Your Free Guide: Where to Open Bank Accounts in Asia
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Asian Bank Account Opening
Opening an Asian bank account can give you access to one of the best banking hubs in the world: Singapore. The region also offers many lesser-known banking gems like Taiwan.
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Asian Bank Account Opening 101
Before jumping in, here are some of the key takeaways about opening Asian bank accounts that shouldn’t be missed.
- Asian bank accounts can be opened by non-residents & businesses
- Remote account opening is available for most clients in most countries
- Preference is given to individuals & businesses with regional ties
- Asia is home to some of the best & some of the worst banks in the world
- Deposit requirements vary dramatically between countries & banks
- Fees should be clear and agreed to in advance of opening
- Traditional Asian hubs (e.g. Hong Kong) should be reconsidered in light of recent political developments
Why Bank in Asia?
It’s no longer a secret that Asia is one of the most powerful economic forces in the world, but macroeconomics aside, why might you consider banking here?
Well, Asia’s economic prosperity has resulted in a significant accumulation of wealth. And where there’s wealth, there’s banking.
Through a combination of international and local banks, Asian countries like Singapore have quickly joined the most revered banking hubs in the world – with reputations rivaling century-old safe havens like Switzerland, Liechtenstein, and Luxembourg.
Additionally, Asia is also home to lesser-known banking opportunities, including Asia’s very own offshore tax haven, Taiwan. Cut off from the rest of the world (thanks to Chinese veto power), Taiwan has become an interesting offshore banking hub for individuals and businesses.
There are, of course, many other Asian banking hubs to consider. From traditional jurisdictions like Hong Kong to other offshore jurisdictions like Labuan.
But regardless of where you choose to open bank accounts in Asia, you will benefit from an inherently international banking environment, access to a wide range of currencies, and (in most cases) an openness to non-residents and international transactions.
Can You Open an Asian Bank Account Remotely?
In most cases, individuals and businesses can open bank accounts in Asia remotely. This includes opening accounts with the top banks in places like Singapore.
Keep in mind, however, remote account opening typically requires higher deposits and may not be available to “high-risk” clients.
It’s also important to mention that many Asian banks have restrictions on the products that they can offer residents of the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, the EU, and elsewhere. That said, accounts can still be opened, they will just have a more limited selection of investment products and account options.
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Asian Bank Account Opening
Below you’ll find our archive of free resources to assist with opening (and maintaining) Asian bank accounts.
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