Can A Us Citizen Open A Bank Account In France

If you don’t live in France for more than 183 days in a year and aren’t a tax resident, then you’re allowed to open a compte non-resident account (non-resident account). This is a simple current account for everyday usage.

With a non-resident bank account, you’ll have more limitations on cash withdrawals, payments, and transferring funds. Also, some banks might ask you to have the minimum deposit in your account at all times and pay higher subscription fees.

What are the requirements to open a bank account in France for non-residents?

  1. Passport
  2. Visa
  3. Proof of employment for employees and proof of enrollment in a French education institution for students (student card)
  4. Bank statements from your previous bank
  5. Address in the country you’re resident

The best banks to open an account in as a non-resident in France

Most traditional banks don’t open accounts for non-residents. And those who do will ask you to have money in your account and pay substantial subscription fees. So the most convenient way to open a French bank account for non-residents is through online banks like N26 and Revolut. They also don’t require proof of income, address, minimum deposit, and no subscription fees. Nickel is another great online bank that requires only €20 on the account annually.