is it the same as the UK ones? i am based in norway and would be coming over to london next week. thank you and i hope you can assist me with this.

  37. I live in the Philippines as a UK retiree. I would like my monthly pensions in sterlin.g to be paid in BPI branch in London Can I do this from here in the Philippines. I have peso and dollar account in the philippines

  38. Hi david, I’ve read from britishexpats.com forum that you can do it by going to a BPI branch and ask for their assistance in opening your account with BPI Europe for UK pension remittance. You can bring your documents, as listed above. You’ll have to send your verified documents to BPI Europe through an express carrier like 2GO.

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