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What is a Bank Swift Code? Get all the Details for Swift Code

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A Swift Code is nothing but a Swift number that works as a standard format for Business Identifier Code (BIC). The Swift Code is used for the identification of banks and financial institutes globally.

It talks about the location and the place. It can be referred to as an international bank code or a unique identification number. The code is used when there needs to be a transfer of money between banks globally.

It is used for internal remittances or wire transfers you make abroad. Banks use the Swift Codes to exchange messages; there is transparency in communication with the Swift Code or BIC code.

Understanding Format of Swift/BIC Code with Examples

A swift or BIC Code is an 8 to 11 digit code that helps identify the country, city, bank, and branch.

The format of Swift Code:

  • Bank Code – It is the four letters that represent the bank. You can say it as the shorter version of the bank name.
  • Country Code – Representing two letters of the country the bank is located in.
  • Location Code – It is any two characters made from numbers or letters.
  • Branch Code – Three digits specifying the branch.

Example – Axis Bank: Delhi – Kirti Nagar – Swift Code: AXISINBB250, the branch code here is 250.

Dena Bank: Mumbai – Dadar – Swift Code: BKDNINBBDDR, here the branch code of Dadar is DDR.

Why is Swift Code Required for International Money Transfer?

Swift Code is essential for international money transfer facilities. There is a network of banks globally that work according to Swift Codes. It gives the bank a unique identity, so the transfer process is easier.

With Swift Codes, the process of transfer takes less time. You’ll be able to send to more than 150 destinations in the world. Without the use of a Swift Code, your bank transfer may not get to the right destination.

How do I find a SWIFT code?

You can find the SWIFT code via:-

1. Bank Passbook/Account Statement – The swift code is usually available on the first page of your passbook. The paper statements that you get often have the SWIFT code as well. However, if you haven’t subscribed for a hard copy of the bank statement, or get it in your email as a soft copy, then you can log into online banking and view the SWIFT code on the account statement given there.

2. Bank’s Website – Most banks list SWIFT codes on their website for easy accessibility. It can probably be seen under the FAQs section about international transactions or separately under a dedicated segment for finding bank’s various codes.

3.  Making a Call – You can call and inquire about your bank’s swift code through customer care or directly via bank tellers and employees.

4. Third-Party Websites – There are many third-party website’s which have SWIFT code listed for various banks. You can make a query on them to find it.

List of World Famous Banks with Swift Codes (Country Wise):

USA

IDBank CitySwift Code
1BANK OF AMERICALOS ANGELESPMFAUS66
2BARCLAYS BANK PLCMIAMIBARCUS3M
3CITIBANK INTERNATIONALCHICAGOCITIUS33CHI
4REINSURANCE GROUP OF AMERICA, INC.ST. LOUISRGARUS4A
5CARLSON CAPITAL, L.P.DALLASCLPTUS44
6CHARLES SCHWAB AND CO INC.SAN FRANCISCOCSCHUS66
7BANK LEUMI USAMIAMILUMIUS3NMIA
8HSBC BANK USA, N.A.NEW YORKMRMDUS33
9UBS AG STAMFORD BRANCHSAN FRANCISCOUBSWUS33SFO
10MORGAN STANLEY AND CO., LLCNEW YORKMSNYUS33CTR

UK

IDBankCitySwift Code
1AON PLCLONDONAONPGB2L
2BAILLIE GIFFORD AND CO.EDINBURGHBAGIGB22
3BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. LONDONLONDONBOFAGB2UTSY
4BANK OF INDIAGLASGOWBKIDGB2LGLA
5BARCLAYS BANK UK PLCLONDONBUKBGB22BSL
6BARCLAYS BANK UK PLCLONDONBUKBGB22BSL
7CO-OPERATIVE BANK PLC.LONDONCPBKGB22TGT
8HSBC UK BANK PLCBIRMINGHAMHBUKGB4BRTN
9NATIONAL WESTMINSTER BANK PLCLEEDSNWBKGB2LLDS
10SANTANDER UK PLCBOOTLEABBYGB2L

Singapore

IDBank CitySwift Code
1ABN AMRO BANK N.V. SINGAPORE BRANCHSINGAPOREABNASG2A
2BANK OF AMERICA (SINGAPORE) LTD.SINGAPOREBOFASG3XJVC
3BANK OF TAIWANSINGAPOREBKTWSGSG
4BNP PARIBAS - SINGAPORE BRANCHSINGAPOREBNPASGSGONG
5CITIBANK,N.A.SINGAPORECITISGSGCC1
6CREDIT SUISSE (SINGAPORE) LIMITEDSINGAPORECSFBSGSX
7DBS BANK LTDSINGAPOREDBSSSGSG
8DEUTSCHE BANK AGSINGAPOREDEUTSGSGDIA
9ROYAL BANK OF CANADASINGAPOREROYCSGSG
10WELLS FARGO BANK, NASINGAPOREPNBPSGSG

