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There are three types of bank in Hong Kong, Licensed Banks, Restricted Licence Banks (RLB) and Deposit Taking Companies (DTC). However, only licensed banks can operate current and savings accounts.

Retail banks provide a selection of different account services and tiers. Savings accounts can be in US dollars, renminbi or in Hong Kong dollars. Most banks allow customers to link savings, cheque (current account), credit card and debit card services to a master account. In most circumstances, customers can avoid bank service charges in exchange for a minimum deposit into these accounts.

Using a Hong Kong Bank Account

Banks in Hong Kong provide similar services to those that can be expected from any major bank throughout the world. These include, but are not limited to:

·         savings and current accounts

·         direct debits

·         standing orders

·         currency exchange

·         money transfers

·         insurance and investment services

Telephone and e-banking are popular in Hong Kong and are usually free of charge. Many telephone services operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Automated teller machines (ATMs) are abundant and located all over the city. In addition to withdrawing cash, there are ATM machines for paying bills, depositing cheques and depositing cash.


Banks provide customers with cheque booklets with individual cheques containing standard information such as the account number, cheque number, payable to, the amount, date of issue, name and signature.

Note: Cheques are not widely accepted by merchants and retailers in Hong Kong.

Credit cards

Banks issue a variety of credit cards with different credit limits depending on the client's credentials and annual salary.

To register for a credit card, the banks generally require the following information:

l           proof of salary or salary statements for the last three months

l           proof of Hong Kong address

l           proof of Hong Kong ID or passport

Debit cards

Debit cards are issued to customers with either a savings or current account. Debit cards can be used to access accounts for the withdrawal of cash in place of a credit card at some banks and ATMs.



Banking Costs

Many banks charge fees to customers for the following services:

l           closing an account

l           inactive bank accounts with less than HKD 2,000

l           transfers

l           changing standing orders

l           overdraft service and fees depend on the type of account the client holds


Paying Bills

Online transfers and telephone banking are options for paying household bills through the banks. The utility companies and the Hong Kong government have accounts into which money can be transferred.

Setting up online transfers and telephone banking usually requires an instruction form and a signature. The process may take from several days to a week



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