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  1. Hi Just wondering if its possible for me to open a peso account here in BPI uk. I’m currently residing in the UK but want to have a BPI peso account. I would be very grateful if you can give me information on how to apply please. Thank you

  2. Hi Di, yes, you can. Bring to the UK branch the documents listed above, and then ask to apply for a Philippine-based BPI account. Sorry I don’t know if they’ll require you to open a UK-based account first.

  3. Can you please tell me if there is a bpi bank in Birmingham England. My girlfriend has bpi account in the Philippines and she wants to travel to me here in England she is wondering if she can withdrawal money from any bank here in England thank you

  4. Hi henry, there’s no BPI-Philippines branch in the UK. What’s there is its subsidiary BPI Europe whose offices are in London. But what your girlfriend can do is to check if her atm card has a Cirrus logo on its back side, and then call BPI 89-100 a few days before she travels to the UK and notifies BPI that she’ll be using her atm card in the UK (look for atms with Cirrus logo). There’ll be charges ($3.50 per withdrawal $175 and less; 2% of withdrawn amount if more than $175).

  5. I have been in the Philippines for 5 years now ,I have a BPI account. My bank in UK is First Direct who I have been with for over 20 years . would it be beneficial for me to open a BPI europe account and have a certain amount transferred to that account and then put it into my BPI account over here. I look forward to your hopefully swift reply. Iain Deakin

  6. Hi iain, to see if there’s a benefit, you can compare the speed and cost of transfer between your current transfer process and transfer from a BPI Europe account to a BPI Phils account through BPI online banking. According to the BPI website, for transfers from BPI Europe account to your BPI account here in the Phils using bpiexpressonline.com (assuming the other account is already added to the account already enrolled in BPI online banking), the transfer will be just within minutes.
    Transfer fee for up to 1,000 pounds is 5 pounds.
    For 1,001 to 2,000 pounds, fee is 6 pounds.
    2,002 to 5,000, fee is 7 pounds
    5,001 to 10,000 pounds, fee is 8 pounds
    There could also be additional inward fee charged by BPI Philippines for foreign remittance: 160 pesos plus 0.30 pesos for every 200 pesos.
    Also, if you open a BPI Europe account here through a BPI branch here, you might also pay for the courier to send your documents to BPI Europe (sorry not sure if this is still the process).

  7. I am trying to call the contact number 02078530088, to activate my account and to continue to deposit as saving. I forgot how I did the last time I started. Will call me or update your contact number. My contact number 07789770865. Thank you

  8. Hi I am thinking of moving to the Philippines is it possible for me to open a Philippine bank account in London and have my pension paid into it, so that I can withdraw money from it when I’m out in the Philippines. Thank you.

  9. Hi Fred, yes, you can. Open 2 accounts: a UK-based BPI account at BPI Europe in London and a BPI account in the Philippines (you can ask the BPI Europe branch in London for this account). Enroll them both in one BPI online banking account. Have your pension sent to your BPI UK account, and then transfer your money online from your UK account to your Philippine account. A remittance fee will be charged. You can also ask BPI UK to make the transfer automatic, if you prefer it.
    A direct deposit from the UK pensions office to a Philippine bank account is possible, but the transfer takes a longer time.

  10. Hi.
    If I open an account and money is paid into it in Euro’s, does the money stay in Euro’s or does the money automatically get changed into Peso’s? and if so how much does that cost?

  11. Hi Nora, I opened a GBP passbook account in BPI Philippines, can I withdraw from this account in UK? Also, is it possible to apply for a debit card using the same account so I can withdraw from ATMs? Thanks!

  12. Hi Aj, no, because what you have is a passbook, which can be used only over the counter at certain BPI branches in the Philippines, preferably at your branch. I’m not sure if BPI now issues atm cards for GBP accounts, as currently, the atm option is offered only for US dollar accounts.

  13. Hi. Is this considered an offshore account?
    I was told that for payroll, I need to open an offshore accoubt with uk high street bank or banks wgich offer this so that I can benefit from tax exemption/aid for overseas workers. Hence is this cobsidered as an offshore/expat account?

