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Cross-border payments

Send money abroad in Online Banking.
  • Make sure you have the right information available

    You can prepare by having the name and address of the beneficiary, along with their IBAN and BIC or national bank ID. 
  • Create the payment in Online Banking

    You make the payment in Online Banking and can send money in various currencies. When the payment has been registered, you receive a receipt in your e-mailbox in Online Banking.
  • Select the type of payment

    By selecting the payment type, you can affect how soon the funds will reach the beneficiary’s bank. Normally the funds will arrive within two working days. You can select express if you are in a hurry, in which case the funds will reach the beneficiary’s bank within one working day.
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What are IBAN, BIC and National bank ID?

IBAN

IBAN is an account number written according to a common European standard. By using IBAN, the payment can be made quickly and efficiently while reducing the risk that the payment is incorrect.

BIC/SWIFT

BIC (Bank Identifier Code) is an international standard for secure identification of a bank. A BIC always consists of 8 or 11 characters. The first six characters are always letters while the remaining characters can be either digits or letters. A BIC is not mandatory when an IBAN is used.

National bank ID

A national bank ID has the same function as a BIC code to identify a bank.  A national bank ID always starts with two letters followed by digits.


Countries open for cross-border payments

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Money laundering and other types of financial crime are growing problems in our society. As a bank, we both want and have to act responsibly. As per 1 July 2020, we are limiting the number of countries open for sending and receiving cross-border payments. This to protect both you, and us, against financial crime.

You will still be able to send and receive cross-border payments to, and from, a large number of countries. However, to be able to send and receive cross-border payments, you need to contact your local branch office to complete the Bank's Know Your Customer (KYC) procedure.

Countries open for cross-border payments (pdf)

When will the money arrive?

Depending on the type of cross-border payment you select, the time and the cost will vary.
At beneficiary bank Cost Comment
EU payment/SEPA payment in EUR Within 2 banking days Online SEK 0
Branch SEK 75

The cheapest and most secure payment method within the EU/EEA. Within the EEA, we always recommend that the currency is EUR.

EU payment in SEK Within 2 banking days Online SEK 0
Branch SEK 75
SEK payments are only regarded as EU payments in Sweden.
Normal Within 2-3 banking days Online SEK 60
Branch SEK 150
Used mostly for payments to countries outside the EU/EEA.
Express Within 1 banking day Online SEK 350
Branch SEK 450
The quickest way to send money. Note that it may take a day or two extra depending on the country the money is being sent to.*
Nordic customer payment Same day, 1 banking day at the latest Online SEK 0
Branch SEK 40
For transfers to Handelsbanken in Finland, Norway and Denmark

*Not an option for EUR payments within the EU/EEA or for SEK payments in Sweden.

Other fees

When making Normal or Express payments, you can choose to also pay the beneficiary’s fees. In addition to the above prices, there is a fee of SEK 150 for this fee allocation, “The remitter pays all fees, including the beneficiary’s fees (OUR)”. Handelsbanken cannot guarantee that other costs will not be charged by a foreign bank and this may be deducted from the remittance amount.


Important when sending cross-border payments

Laws and regulations for cross-border payments

A separate law applies to some forms of payment to and from other countries within the European Economic Area (EEA). 

The Swedish Payment Services Act contains regulations on times and costs for payments. It also contains information on applicable regulations if payments are delayed or do not arrive, or if deductions for costs are erroneous.

More efficient cross-border payments

We have joined the SWIFT Global Payment Initiative (GPI). This ensures more efficient processing of payment flows. As a customer, you will be able to track payments in a better way, and receive confirmation when your payment has reached the recipient.