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Bank Account Opening

The banking sector in Antigua and Barbuda caters to both domestic and international financial needs, through commercial and offshore banks, as well as through a range of well-developed financial services.

With longstanding experience and professional, localized know-how in Antigua and Barbuda’s financial sector, Relocate Antigua will guide you to get the best possible solutions for both personal banking, offshore banking in Antigua as well as corporate banking and of course, banking that can be conducted remotely. Contact us today to get your bank account opened and running as fast as possible.

After deciding which bank, you would like to do business with, in Antigua, the next step would be to open an Antigua bank account with the respective bank which best suits your needs.

Just like the diverse selection of banks in Antigua and Barbuda, the types of accounts available are also numerous and varied. Generally, you will need to state whether you need a corporate or personal account and then the type of account you need.

Account types

  • Current Account
  • Savings Account

The procedure when setting up a bank account in Antigua may differ compared to that of your home country.

The Process

Providing Your Information

Upon choosing a bank, you will be required to present the documentation needed to do so. The most important piece of documentation required is a government-issued ID. Documents stating your mailing address may also be required. If you are opening your Antiguan bank account online, then this information can be entered in the respective online forms. If the process is handled in person, these documents will be reviewed, the information entered, and then photocopied by the bank representative to keep for the record.

Another important piece of information needed is your proof of address. This security measure is mandatory as it helps to ensure that your account is not being used to conduct fraudulent activities. Contact us for the full list of documentation requirements and assistance with the opening of your bank accounts.

Opening a bank account in Antigua

Agreeing to Terms and Conditions

Each bank has its own unique terms and conditions. Remember you are choosing a home for your money, so be sure that you fully understand all the stipulations

Joint Accounts

A joint bank account is an account opened by two or more persons. If you are opening a joint account in Antigua and Barbuda, all parties will be required to present personal information and be present to sign onto the account. Any of the account holders can deposit money into the account, however, a joint decision will need to be made as to how and when funds can be withdrawn from the account and the bank instructed thereafter.

Financing your account

Most banks in Antigua will require you to make an initial deposit of a minimum of EC $200. This will be deposited directly into your account. Depositing into your account can be done in a few ways.

  • Direct deposit VIA your employer if you are employed
  • Deposit a check
  • Transfer money electronically
  • Deposit Cash 

Cash deposits and electronic transfers should be available for access by the following day, while other forms of deposits may take several days for processing.

Opening a bank account in Antigua is not very complicated. Whether you just need to know how to open a bank account in Antigua or you need assistance guiding you through the process, contact Relocate Antigua we are fully prepared to assist you in all areas of banking including online banking.

What is Online Banking?

Online Banking is a system that gives the user the ability to access mostly all traditional bank services through the internet. Banking options are available through desktop options and mobile apps which can be downloaded and accessed by the user.

The major benefit of setting up online banking after creating your bank account is that you will not be required to visit your bank branch. You can conduct transactions remotely such as deposits, wire transfers, and online bill payments. You will have 24-hour access to your bank account and will be able to download and print statements at your convenience.

How to use Online Banking

To set up online banking in Antigua, you will need a computer or other device, an internet connection, and your debit card. You will need to visit your bank’s website or call them for further instructions. Services offered are varied depending on the bank. For instance, some banks will allow you to only conduct basic transactions such as transfers while others will allow you to deposit checks by simply taking a photo of the check.

Online banking may be a luxury that is normal in your country but in Antigua and Barbuda, all financial institutions do not offer this service to their customers.

For this reason, selecting which bank you should entrust with your financial needs is quite an important decision to make. There are a few banks that offer Caribbean online banking. For example, you can utilize scotia bank Antigua online to access your finances and attend to business without the need of going into the actual bank. But you will first need to evaluate if this bank is right for your specific needs before opening your bank account. Contact Relocate Antigua for help with all your banking needs.

Be sure to consider the security system put in place for the online banking feature of your bank to avoid fraud and hacking.

There are also other factors to consider other than online banking services when selecting a bank for banking or other financial services in Antigua and Barbuda, such as the operational efficiency of the bank and bank rates.

Whatever your concerns, Relocate Antigua will help you figure out what course of action to take when sorting out your financial relocation.

Call us today to receive your free quote and get started on the banking processes in Antigua.

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