Australia

IDBankCitySwift Code
1AUSTRACLEAR LIMITEDSYDNEYACLRAUSS
2AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITEDMELBOURNEANZBAU3MCFX
3BANK OF CHINA (AUSTRALIA) LIMITEDADELAIDEBKCHAU2AADL
4BNP PARIBAS AUSTRALIASYDNEYBNPAAU2S200
5COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIAHOBARTCTBAAU2S700
6MERRILL LYNCH EQUITIES (AUSTRALIA) LTDSYDNEYMLEQAU2SMLT
7NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITEDDARWINNATAAU3308D
8VANGUARD INVESTMENTS AUSTRALIA LTDSOUTHBANKVGRDAU3M
9STATE STREET AUSTRALIA LIMITEDSYDNEYSSALAU2X
10WEIR MINERALS AUSTRALIA LIMITEDARTARMONWMALAU2S

Canada

IDBankCitySwift Code
1BANK OF CANADAOTTAWABCANCAW2
2BANK OF NOVA SCOTIATORONTONOSCCATMCMS
3CENTRAL 1 CREDIT UNIONWINNIPEGCUCXCATTWPG
4SBC BANK CANADAVANCOUVERHKBCCATT
5JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, TORONTO BRANCHTORONTOCHASCATTCTS
6MERRILL LYNCH CANADA, INCTORONTOMLCICATT
7ROYAL BANK OF CANADACALGARYROYCCAT2CIC
8THE BANK OF NOVA SCOTIAHALIFAXNOSCCATTHFX
9UBS BANK (CANADA)TORONTOUBSWCATT
10WELLS FARGO BANK, N. A. CANADIAN BRANCHTORONTOPNBPCATT

Germany

IDBankCitySwift Code
1CACEIS BANK, GERMANY BRANCHMUENCHENFMBKDEMM617
2CITIBANK N.A., FILIALE FRANKFURT/MAINFRANKFURT AM MAINCITIDE55
3DAIMLER AGSTUTTGARTDCAGDE6S
4DEUTSCHE BANK AGAACHENDEUTDEDB390
5MORGAN STANLEY BANK AGFRANKFURT AM MAINMSFFDEFXCNV
6SCHWAEBISCHE BANKSTUTTGARTSCHWDESSTGT
7STATE STREET BANK INTERNATIONAL GMBHMUENCHENSBOSDEMXFEX
8UNICREDIT BANK AG (HYPOVEREINSBANK)NUERNBERGHYVEDEMMCAR
9VOLKSBANK STUTTGART EGSTUTTGARTVOBADESS
10WELLS FARGO BANK INTERNATIONAL UC FRANKFURT BRANCHFRANKFURT AM MAINPNBPDEFF

New Zealand

IDBank CitySwift Code
1ANZ BANK NEW ZEALAND LIMITEDAUCKLANDANZBNZ22102
2ANZ BANK NEW ZEALAND LIMITEDWELLINGTONANZBNZ22058
3BANK OF NEW ZEALANDCHRISTCHURCHBKNZNZ22800
4HARBOUR ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITEDWELLINGTONHAAMNZ2B
5JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., NEW ZEALAND BRANCHWELLINGTONCHASNZ2A
6KIWIBANK LIMITEDWELLINGTONKIWINZ22
7TSB BANK LIMITEDNEW PLYMOUTHTSBANZ22
8RESERVE BANK OF NEW ZEALANDWELLINGTONRBNZNZ2S
9FORSYTH BARR LIMITEDDUNEDINFORBNZ23
10CRAIGS INVESTMENT PARTNERS LTDTAURANGACGIPNZ22

UAE

IDBankCitySwift Code
1ABU DHABI COMMERCIAL BANKABU DHABIADCBAEAA
2AL AHLI BANK OF KUWAIT K.S.C.P, DUBAI BRANCHDUBAIABKKAEAD
3AL HILAL BANKABU DHABIHLALAEAA
4ARAB BANK PLCABU DHABIARABAEADABD
5BANK OF SHARJAH, THESHARJAHSHARAEAS
6CENTRAL BANK OF THE U.A.E.ABU DHABICBAUAEAA
7COMMERCIAL BANK OF DUBAIDUBAICBDUAEADDER
8DOHA BANKDUBAIDOHBAEAD
9FIRST ABU DHABI BANK PJSCFUJAIRAHNBADAEAADIB
10SHINHAN BANK CO LTD. DUBAI BRANCHDUBAISHBKAEAD

Russia

IDBankCitySwift Code
1'RESO CREDIT' BANKMOSCOWRETLRUMM
2AK BARS BANKKAZANARRSRU2K
3ALEKSANDROVSKY BANKST. PETERSBURGITEHRU2P
4AVANGARD BANKMOSCOWAVJSRUMM
5BANK LEVOBEREZHNY PJSCNOVOSIBIRSKLEVBRU55
6COMMERCIAL BANK 'RBA' (LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY)MAKHACHKALAIRBARU22MAH
7FAR EASTERN BANKVLADIVOSTOKFAEBRU8V
8SBERBANK (BAIKALSKY HEAD OFFICE)IRKUTSKSABRRU66
9LOCKO BANKMOSCOWCLOKRUMM
10MORGAN STANLEY BANKMOSCOWMSBKRUMM

