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IBAN and SWIFT codes for bank accounts

The banks of most countries in Europe provide an IBAN identifier for their accounts as well as nationally recognised identifiers. In addition Dominican Republic, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, and United Arab Emirates also provide IBAN format account identifiers.

Banks in Australia, Canada, United States and New Zealand do not provide IBAN format account numbers. 

IBAN (International Bank Account Number) is an international standard for identifying a bank account number across national borders.
SWIFT/BIC (Bank Identifier Code) is an international standard for identifying a bank. 

What is the structure of IBAN and SWIFT codes?

IBAN is an extension of your existing account number that you can use when making international payments. IBAN gives you a greater degree of assurance that incoming and outgoing payments are effected as quickly as possible through the banking systems. The reason is that IBAN has a uniform structure all over the world. 

It consists of a ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code, followed by two check digits that are calculated using a mod-97 technique, and Basic Bank Account Number (BBAN) with up to thirty alphanumeric characters.

For instance, for a UK bank account it can be: GB29 NWBK 6016 1331 9268 19. The structure of IBAN number for a UK bank account is 22 characters: GBkk BBBB SSSS SSCC CCCC CC, where GB is for Great Britain, kk=check digits, B= BIC bank code, S= Bank and branch Code (sort code),C= account Number.

Society for Wire Intercommunications of Funds Transfer (SWIFT) codes usually consists of 8 to 11 characters.SWIFT has been renamed BIC which stands for Bank Identifier Code, however most banks still refer to SWIFT codes, SWIFT numbers or SWIFT addresses.

Click here to verify the SWIFT/ BIC code of a bank.

Where do I find IBAN and SWIFT/BIC codes for my own account?

You will find your IBAN on your bank account statements or by contacting your bank account manager.

 

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