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2 hours ago, theoldgit said:

 

Yes, it's offshore and it targets expats, you do need to provide proof of your current address, and again if you move, I used a local bank statement, credit card statements aren't acceptable, or a mailed letter from HMRC.
The debit card is useful as I can use when visiting the UK and can pay UK bills online.

sounds useful, I will look into it myself, although I do have onshore UK accounts, an offshore addition sounds like it could be a sound idea. 

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1 hour ago, hotandsticky said:

HSBC are London, UK based.

 

First Direct will not accept a non-resident.

Your posting fake information. 😂 

 

How come there my UK bank then with my Thai address.

 

HSBC is part of the worldwide HSBC Group and is wholly owned by Hong Kong-based the " Hongkong (H) and Shanghai (S) Banking (B) Corporation (C) Limited the largest bank in Hong Kong,

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1 hour ago, Keyser Soze666 said:

Always make me chuckle these type of threads when it's almost like a competition of who can come up with the best idea, then only to see the OP one by one come along and poo poo it. 50k GBP really isn't that much money when talking about lump sum pensions, I would probably just transfer it to my Thai account, the way you are talking makes it sound out that you're dealing with huge sums of money, or why not open a GBP acc with your Thai bank, or at least try to??

 

One positive thing I have done in all my years here is keep a UK account open, pretty grateful for that really, as would have no chance now of getting now. It also was non active for long spells so probably a bit fortunate it wasn't closed like the OP's one was.

When the Ops pension is vested and converted by the pension company from GBP-THB he could lose upto 10% on the conversion...5k isn't to be sniffed...even it was only a matter of a 50 quid it's still worth doing...You been in Thailand too long looking down at people about money....and mostly those that brag they have a lot are usually potless.

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Let's not exaggerate, worth doing for 50 quid?? And whose bragging?? Not me DUDE. 

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As the thread is 3pages long now, perhaps this has already been suggested.  I recently within the last 2 years, opened a Standard Bank account in Isle of Man.  Specifically catering for Expats, it's very accommodating and fairly straight forward.  Can be done online.

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If the money is coming from a UK pension, why can it not be paid directly into your Transferwise Borderless account ? That has a sort code and account number and is a UK bank account in all meaningful respects.

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4 minutes ago, poohy said:

Try Kickstart / ist contact they can open a UK bank account with a UK bank  obvously for  set up fee maybe worth it though

https://www.1stcontact.com/kickstart/bank-account

"To be able to attend an appointment at one of our banking affiliates in London"

 

so that wont work.

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3 hours ago, LOUIS65 said:

I went to SIngapore and opened a bank account with both HSCB and DBS. DBS is excellent, suggest you contact these banks in Singapore and find out exactly what is required to set up  a bank account .

Why would you suggest that when he needs a UK bank account?

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Being traped in the UK since febuary I needed a UK bank account for universal credit and the eventual sale of my late fathers house after being away near 20 years I thought it would be impossible .

 

Passing by my local branch of Metro Bank I went in and inquired all I had was a UK driving licence my fathers adress and a leter adressed to me 1 hour later not one but two accounts up and running stuned by my success I was later declared an habitual resident by DWP without any paperwork or calls to add to my drunken stuper that night🤔  

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2 hours ago, baansgr said:
7 hours ago, CharlieH said:

Open a Paypal account, pay from that in GBP  ?

 

Good idea...also what about Deemoney...that convert here to GBP

Good idea?  He needs a UK bank account.

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2 minutes ago, Bob A Kneale said:

Good idea?  He wants a UK bank account.

You obviously didnt read the previous posts, yes ideally a UK bank account, but he needs a facility to put GBP into his Transferwise UK account as stated in the OP, which that account would enable him to do.

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3 minutes ago, CharlieH said:

"To be able to attend an appointment at one of our banking affiliates in London"

 

so that wont work.

Fair enough   

This is one of the reasons for my return to UK in sept to do exactly this although i am going back for a beer induced holiday as well

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7 hours ago, Brewster67 said:

Is there ANY way I [...] can get a UK bank account whether traditional or online or even a virtual credit card in GBP or USD where i can load from here withouit  the need for a UK address... I am lost on this one.

Unfortunately, you cannot.  Without UK residence you will not be able to open a UK bank account. 

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