  14. Hi Tin, BPI Europe PLC is a UK-registered/authorized bank so if you live in the Philippines, your BPI Europe account is an offshore account. If they require a high-street bank, I don’t think BPI Europe is a high-street bank as it’s not as big as the other UK big banks. BPI Europe has only 2 branches in the UK.
    Do you mean the UK parent company of your Philippine company will deposit your salary (for work done in the UK) into your UK account so it won’t be taxed here in the Philippines?

  15. Hi Tin, yes, there’s no atm card. You can withdraw over the counter in London, or you can enroll your BPI Europe account in BPI online banking or add it to your current BPI online banking then transfer online your money from your Europe account to your Philippine account, with remittance charges to be applied.

  16. Hi, I would like to inquire about your banking system, just recently I have invested some money to a family business in the Philippines. My cousin have already an account with bpi in the Philippines. My question is, if I open an account with bpi here in London would it be possible for my cousin to transfer some money to my account or vice versa and how much the charge per transactions and if we can transfer money or view statements through online banking…thank you.

  17. Hi Emma, if you open a BPI Europe account, you can enroll it in BPI online banking, and then enroll your cousin’s account into your account so you can send money online. See BPI remittance rates here. Your cousin can send you money, not online, but over the counter via wire transfer — minimum basic fee is 600 pesos. You can ask BPI Europe to help you open a Philippine-based BPI account (I hope they’re still offering this service) so that your cousin can transfer money online to your Philippine account anytime without charge . You can enroll also your Phil account into your Europe account so you can track your balance and other transactions.

  18. Hi Nora! We’re based in the Philippines but my daughter is starting school in London this October. Is it possible for her to open a BPI Europe account in a BPI branch in the Philippines, to facilitate wire transfers for when I send her GBP for living expenses? Thank you.

  19. Hi Ines, yes, some UK expats have asked the assistance of a BPI branch here to open their BPI Europe accounts. I think the BPI branch here will be sending account opening documents to London so you’ll be paying for a courier fee. I’m not sure if this is still their SOP, or changes have been made after the RCBC money laundering scandal. What I know also is withdrawal from BPI Europe is only over the counter at their Earl’s Court, London branch and not via atm.

  20. hi. does the bpi branch in london have an atm machine where i can activate the “transfer to anyone” feature on my bpi express online?

  21. Hi jennifer, I think BPI Europe has no atm. Sorry your Transfer to Anyone feature should be activated at a BPI atm in the Philippines. Try enrolling that other BPI account using postal mail — enroll it online, print the webpage, sign it and then send it to BPI, and wait for BPI’s email advice:
    BPI Fulfillment Banking Department
    9th Floor BPI Card Center
    8753 Paseo de Roxas Makati City 1200
    Philippines

  22. Halo, Good Day, i just wanna know if possible to open accout on line,Im from Philppines, but i live in Nederland. Please let me know. thank u. Greetins, Respefully, Lorna

  23. Hello Nora, i live most of the time in the Philippines and already have a BPI account here. Can i open a BPI Europe account when i am back in the U K later this year, so that in 2017 i can have my U K pension paid directly into it. If so then can i also transfer online to my account in the Philippines whenever i need it ? Will the the money be changed into Peso in the U K account or when i transfer it to my account here ?I know that there will be some bank charges involved in the transaction also .
    Thank you, David

  24. Hi David James, yes, you’re right, you can open a BPI Europe account in London and have your pension paid into it. Yes, you can transfer online anytime from your BPI Europe account to your BPI Philippines account (with remittance fee) through your BPI online account. BPI’s online downtime for maintenance is usually about 15 to 30 mins around 10pm.
    Your BPI Europe account is in pounds, so the amount you’ll transfer will be changed into pesos when you transfer to your Phil account. If you like, you can also open your BPI Europe account while you’re here: email bpinoy@bpieuropeplc.com (inform them it’s for receiving your UK pension and that you have a BPI account here), or you can visit your BPI branch and ask how you can open a BPI Europe account for receiving your UK pension. Thanks for commenting here.

  25. Hi I wanted to know if I can open a checking account in BPI london branch. I am investing a property in the Phils and 1 of the requirement is to issue post dated check. It would be great if you can assist me. Thank you and more power.

