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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

Bank CitySwift Code
BANK OF AMERICALOS ANGELESPMFAUS66
BARCLAYS BANK PLCMIAMIBARCUS3M
CITIBANK INTERNATIONALCHICAGOCITIUS33CHI
REINSURANCE GROUP OF AMERICA, INC.ST. LOUISRGARUS4A
CARLSON CAPITAL, L.P.DALLASCLPTUS44
CHARLES SCHWAB AND CO INC.SAN FRANCISCOCSCHUS66
BANK LEUMI USAMIAMILUMIUS3NMIA
HSBC BANK USA, N.A.NEW YORKMRMDUS33
UBS AG STAMFORD BRANCHSAN FRANCISCOUBSWUS33SFO
MORGAN STANLEY AND CO., LLCNEW YORKMSNYUS33CTR

UK

BankCitySwift Code
AON PLCLONDONAONPGB2L
BAILLIE GIFFORD AND CO.EDINBURGHBAGIGB22
BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. LONDONLONDONBOFAGB2UTSY
BANK OF INDIAGLASGOWBKIDGB2LGLA
BARCLAYS BANK UK PLCLONDONBUKBGB22BSL
BARCLAYS BANK UK PLCLONDONBUKBGB22BSL
CO-OPERATIVE BANK PLC.LONDONCPBKGB22TGT
HSBC UK BANK PLCBIRMINGHAMHBUKGB4BRTN
NATIONAL WESTMINSTER BANK PLCLEEDSNWBKGB2LLDS
SANTANDER UK PLCBOOTLEABBYGB2L

Singapore

Bank CitySwift Code
ABN AMRO BANK N.V. SINGAPORE BRANCHSINGAPOREABNASG2A
BANK OF AMERICA (SINGAPORE) LTD.SINGAPOREBOFASG3XJVC
BANK OF TAIWANSINGAPOREBKTWSGSG
BNP PARIBAS - SINGAPORE BRANCHSINGAPOREBNPASGSGONG
CITIBANK,N.A.SINGAPORECITISGSGCC1
CREDIT SUISSE (SINGAPORE) LIMITEDSINGAPORECSFBSGSX
DBS BANK LTDSINGAPOREDBSSSGSG
DEUTSCHE BANK AGSINGAPOREDEUTSGSGDIA
ROYAL BANK OF CANADASINGAPOREROYCSGSG
WELLS FARGO BANK, NASINGAPOREPNBPSGSG

Australia

BankCitySwift Code
AUSTRACLEAR LIMITEDSYDNEYACLRAUSS
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND BANKING GROUP LIMITEDMELBOURNEANZBAU3MCFX
BANK OF CHINA (AUSTRALIA) LIMITEDADELAIDEBKCHAU2AADL
BNP PARIBAS AUSTRALIASYDNEYBNPAAU2S200
COMMONWEALTH BANK OF AUSTRALIAHOBARTCTBAAU2S700
MERRILL LYNCH EQUITIES (AUSTRALIA) LTDSYDNEYMLEQAU2SMLT
NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK LIMITEDDARWINNATAAU3308D
VANGUARD INVESTMENTS AUSTRALIA LTDSOUTHBANKVGRDAU3M
STATE STREET AUSTRALIA LIMITEDSYDNEYSSALAU2X
WEIR MINERALS AUSTRALIA LIMITEDARTARMONWMALAU2S

Canada

BankCitySwift Code
BANK OF CANADAOTTAWABCANCAW2
BANK OF NOVA SCOTIATORONTONOSCCATMCMS
CENTRAL 1 CREDIT UNIONWINNIPEGCUCXCATTWPG
SBC BANK CANADAVANCOUVERHKBCCATT
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, TORONTO BRANCHTORONTOCHASCATTCTS
MERRILL LYNCH CANADA, INCTORONTOMLCICATT
ROYAL BANK OF CANADACALGARYROYCCAT2CIC
THE BANK OF NOVA SCOTIAHALIFAXNOSCCATTHFX
UBS BANK (CANADA)TORONTOUBSWCATT
WELLS FARGO BANK, N. A. CANADIAN BRANCHTORONTOPNBPCATT

Germany

BankCitySwift Code
CACEIS BANK, GERMANY BRANCHMUENCHENFMBKDEMM617
CITIBANK N.A., FILIALE FRANKFURT/MAINFRANKFURT AM MAINCITIDE55
DAIMLER AGSTUTTGARTDCAGDE6S
DEUTSCHE BANK AGAACHENDEUTDEDB390
MORGAN STANLEY BANK AGFRANKFURT AM MAINMSFFDEFXCNV
SCHWAEBISCHE BANKSTUTTGARTSCHWDESSTGT
STATE STREET BANK INTERNATIONAL GMBHMUENCHENSBOSDEMXFEX
UNICREDIT BANK AG (HYPOVEREINSBANK)NUERNBERGHYVEDEMMCAR
VOLKSBANK STUTTGART EGSTUTTGARTVOBADESS
WELLS FARGO BANK INTERNATIONAL UC FRANKFURT BRANCHFRANKFURT AM MAINPNBPDEFF

