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Opening bank account with HSBC oman

Old Apr 5th 2019, 9:56 am
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Hello all,

So I finally arrived in Muscat last week, to formally start work with my new employer and get some admin done.

Im now back in the UK for a couple of weeks and am looking to set up my Oman bank account. I managed to get my residents visa and residents card before I left so am wondering how much of this procedure can be done whilst I’m in the UK? The banking team will be calling later, but will I be able to do it all from here or will I have to wait until I’m back in Muscat?

clearly, I can’t get paid until I open an account, so am keen to make this happen ASAP!

Cheers in advance,

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Old Apr 5th 2019, 2:48 pm
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I think you will need to do this when you get back to Muscat. You will probably need to visit the bank, I opened my account at the branch in Madinat Sultan Qaboos. I actually switched from HSBC to Bank Muscat after a few months because they were a bit useless.

They will want copies of your Resident ID, passport and visa. They will possibly also ask for a letter of salary payment (Salary Certificate) from your employer. This letter will allow them to determine which type of account they can provide you.

I'm fairly sure that you will struggle to do this whilst you're back in the UK.
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Old Apr 5th 2019, 4:06 pm
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Thanks for the reply

Yes, I had read as much online when researching, so was surprised when the woman at the bank said it could be possibly done over here; my experience of administrative procedures in Oman so far has consisted of lots of photo and fingerprint taking, so I assume this to be the same!
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Old Apr 5th 2019, 6:10 pm
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I agree with asgjlx, you will have to open your HSBC account here in Muscat. HSBC Middle East is a completely different entity to all other HSBC groups and is ‘ring fenced’ in that, even if you have other HSBC accounts, none can see any information about your other accounts.

When we moved here and were setting things up we were always armed with several colour photocopies of a) our passports, b) the visa page in our passport, c) our residence/ID card. Sometimes they were needed, sometimes they weren’t, and sometimes, even if they were needed they wouldn’t accept our photocopies and would make their own (HSBC is a case in point but take your own photocopies anyway). The
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Originally Posted by asjglx View Post
I think you will need to do this when you get back to Muscat. You will probably need to visit the bank, I opened my account at the branch in Madinat Sultan Qaboos. I actually switched from HSBC to Bank Muscat after a few months because they were a bit useless.

They will want copies of your Resident ID, passport and visa. They will possibly also ask for a letter of salary payment (Salary Certificate) from your employer. This letter will allow them to determine which type of account they can provide you.

I'm fairly sure that you will struggle to do this whilst you're back in the UK.
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