France

IDBank CitySwift Code
1BANCA ALBERTINI S.P.A.MILANOALSSITM2
2BANCA CARIGE SPA - CASSA DI RISPARMIO DI GENOVA E IMPERIAGENOVACRGEITGG057
3CACEIS BANK, ITALY BRANCHMILANOISAEITMMFRA
4CREDIT AGRICOLE ITALIA S.P.A.EMPOLICRPPIT2P655
5CREDIT AGRICOLE ITALIA S.P.A.PARMACRPPIT2P
6UBI BANCA S.P.A.FERNOBLOPIT22944
7UBI BANCA SPATREVIBLOPIT22A13
8VIVA PAYMENT SERVICES S.A. ITALIAN BRANCHMILANOVPAYITM2
9ZUCCHI S.P.A.MILANOZUCCITM2
10VIVAL BANCA - BCC DI MONTECATINI TERME, BIENTINA E S.PIETRO IN VINCIOMONTECATINI TERMEICRAITRR030

Italy

IDBankCitySwift Code
1BANQUE CENTRALE DE COMPENSATION - LCH.CLEARNET SAPARISBACPFRPPRCP
2BANQUE DE FRANCEPARISBDFEFR2TC30
3BNP PARIBAS SECURITIES SERVICES, FRANCEPARISPARBFRPP
4CBP GROUPPARISCBSPFR22
5COMPAGNIE DAHER S.A.MARSEILLEDAHRFR2M
6CREDIT AGRICOLEBRUNOYAGRIFRPPBRU
7CREDIT AGRICOLETOULOUSEAGRIFRPP831
8HSBC FRANCE (FORMERLY HSBC CCF)PARISCCFRFRPP
9ONEY BANKCROIXBACCFR22
10Societe GeneraleLYONSOGEFRPPLPA

Kuwait

IDBankCitySwift Code
1AHLI UNITED BANK K.S.C.P.KUWAITBKMEKWKW
2BNP PARIBAS KUWAITKUWAITBNPAKWKW
3CENTRAL BANK OF KUWAITSAFATCBKUKWKW
4COMMERCIAL BANK OF KUWAIT KPSC,THEFAHAHEELCOMBKWKWA66
5COMMERCIAL BANK OF KUWAIT KPSC,THEKUWAITCOMBKWKWA62
6GULF BANK, K.S.C.KUWAITGULBKWKW
7DOHA BANKKUWAITDOHBKWKW
8FIRST ABU DHABI BANK (FORMERLY NATIONAL BANK OF ABU DHABI)SAFATNBADKWKW
9HSBC BANK MIDDLE EAST LIMITEDKUWAITHBMEKWKW
10QATAR NATIONAL BANKKUWAITQNBAKWKW

Saudi Arabia

IDBankCitySwift Code
1AL INMA BANKRIYADHINMASARI
2ARAB NATIONAL BANKRIYADHARNBSARI
3BANK AL BILADDAMMAMALBISARIDAM
4BANKMUSCATRIYADHBMUSSARI
5DEUTSCHE BANK AG, RIYADH BRANCHRIYADHDEUTSARI
6FIRST ABU DHABI BANKRIYADHFABMSARI
7ISLAMIC DEVELOPMENT BANKJEDDAHISLDSAJE
8RIYAD BANKRIYADHRIBLSARI
9YANBU ARAMCO SINOPEC REFINING (YASREF) LIMITEDYANBUYASRSADB
10SAUDI ARAMCODHAHRANARAMSADH

FAQs on Swift/BIC Code

1. Is a BIC code the same as a SWIFT code?

Yes, there is no difference between BIC Code and Swift Code. Both are made up of letters and numbers used to identify location, city, bank, or country.

The number helps to identify the branch and bank where the account is registered. Both the codes have to provide information when there is the transfer of money from one bank to another bank.

2. Is a SWIFT code the same as an IBAN?

No, Swift Code and IBAN are both different. A Swift code gives a unique identification to a bank during international money transfers. An IBAN or International Bank Account Number helps to identify the individual account in money transfer.

The IBAN is specifically used in many countries globally and can be up to 34 characters or more. The number includes letters and numbers both. Both Swift Code and IBAN are imperative for a smooth transfer of money and online remittances globally.

3. Is Swift code the same as Sort code?

Sort Code is used for domestic bank transfers in England and Ireland only, whereas Swift Code is used for international bank transfers worldwide. Sort Code can be used as a transfer for location within the country or city. Swift Code is for the safety of money and transactions internationally.

Sort Code has six unique characters, and Swift Code is anywhere between 8 to 11 characters depending on the location or country. Swift Code has both numbers and alphabets, but Sort Code has only numbers that differentiate both codes.

In Swift Code, the characters are divided into four different divisions, but this is not the case with Sort Code.

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