Best International Banks for Expats Living Abroad

Although some banks offer free ATM use — including reimbursement of any fees charged by the machine’s owner.

It’s usually available internationally only for those with premium checking accounts, which tend to require high minimum balances. Luckily, there are international banking options that cater to a variety of needs. Here are examples of international banks:

Capital One

Expats can use the Capital One 360 interest-bearing checking solution offered by Capital One Financial Corp. (COF) without paying maintenance, foreign transaction or ATM fees.

Charles Schwab Bank

For expats seeking a low-cost checking account for international use, the Schwab Bank High Yield Investor Checking Account offered by the Charles Schwab Corp. (SCHW) pays rebates on all ATM charges, processes transactions in foreign currencies at no charge and does not charge service fees.


There are Citibank ATM Network is available in over 40 countries, so accessing an ATM may not be a problem. A subsidiary of Citigroup Inc. (C), offers expats the convenience of handling their financial affairs in offices around the world, as well as online.


The international footprint of HSBC Holdings PLC (HSBC) provides expats an unparalleled physical presence with approximately 6,000 offices in over 70 countries in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.

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