New Zealand

Bank CitySwift Code
ANZ BANK NEW ZEALAND LIMITEDAUCKLANDANZBNZ22102
ANZ BANK NEW ZEALAND LIMITEDWELLINGTONANZBNZ22058
BANK OF NEW ZEALANDCHRISTCHURCHBKNZNZ22800
HARBOUR ASSET MANAGEMENT LIMITEDWELLINGTONHAAMNZ2B
JPMORGAN CHASE BANK, N.A., NEW ZEALAND BRANCHWELLINGTONCHASNZ2A
KIWIBANK LIMITEDWELLINGTONKIWINZ22
TSB BANK LIMITEDNEW PLYMOUTHTSBANZ22
RESERVE BANK OF NEW ZEALANDWELLINGTONRBNZNZ2S
FORSYTH BARR LIMITEDDUNEDINFORBNZ23
CRAIGS INVESTMENT PARTNERS LTDTAURANGACGIPNZ22

UAE

BankCitySwift Code
ABU DHABI COMMERCIAL BANKABU DHABIADCBAEAA
AL AHLI BANK OF KUWAIT K.S.C.P, DUBAI BRANCHDUBAIABKKAEAD
AL HILAL BANKABU DHABIHLALAEAA
ARAB BANK PLCABU DHABIARABAEADABD
BANK OF SHARJAH, THESHARJAHSHARAEAS
CENTRAL BANK OF THE U.A.E.ABU DHABICBAUAEAA
COMMERCIAL BANK OF DUBAIDUBAICBDUAEADDER
DOHA BANKDUBAIDOHBAEAD
FIRST ABU DHABI BANK PJSCFUJAIRAHNBADAEAADIB
SHINHAN BANK CO LTD. DUBAI BRANCHDUBAISHBKAEAD

Russia

BankCitySwift Code
'RESO CREDIT' BANKMOSCOWRETLRUMM
AK BARS BANKKAZANARRSRU2K
ALEKSANDROVSKY BANKST. PETERSBURGITEHRU2P
AVANGARD BANKMOSCOWAVJSRUMM
BANK LEVOBEREZHNY PJSCNOVOSIBIRSKLEVBRU55
COMMERCIAL BANK 'RBA' (LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY)MAKHACHKALAIRBARU22MAH
FAR EASTERN BANKVLADIVOSTOKFAEBRU8V
SBERBANK (BAIKALSKY HEAD OFFICE)IRKUTSKSABRRU66
LOCKO BANKMOSCOWCLOKRUMM
MORGAN STANLEY BANKMOSCOWMSBKRUMM

Italy

Bank CitySwift Code
BANCA ALBERTINI S.P.A.MILANOALSSITM2
BANCA CARIGE SPA - CASSA DI RISPARMIO DI GENOVA E IMPERIAGENOVACRGEITGG057
CACEIS BANK, ITALY BRANCHMILANOISAEITMMFRA
CREDIT AGRICOLE ITALIA S.P.A.EMPOLICRPPIT2P655
CREDIT AGRICOLE ITALIA S.P.A.PARMACRPPIT2P
UBI BANCA S.P.A.FERNOBLOPIT22944
UBI BANCA SPATREVIBLOPIT22A13
VIVA PAYMENT SERVICES S.A. ITALIAN BRANCHMILANOVPAYITM2
ZUCCHI S.P.A.MILANOZUCCITM2
VIVAL BANCA - BCC DI MONTECATINI TERME, BIENTINA E S.PIETRO IN VINCIOMONTECATINI TERMEICRAITRR030

France

BankCitySwift Code
BANQUE CENTRALE DE COMPENSATION - LCH.CLEARNET SAPARISBACPFRPPRCP
BANQUE DE FRANCEPARISBDFEFR2TC30
BNP PARIBAS SECURITIES SERVICES, FRANCEPARISPARBFRPP
CBP GROUPPARISCBSPFR22
COMPAGNIE DAHER S.A.MARSEILLEDAHRFR2M
CREDIT AGRICOLEBRUNOYAGRIFRPPBRU
CREDIT AGRICOLETOULOUSEAGRIFRPP831
HSBC FRANCE (FORMERLY HSBC CCF)PARISCCFRFRPP
ONEY BANKCROIXBACCFR22
Societe GeneraleLYONSOGEFRPPLPA

Kuwait

BankCitySwift Code
AHLI UNITED BANK K.S.C.P.KUWAITBKMEKWKW
BNP PARIBAS KUWAITKUWAITBNPAKWKW
CENTRAL BANK OF KUWAITSAFATCBKUKWKW
COMMERCIAL BANK OF KUWAIT KPSC,THEFAHAHEELCOMBKWKWA66
COMMERCIAL BANK OF KUWAIT KPSC,THEKUWAITCOMBKWKWA62
GULF BANK, K.S.C.KUWAITGULBKWKW
DOHA BANKKUWAITDOHBKWKW
FIRST ABU DHABI BANK (FORMERLY NATIONAL BANK OF ABU DHABI)SAFATNBADKWKW
HSBC BANK MIDDLE EAST LIMITEDKUWAITHBMEKWKW
QATAR NATIONAL BANKKUWAITQNBAKWKW

Saudi Arabia

BankCitySwift Code
AL INMA BANKRIYADHINMASARI
ARAB NATIONAL BANKRIYADHARNBSARI
BANK AL BILADDAMMAMALBISARIDAM
BANKMUSCATRIYADHBMUSSARI
DEUTSCHE BANK AG, RIYADH BRANCHRIYADHDEUTSARI
FIRST ABU DHABI BANKRIYADHFABMSARI
ISLAMIC DEVELOPMENT BANKJEDDAHISLDSAJE
RIYAD BANKRIYADHRIBLSARI
YANBU ARAMCO SINOPEC REFINING (YASREF) LIMITEDYANBUYASRSADB
SAUDI 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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