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Receiving money from outside the UK

Find out about receiving money from outside the UK

Receive money from outside the UK

Receiving paper-based payments from outside the UK can be costly, so it's important to use the best method for the money you are receiving.  Electronic payments is our recommendation, but we can also arrange to clear drafts and cheques on your behalf.

Bank-to-Bank electronic links

Handling Drafts & Cheques

Bank to Bank electronic

Using electronic links between banks is the quickest and most secure method of receiving currency and sterling payments from outside the UK and currency from within the UK.

There are a wide range of benefits to using this method of transfer, including:

  • Electronic payment instructions are sent from the sender's bank directly into your account
  • Funds will be credited to your account as soon as possible. This will be either on the value date or, if this is not possible, on the next best possible value date
  • It eliminates the paper-work involved in handling paper-based payments
  • Inward payments charged at £6 each for any value when the money is sent directly to Ulster Bank. 
  • Our fees are debited up front before we credit your account. We will provide you a credit advice showing a breakdown of any charges
  • Automatic currency conversion - payments will be converted into the currency of your account.
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For euro payments, you will need:

-  Our name in full: Ulster Bank Ltd
-  Our SWIFT address: ULSBGB2B
-  Your account name and IBAN (International Bank Account Number) which can be found on online banking or on your paper bank statements

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For all other payments, you will need:

-  Our name in full:  Ulster Bank Ltd
-  Your branch sort code
-  Your branch name and address
-  Your account name and number or identifier

International payments comprise of both cross-border payments, whether in sterling or currency, and currency payments within the UK.

Handling Drafts and Cheques

Although we do not recommend that you receive paper-based payments from outside the UK, we can arrange to clear these on your behalf. You can submit cheques and drafts drawn on banks outside the UK or UK banks to be cleared on your behalf.

Drafts and cheques from abroad can be handled either by negotiation or collection.

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Payment by negotiation can only be used if the draft or cheque is in the local currency of the country on which it is drawn (e.g. US dollars payable in the US). Even so, we might still have to send it for 'payment by collection' (see below). Foreign currency cheques will be credited to your sterling or currency account within 4 -5 working days of processing, once agreement to negotiate with recourse has been made. Details of charges will be explained in branch as part of the agreement.

We will normally pay you the value of the draft or cheque, less our charges, using a cheque-buying rate if conversion is necessary. If the payment is not honoured by the paying bank we will subsequently debit from your account the value of the draft or cheque plus a handling fee.

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Sometimes we will have to send a draft or cheque for collection. Examples are

- If the payment is coming from a country with a high risk rate
- If it is not in the local currency of the sender's country (e.g. US dollars payable in Greece)

We will send the draft or cheque to the bank on which it is drawn and will not credit your account until we have received the money or have been assured that it will be paid.

This can take some time, depending on the country the payment is coming from and the bank clearing the payment. Wherever possible ask for sterling drafts drawn on a UK bank. These can then be paid directly into your Ulster Bank sterling account.

Details of charges will be explained in branch as part of the agreement to send for collection.

Minimise costs by paying items which are in the same currency, drawn on banks in the same country, for negotiation, in a single pay-in to your account.

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