Your full guide to Bank of America in India

Aman Saxena

Bank of America, or BofA for short, is an American based financial institution and is one of the largest and most popular banks in the US.

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Is Bank of America available in India?

⚠️ Bank of America is not available to retail customers in India, so you cannot open a personal bank account with them in India.

But if you are an existing Bank of America customer from the US, you are most likely able to use your debit and credit cards in India.

It is recommended to inform Bank of America ahead of your travels to ensure your transactions don’t get blocked in India or flagged.

BofA in India is primarily for Indian corporate clients, financial institutions, multinational corporate or MNCs, American companies that are in India, and foreign government entities.
Here are the different offerings for these corporate and government clients:¹

  • Financial products
  • Lending
  • Working capital
  • Treasury services
  • Trade services
  • Foreign Exchange
  • Interest rates

Bank of America branches in India

There are 4 branches in India for Bank of America:²

City Address Telephone
Bangalore 5th Floor, B WingSalarpuria WindsorNo. 3, Ulsoor RoadBengaluru (Bangalore), Karnataka 560 042 +91.80.6600.6200
Delhi 1st and 2nd Floor, DLF CentreSansad MargNew Delhi 110 001 +91.11.6616.2000
Chennai 7F and 8F, EA ChambersExpress AvenueNo.49, 50-L, Whites Road Royapettah Chennai 600 014 +91.44.4290.4590
Mumbai Ground, 16th, 17th & 18th Floor,A Wing, One BKCG Block, Bandra Kurla ComplexBandra (East)Mumbai 400 051 +91.22.6632.3000

Bank of America Securities is also available to corporate clients. It was previously named DL Merrill Lynch Limited but now has been renamed to BofA Securities India Limited.

But when using your BofA card in India, you may be hit with international transaction fees and an exchange rate fee.

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How to open a Bank of America account in India?

At the moment it is not possible to open a traditional personal bank account in India with Bank of America. Bank of America in India, and Bank of America Securities in India, are only available to corporate clients.

Bank of America Wire Transfer

If you have an existing Bank of America account, you can make global money transfers using the bank’s service. Here is how it works.

You can send a wire transfer from your US BofA account to over 200 countries in 140 different currencies. You can take a look at the BofA’s Global Payments Guide to the full list of countries.

Here is a step by step guide on sending an international transaction for Bank of America account holders:

  1. Gather your recipient’s full bank details
  2. Sign in to Online Banking
  3. Click on Transfers
  4. Click on Send Money to Someone
  5. Click on Using their account number at another bank
  6. Follow the instructions to complete the transfer

If you are unsure of which bank details are required, click on the intended country in the BofA’s Global Payment Guide and then click on Payment Formatting Rules. This will tell you which information you will need to collect.

For India, you will be required to provide the following details:

  • Your full name and address
  • Recipient’s full name and address
  • Recipient’s account number
  • The beneficiary bank name
  • The beneficiary bank address
  • The 11 digit bank IFSC code (Indian Financial Sorting Code)
  • The beneficiary bank branch phone number (optional)

Specifically for transfers to India, you will be required to answer the purpose of the transfer. ³

International wire transfer fee

Bank of America has 2 fees with international wire transfers.

The first is a transfer fee. The international transfer fee is $35 if you are sending the funds in a foreign currency. However, if you are sending the transfer as US dollars, the fee is $45. ⁴

The fee you get on an international transfer can also depend on the depth of your relationship with Bank of America. In some instances, the transfer fee can be waived.

The second fee is the exchange rate fee. The exchange rate fee is a hidden fee in the exchange rate that takes a bite out of every dollar that is converted. Bank of America has a markup on the exchange rate they offer, which becomes the fee.

That is why you will find their exchange rate to be weaker than the mid market exchange rate. That's the same rate banks use amongst themselves. And although the difference looks small, it can add up quickly.

Transfer limit

While there is no set limit for wire transfers, amounts about $10,000 US Dollars can require additional security and verification. But the limit may vary depending on your relationship with Bank of America.

How much time does it take?

In most cases, the funds arrive in the recipient bank account within 1-2 business days if submitted by 5pm Eastern Time. It can take longer if the transfer is done on a weekend or at night.

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Safepass Bank of America

Safepass is an added layer of security and protection when you are using Online Banking with BofA.

If you sign up for Safepass, BofA will send you a One Time Password or code to your mobile phone to double check and authorize transactions using your account. This can also be for international transfers above $1,000 US Dollars.

Sources used for this article:

  1. BofA India
  2. Branches
  3. International wire transfer
  4. International wire transfer
  5. Safepass

All sources checked as of 27 October, 2021

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