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Old 18.04.2012, 12:41
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Open Bank Account with Passport Only

Dear EF Members,

Do any banks allow the opening of non-salary type accounts (i.e. basic checking) with only a passport? Or is a visa and/or work-permit now mandatory?

Thank you.
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Old 18.04.2012, 12:46
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Re: Open Bank Account with Passport Only

PostFinance (at the Post Office) was doing that last time I checked. Only they won't call it a 'checking' account, but a 'Privatkonto'.
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Dear EF Members,

Do any banks allow the opening of non-salary type accounts (i.e. basic checking) with only a passport? Or is a visa and/or work-permit now mandatory?

Thank you.
You can open an account on line, with Swiss Post & some of the banks it's very easy.
Where do you live? Are you a US Citizen & how much money do you wish to deposit are possibly more important questions.
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They are Lebanese living in canton Vaud... (my parents, hehe embarrassing)

Just need an account for monthly allowance, bank card, international bank wire etc.

So Post Finance online best option?

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They are Lebanese living in canton Vaud... (my parents, hehe embarrassing)

Just need an account for monthly allowance, bank card, international bank wire etc.

So Post Finance online best option?
I believe the online form asks about permit for CH addresses, they send a letter by registered post so the postman sees your ID!
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