What is an Offshore Bank Account?
An offshore bank account is a bank account located in another jurisdiction form the one You personally (or your company) are not a tax resident in, nonetheless, here when we talk about an offshore bank account, we refer to a bank account located in a tax friendly jurisdiction or a tax haven. This can be a country in the Caribbean, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and/or Africa.
An offshore bank account is a must in almost any offshore structures or strategy, except those offshore vehicles used for just holding non-cash assets such as yacht, houses, cars, etc.
What are the benefits of an Offshore Bank Account?
An offshore bank account can help you in any strategy used for international tax planning, asset protection, confidentiality, cross-border transactions, etc.
Who can open an Offshore Bank Account?
Anyone can open an offshore bank account, regardless of the person's income, personal wealth, or nationality, nonetheless, the more income you have, the more access you have to a broader range of options,
What to take into consideration before opening an offshore bank account
Before opening an offshore bank account, you have to take into consideration your nationality, line of business, reputation of the jurisdiction where the account will be located, your initial deposit capacity, if the account can be opened remotely or not, trustability and reputation of the bank, banks fees such as opening fee, maintenance fee, wire fees, etc.
Will my offshore bank account be reported? or disclosed to my tax authority?
Your account will be reported or disclosed to a foreign tax authority if this account is in a jurisdiction that has the Common Reporting Standards in force with the jurisdictions where you are a tax resident in, and if it falls under the concept of a reportable entity (i.e. Passive Non Financial Entity). To know more about this, check the following link where we talk about the CRS: Click Here to Find Out More
If you are a US person, under a simple structure, your bank account will most likely be disclosed to the Internal Revenue Service under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), which practically all offshore jurisdictions have in force.
What can we do for you?
Opening an account does not have to be an intimidating process. Our company has stablished commercial relationships and partnerships with banks in all continents in order to provide you with all types of solutions for all types of needs.
We guide you throughout the whole bank account opening process, making the process a faster one as proper forms filling and documents gathering will avoid going back and forth with the bank. Even though we have relationships with the banks we will provide you, no account approval is guaranteed as the final word and decision is up to the bank.
Our service includes:
Bank Account Recommendation
Introduction to banking institution
Form filling and guidance
Required documents gathering
Offshore Bank Account Options:
The list below shows some of the banks we work with and have a relationship or partnership with, we try to keep this list updated as possible, but it the list is not exhaustive. We also work with banks not on the list, and in jurisdictions not in the list.
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Open an Offshore Bank Account in Bermuda
Minimum Initial Deposit: USD50,000 or its equivalent.
Yearly maintenance fee: $3,000 per annum, minimum.
Currencies: Multicurrency accounts, including USD.
Cards: Credit card secured via 110% cash deposit
Remote Opening: Yes, but Zoom calls are required
Countries allowed: Companies formed in Bermuda, and offshore companies on a case-by-case basis.
Global Multicurrency Accounts
Allowed jurisdictions: USA, Cayman Islands, HK, BVI, Seychelles, EU, Singapore, UK, and more.
Global account in the following currencies and locations: USD (USA), SGD (Singapore), AUD (Australia), CAD (Canada), EUR (Europe), GBP (UK), JPY (Japan), Hong Kong (EUR, USD, HKD, CNY), NZD (New Zealand)
Physical and virtual card: yes. Crypto: allowed.
Minimum initial deposit and opening fee: US$0
United States of America
Cards: available. FDIC: secured up to US$5,000,000
US Companies: Minimum Initial Deposit: 0; Eligibility: to have US operations or clients.
Offshore companies: Cayman Islands, BVI, UAE.
Minimum Initial deposit: US$0; Company type: VC's, ecommerce companies, and startups, with international operations.
Open an Offshore Bank Account in Saint Lucia
Minimum Initial Deposit: USD 5,000
Account Opening Fee: USD350
Multi-currency accounts in: USD, CAD, CHF, EUR, GBP, AUD, AED, HKD, JPY, NZD, NOK, ZAR, SEK and THB.
Remote opening: yes.
EU based Euro Account and GBP in the UK
Business current account: Euro and GBP
Payments: SEPA, SEPA instant, Chaps, FPS.
Crypto transactions: allowed, but proof of source is required.
Application review fee by the bank: €1,000 (estimated 95% approval rate).
Open an Offshore Bank Account in Belize
Minimum Initial Deposit and balance: USD4,000
Opening Fee: 0
Maintenance fee: 30 USD per month. USD25 extra per month if the balance falls below the minimum.
Currencies: USD. Cards: Not available
Remote Opening: Yes.
Countries allowed: Offshore companies (Non-residents), and Belizean entities.
Offshore Bank Account in Belize | Option 2
Minimum Initial Deposit: USD1,000.
Set up fee: US$100.
Available currencies: USD, CAD, GBP, CHF, EURO
Maintenance fee: US$14.50/month
Remote Opening: Available.
Open an Offshore Bank Account in Vanuatu
Minimum Initial Deposit €1,000; Opening Fee: €500
Maintenance fee €250/month
Currencies: USD, EUR.; Cards: Not available.
Remote Opening: yes, no visit is required.
Countries allowed. Offshore entities, except those formed in Afghanistan, DPRK, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sudan, South Sudan, Myanmar, Syria, Yemen, Belarus and Russia.
Open an Offshore Bank Account in the Cook Islands
Minimum Initial Deposit: USD20,000.00
Making an investment is required: Trade stocks, bonds, ETF’s and mutual funds, purchase fully allocated gold and silver, or bond.
Cards allowed: yes
Remote Opening: allowed.
Singapore | Option A
No minimum initial deposit or setup fee. Opening time: 2 weeks
Jurisdictions allowed: Hong Kong, Cayman, Seychelles, BVI. Minimum initial deposit: US$100,000. US$1,000 set up fee. Opening time: 3 weeks.
Crypto: Allows crypto conversion by receiving USDC and then converting it to USD.
Singapore | Option B
Currencies: USD and/or SGD. Cards: available.
Businesses formed in Singapore with foreign owners:
Initial minimum deposit: US$50,000 to activate. Minimum Balance: US$5,000.
Offshore Companies: BVI or Cayman Islands
US$1,499 set up fee; US$199 monthly maintenance fee; Minimum Initial Deposit: US$100,000; Minimum Balance: US$50,000.
Crypto transactions: allowed.
Open an Offshore Bank Account in Switzerland
Minimum Initial Deposit: USD/EUR/CHF 10,000.00
Eligibility: company should have a substantial business and offices/UBO in the place of registration, including internal/external audit and financial statements. Shell companies are not eligible.
Offshore Bank Account in Antigua, The Bahamas, Barbados, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Curaçao, Grenada, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, Trinidad & Tobago
Minimum Initial Deposit: USD25,000.00
Eligibility: offshore entities. Remote Opening: yes.
Cards: allowed via credit card, secured with 110% deposit.
Opening Fee by the bank: USD500.
The bank has branches in all these jurisdictions above.