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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 There’ll be charges ($3.50 per withdrawal $175 and less; 2% of withdrawn amount if more than $175).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.

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