Swedish Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong’s member company Primasia Corporate Services Limited has shared an update in regards to opening a bank account in Hong Kong.
The update reads:
“HSBC is now able to conduct the account opening ‘Know Your Client’ via telephone, after which the HSBC officer will email the Application Forms to the customer for signing.
If the Directors are already existing customers, holding personal or business accounts with HSBC Hong Kong, and HSBC has their signature already on file, then the customer can simply sign and return the original forms to them.
For customers who are not holding a personal HK HSBC bank account, the customer would need to sign the Application Forms in front of a bank (this can be either HSBC or any other bank) or a branch staff member. The staff should then stamp their full name and staff identification number next to every signature.
However, the client has to find a suitable bank (presumably their existing banker) themselves – i.e. to find a bank officer to verify their signature.
The original forms would then need to be couriered back to the HSBC Hong Kong officer in charge for submission.”