IBAN and BIC for quicker payment transactions.
IBAN and BIC are standardized terms worldwide in the sphere of payment services. IBAN is an international format for account numbers. BIC designates the bank. IBAN and BIC make payment transactions quicker and easier – in Switzerland and worldwide.
IBAN in detail
IBAN stands for international bank account number and is a globally valid format for account numbers. Every IBAN number is structured according to the same system. The country, financial institution and account number are uniquely identifiable from the IBAN. IBAN enables payments to be processed automatically. This makes payment transactions faster and easier.
Example of an IBAN (21 characters)
Example of a BIC (11 characters)
IBAN and BIC are required in Europe
European banks already require that the IBAN and BIC of payment recipients be provided. If this information is missing from the payment order, the order has to be processed manually. The recipient bank passes on the processing fees to the party who ordered the payment. Recipient banks abroad may even refuse to accept cross-border payment orders that are not accompanied by an IBAN and BIC.
You can find further details in our information sheet IBAN and BIC – important standards in payment transactions.
Please contact us if you have any further questions on IBAN and BIC. Our client advisors will be happy to help you with any questions you may have in relation to payment transactions.
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