American Express

BankVic has an agency arrangement with American Express International Inc. to offer simple solutions for your foreign currency requirements. Whether you’re going overseas for a shopping spree or sending money to a family member abroad for their birthday, there's a range of secure and convenient options to suit your needs.

With over 150 years of experience in foreign exchange, you can trust American Express with your foreign currency requirements. Benefit from their exceptional service and superior foreign exchange expertise as one of the most established and respected providers of foreign exchange, globally.

Telegraphic transfers

Make quick and cost effective international payments in over 100 currencies. A telegraphic transfer (TT) is a secure, convenient and electronic means of depositing funds directly into your beneficiary’s account in a specified currency, both overseas and within Australia. TT's are the preferred method to make large value international payments as they are processed quickly, cost-effectively and securely. You should note that telegraphic transfers are not immediate – they can take anywhere between 5 and 7 working days to arrive, depending on the country.

2 easy ways to send a TT

  • Call 13 63 73 option 3
    9am - 4pm, Monday – Friday

  • Visit a branch
    9am - 4pm, Monday – Friday

You’ll be required to provide the following information in order to process a TT with us:

  • Name of beneficiary
  • Address of beneficiary
  • Bank name
  • Bank address
  • International Bank Account Number (IBAN)
  • Sort code (Bank identifier number/BSB number)
  • Swift code (Bank identifier code)
  • Account number

This cost-effective online payment solution allows you to make international payments quickly and conveniently.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges apply to telegraphic transfers. For full details, refer to our Fees & Charges PDS (PDF). Please note the corresponding bank/s may also charge a handling and acceptance fee/s.

We recommend that you review the amount of money you are sending against the possible fees the corresponding banks may charge.

For more information, please refer to the Telegraphic Transfers Product Disclosure Statement PDS (PDF) and Fees & Charges PDS (PDF), which is also available at our branch  or by calling 13 63 73.

Incoming telegraphic transfers

An incoming overseas deposit allows you to receive foreign currency converted into Australian dollars (AUD) into your account. You should note that telegraphic transfers are not immediate – they can take anywhere between 5 and 7 working days to arrive, depending on the country. Where an inbound transfer of AUD is received, a handling fee is applied by AMEX of AUD$5. No fee is applied by BankVic.

How to receive an incoming TT

The easiest way for you to provide instructions to your overseas sender is to complete the American Express Inward TT instructions online form. After you submit the form, a PDF file will appear on your screen, containing all of the important information you'll need to process your transfer, including the SWIFT Code (or Bank Code). You can then save and email that PDF file to your overseas sender.

Foreign currency drafts

Foreign currency bank drafts – commonly called drafts or foreign currency cheques – are simply bank cheques (drawn on a foreign bank) made to a recipient who can deposit the cheque directly into their own account.

Foreign currency bank drafts are issued in 16 major currencies and are an ideal secure payment method when you have small amounts to pay or you don’t know the banking details of the person or beneficiary you need to send the money to.

2 easy ways to order foreign currency drafts

  • Call 13 63 73 option 3
    9am - 4pm, Monday – Friday

  • Visit a branch
    9am - 4pm, Monday – Friday

When the draft is ready, it can be collected at any one of our branches, an American Express branch or mailed directly to you.

Foreign cash

Don't leave home without some cash on hand to pay for those immediate needs or unexpected charges.

With over 60 currencies available, we’re confident we can provide you with the foreign cash you require, no matter where in the world you are going.

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3 easy ways to order foreign cash

  • Call 13 63 73 option 3
    9am - 4pm, Monday – Friday

  • Visit a branch
    9am - 4pm, Monday – Friday

Your foreign cash will be available for collection within 2 - 3 business days from when you place the order.

If you place your order online, you can nominate the BankVic or American Express branch that you’d like to collect your foreign cash from.

If you place your order at a BankVic branch or by calling us, you’ll need to collect your foreign cash from the branch which you placed the order at.

Note: you’ll be asked to produce relevant photo identification when collecting your order.

FAQ

See our FAQ for detailed information about services offered by American Express Foreign Exchange Services, eg: how to order foreign cash, where/when to collect your order, identification needed when collecting your order, fees, etc.

BSB: 704 230

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