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Opening an account with one of Sino-Singapore's biggest banks.

If you’re looking for a current account to meet your daily transaction needs, the Bank of China (BOC) has a few options to choose from – be it a SGD/RMB denominated or multi-currency accounts.

In this guide, we’ll cover the various current accounts offered by BOC, their benefits and fees, as well as how to sign up for them.

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Bank of China (BOC) current accounts come with a huge range of features and fees — which should you choose from? This guide will help you answer that, by exploring the accounts offered by BOC and how to sign up for them.

About Bank of China Singapore

Established on 15 June 1936, Bank of China Singapore Branch holds a qualifying full bank license (QFB) and has a large network of branches and ATMs in Singapore. Its offers a full suite of banking services, including corporate banking, personal banking and investment banking.

    What current accounts does BOC offer?

    • Multi-currency account. This BOC account covers both SGD and nine foreign currencies.
    • Current account. This is a non-interest bearing statement-based chequing account.
    • RMB current account. This is a non-interest bearing, Renminbi-denominated current account. It allows for RMB remittance, RMB exchange, cash deposits and withdrawals.

    Key features

    BOC offers accounts come with a variety of features, often specific to the account type. However, you may generally expect these traits.
    • Preferential interest rates
    • Quick sign-up processes
    • Reward schemes
    • Strong customer service support

    Fees and limits

    Although the fees differ across accounts, you may encounter the following costs.
    • Fall-below fee. This type of fee is charged when your monthly account balance falls below a certain amount. For example, the Singapore Dollar Savings Account charges $2 if your monthly average balance falls below $2,000.
    • Early account closure fee. You may be charged a fee if your account is closed before a set time period has passed. In general, the early closure fee for BOC accounts is $30.
    • Commission in-lieu of exchange for foreign currency cash deposits (RMB). You may be subject to a 0.8% fee when exchanging foreign currency cash deposits in RMB, with a minimum fee of RMB 100.
    • Miscellaneous fees. Such fees could be due to costs related to replacing a lost card, returning a cheque due to technical reasons and losing your passbook.

    How to sign up

    Singaporeans and PRs applicants can apply online with their SingPass, a simple and secure application process that speeds up the process by retrieving your personal details and income information directly from MyInfo. Alternatively, you can also fill up an online application form listed on BOC website if you don’t have a SingPass account.

    If you’re a foreigner, you’ll need to apply in-person at any BOC branches.

    Like any other bank accounts in Singapore, make sure that you meet the eligibility criteria for the specific account that you’re interested in and have all the relevant documents you need on hand.

    Eligibility criteria

    The specific eligibility criteria may vary depending on the specific BOC account you’re applying for, but you’d typically need to meet these requirements:

    • Age. You must be at least 18 years of age
    • Residency. Singapore citizen, permanent resident or foreigner.

    Required documents

    Make sure you have the following information and documents ready when you apply:

    • Singapore citizens and permanent residents. ID and the latest copy of a proof of residence (e.g. local utility bill, local telecommunication bill, local bank statement) for in-branch application.
    • Foreigners with a valid permit. Original passport, Employment Pass/ S Pass/ Student Pass/ Long-term Social Visit Pass, proof of address (bank statement/ utility bills/ mobile bill/ tenancy agreement within 3 months)

    The verdict

    BOC offers plenty of accounts specifically catering to SGD-RMB transaction needs. It’s therefore especially useful if you regularly make payments in RMB, pay bills in RMB, receive your salary in RMB or wish to remit money in RMB. If you’re a Chinese expatriate in Singapore or a Singaporean residing in China, BOC may be perfect for your overall banking needs.

    However, make sure that you take the time to shop around and compare options from other banks before signing up.

    Compare a range of current accounts in Singapore

    Data updated regularly
    Name Product Monthly fee Minimum Initial Deposit Fall below monthly fees Mobile payments
    POSB current account
    S$2
    S$0
    S$2
    Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, NETSPay, PayLah!
    Benefit from automatic top-up feature and free chequebooks with this checking account.
    CIMB StarSaver Account
    S$1
    S$5,000
    S$0
    Samsung Pay
    This combined current and savings account offers three interest tiers based on the size of your account balance.
    OCBC Frank Account
    S$2
    S$0
    S$2
    Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, Fitbit Pay, Garmin Pay, NETSPay
    This fee-free starter account offers 4x higher interest than regular savings accounts and a customisable debit card.
    UOB Current Account
    S$0
    S$1,000
    S$7.50
    Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay
    Manage your day-to-day finances with this statement-based chequeing account and enjoy a 3-year waiver on your UOB debit card.
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    Disclaimer: Interest rates are applicable for deposits between S$1,000 and S$49,999. Interest rate and initial deposit are shown in Singapore dollars. Please check with the provider for deposits and rates in other amounts and currencies.

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