  26. Hi Janette, sorry BPI Europe offers only savings accounts (no atm, no passbook, only quarterly statement and online banking system). What you can do is to go to the London branch with the required account opening documents and ask for assistance in opening a checking account with a BPI branch in the Philippines. I know they’re giving assistance in opening a savings account, but I’m not sure about checking accounts. You can also call their London phone: 0207 835 0088

  27. Hi Nora, Do i have to make an appointment to go to BPI Europe on a Sunday, and after having an application accepted for an account there, how long before it becomes acctivated, live so that i can deposit some money ?

  28. According to their website, only the Earl’s Court branch is open on Sundays. Business hours for Sundays at Earl’s Court is from 10am to 4pm, so I guess appointment is not required. But you can call first if you like — Earl’s Court phone no.: 0207 835 0088. Both the Earl’s Court and Threadneedle branches are closed on Saturdays.

  29. Hi Greeny, sorry I’m not sure. Most likely not…because BPI Europe’s Star account is in pound sterling.

  30. I HAVE SENT MONEY VIA MY ENGLISH BANK TO THE PHILLIPINES BPI AND WAS CHARGED 25 POUNDS NORMAL SPEED OR 40 POUNDS QUICK SPEED WHICH TOOK APPROX 2 DAYS TO ARRIVE .NO OTHER FEE WAS TAKEN , HOW DOES THAT COMPARE WITH BPI EUROPE ACOUNT FOR 1 MILLION POUNDS
    AND ALSO THE EXCHANGE RATE WAS WHAT WAS GIVEN FOR THE WEEK IN THE PHILIPPINES AS I SENT POUNDS EXCHANGED TO PESO TO ON ARRIVAL IN THE PHILIPPINES
    WHEN SENDING MONEY BY BPE EUROPE ACCOUNT IS THE EXCHANGE RATE THE SAME GIVEN AS THE PHILIPPINES RATE AND THE MORE MONEY YOU SEND IS THERE A BETTER RATE OF EXCHANGE FOR YOUR MONEY

  31. Hi Barry, BPI Europe’s remittance fee for sending 20k to 50k pounds (maximum per transaction) is 15 pounds if sent via BPI online banking to a BPI or BPI Family account. An inward remittance fee of around 200 pesos could be charged by BPI Philippines. Sorry I don’t know their daily or monthly maximum remittance amount.
    If you have a BPI Europe account and you use BPI’s online banking to send money to your BPI Philippines account, the system will display the exchange rate, remittance amount and remittance fee before you are asked to confirm and proceed to send. Your money should appear in your BPI Phil account within minutes.
    For complete info on how to send, scroll down to letter G of their FAQ page: https://www.bpieuropeplc.com/faqs About sending 1 million pounds, you need to ask BPI Europe. Surely they will require additional docs.

  32. Hi Nora, can you please tell me what size I D photo do i have to provide when opening an account with BPI Europe in London. thank you

  33. Hi I would like to buy condo property in the philippines, ive bene told that i must apply checking accts at ur bpi branck london. How can I do that?

  34. Hi Ederiza, you can go to their London branch or you can mail the documents required. Plz see the address and list of requirements above in the post. You will open a London-based account where you can deposit your money in GBP. Then ask help from the London branch in opening a peso checking account in a Philippine-based BPI bank. Ask them also if it’s possible for your Philippine-based BPI bank to later on mail to you in London your peso checking account booklet. After you have opened your 2 accounts, you can use your London-based GBP account to transfer money to your peso checking account through BPI online banking.
    Another option is to ask your realtor if you can buy without using checks — you will just send money to the developer’s bank account. Whether you use check or cash, make sure you are paying money to the developer’s company, not to a name of a person, and google the developer and the project.

  35. hi i rang the Bpi Europe i been told they dont open account Philippine based accound it need to be done in the Philippines , I nearly travel to London to open one lucky i decided to ring the bank first (wrong info:) )

  36. Hi nilda, sorry that they’ve stopped offering assistance in the opening of Philippine-based accounts. In the past, they’ve assisted in opening Philippine-based accounts. It was even posted on their website. The accounts are opened in the Philippines, with BPI Europe sending the documents to the Philippines. Maybe they’ve stopped offering this service after the RCBC money-laundering scandal, as I’ve noticed they’ve also stopped the opening of BPI Direct accounts online in the 5 countries where they previously offered opening of Phil-based accounts. Anyway, thank you very much for informing me, so I can put a warning to the note I posted, or maybe just delete it. And it’s good you called BPI before traveling to London. Sorry again, and thank you.

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