How to Open a Personal Bank Account in Barbados

You can open a personal bank account in Barbados as a foreign non-resident by meeting account opening requirements and meeting a minimum account opening deposit.

In this article, we’ll share how to open a personal bank account in Barbados. However, it’s important to note that account opening success here will largely depend on the type of banking services you are looking for and several other key factors.

In this article, we’re going to help you navigate each of these factors and start the process of opening your Barbados bank account, including 100% remotely.

This article is part of our free series on establishing a banking profile in Barbados, which you can access by clicking here right now.

Feel free to use the table of contents to jump ahead to the sections most relevant to you.

Table of Contents

    1. How to Open a Personal Bank Account in Barbados
    2. Opening a Bank Account in Barbados as a Non-Resident
    3. Benefits of a Barbados Bank Account
    4. Frequently Asked Questions
    5. Ready to Open an Offshore Bank Account?

How to Open a Personal Bank Account in Barbados

To open a personal bank account in Barbados individuals should be prepared to deposit between 10,000 and 250,000 USD, depending on the bank and account desired. That said, Barbados is best suited to private banking and investment management. Prospective clients seeking lower deposits can often find better options elsewhere.

In fact, while Barbados is a popular destination for Canadian and British expats, banks here typically cater to clients seeking investment and wealth management services.

That said, unless you have a specific reason for accessing these attractive financial offerings and banking services in Barbados (such as a relevant double tax agreement), other jurisdictions will likely offer access to a wider range of banking options. However, if you’re looking to open a bank account in the Barbados Dollar (BBD), the currency of Barbados, then Barbados is worth considering.

With this in mind, international banking in Barbados is primarily focused on corporate clients. In fact, corporate financial banking and business bank accounts in Barbados represent approximately 85% of total bank assets in the country. So, while it is possible for certain non-resident clients to open personal accounts in Barbados, it isn’t the primary focus of most banks.

However, as mentioned, there may be specific reasons that you want to open bank accounts with banks in Barbados that make sense for your residency, citizenship, or structure. With this in mind, here’s a look at the specific guidelines for account opening and the Barbados banking requirements you can expect when opening a bank account here.

Requirements to Open Bank Accounts in Barbados

  • Qualifying deposit
  • Government-issued identification
  • Proof of residency (if applicable)
  • Tax ID (from country of residence)
  • Proof of address (from country of residence)
  • Bank statement (from current bank account)
  • Bank reference letter (not always required)

Can You Open a Barbados Account from Abroad?

Yes, you can open a Barbados bank account from abroad. This includes opening personal bank accounts, business bank accounts, wealth management accounts, and even private banking in Barbados. In fact, most of the international banking options available in Barbados can assist with account opening here or in other comparable jurisdictions.

Opening a Bank Account in Barbados as a Non-Resident

Opening a bank account in Barbados as a non-resident is not possible with most banks operating in the country. However, there are a number of banks that do accept foreign non-residents and allow 100% remote account opening.

Importantly, when opening a personal bank account, the most fitting institution and the best bank in Barbados requires various documents. In most cases, applicants should expect to provide reference letters, proof of income, and in certain instances tax returns and personal financial statements.

Additionally, since banks in Barbados primarily focus on private banking and wealth management, clients may be asked to provide sufficient documentation for source of funds and source of wealth when making large deposits.

Needless to say, bank selection is an important step in successfully opening a personal account in Barbados as a non-resident. This is especially true since there are financial instability concerns and risks to banking in Barbados, which you can learn more about by clicking here. That said, when it comes to international wire money transfers and sending money to Barbados, some banks here may have restrictions on how money can be received.

For now, we will share how you can find banks that accept non-residents, those that allow remote opening, and the benefits you can expect to unlock.

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Benefits of a Barbados Bank Account

The benefits of a Barbados bank account ultimately depend on the person looking to bank here. The reason for this is that certain banks offer different account types, accept different client types, and offer different interest rates and banking costs in Barbados.

Additionally, because Barbados has more than 40 double tax agreements in place, certain nationalities and residencies will be better positioned to take advantage of banking in the country.

In other words, depending on the type of account and client profile you have, you may be able to access certain financial solutions and benefits to banking in Barbados that are not available to others. That said, in certain instances, you may find that banks elsewhere offer a wider range of benefits. Not to mention, other jurisdictions may offer many more banks to choose from.

With this in mind, it’s important to consider which front-running financial institutions, including the largest banks in Barbados, offer the exact benefits you’re looking for prior to applying for accounts. You can do this by using the information in the GlobalBanks IQ Database or by accessing bank-specific information from our advanced international banking reports.

Benefits of a Barbados Bank Account

  • Remote opening is 100% possible
  • Accepting of most passports & residencies
  • Access to large international banks
  • Stable banking sector
  • English-speaking staff
  • English-speaking professional service providers
  • Commitment to international regulatory standards
  • And more

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few of the most common questions we receive from people exploring how to open a personal bank account in Barbados. If you have further questions you would like answered, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly.

What American Banks Are in Barbados?

There are no American banks in Barbados offering personal banking services. Instead, the only US bank in Barbados is Citibank. However, Citibank operates a merchant banking division in the country, focusing exclusively on large corporate, public sector, and government clients. That said, there are a number of North American banks in Barbados, as reflected in the international operations of several Canadian banks.

Can I Open a Bank Account as a Non-Resident?

Whether or not you can open a bank account as a non-resident ultimately depends on the country you choose to open an account in. Generally speaking, if you’re looking to open an external bank account to access offshore banking in Barbados as a non-resident you will need to choose a bank that accepts non-resident applicants and offers the specific services you require. That said, non-resident banking in Barbados usually caters to private banking and wealth management clients. So, if you are looking for lower deposit options, you may want to consider other jurisdictions.

Which Caribbean Country Is Best to Open a Bank Account?

The Caribbean country that is best to open a bank account in will ultimately depend on the various elements of your client profile. In other words, the services you require, your desired deposit level, your citizenship and residency status, and much more. Additionally, when choosing a Caribbean country to bank in, it’s important to consider the country’s economic and political risks, the stability of the banking sector, correspondent bank relationships, and more.

What International Banks Are Licensed in Barbados?

There are seven international banks that are licensed to operate in Barbados. The banks available to you will depend on the type of banking services you require and your desired relationship balance. This is because not all international banks offer retail banking services in Barbados. In fact, non-resident banking here caters to individuals seeking investment and wealth management services.

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The GlobalBanks editorial team comprises a group of subject-matter experts from across the banking world, including former bankers, analysts, investors, and entrepreneurs. All have in-depth knowledge and experience in various aspects of international banking. In particular, they have expertise in banking for foreigners, non-residents, and both foreign and offshore companies.

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