Our Basic Account is available to anyone applying for one of our accounts from an EU country outside the UK, and to UK citizens who are not eligible for one of our other current accounts.

Features and benefits

  • Free everyday banking – You don’t have to pay monthly fees, or charges if you accidentally go overdrawn.
  • Visa debit card – Use your card to withdraw cash at any cash machine, get mini statements, check your balance, pay your bills and top up your mobile.
  • Access to a range of services – 24 hour access to Online Banking, Mobile Banking plus Telephone Banking, branch services, and our mobile text alerts to receive balance, limit and overseas transaction alerts.

Bear in mind

  • Eligibility of EU residents and UK customers
    You may be able to get a Basic Account if you don’t meet the conditions for one of our other current accounts such as a Reward Account. This might be because you’re bankrupt, in financial difficulty, or if we’re not able to obtain information about your credit history (for example, because you live outside the UK). To find out more about applying for a Basic Account from another EU country, click on Applying from outside the UK below.
  • If you live in the UK
    You cannot apply for a Basic account directly. If you apply for one of our other current accounts, we will try to obtain information about your credit history to decide the most appropriate account for you. You can apply for one of our current accounts here
  • Some features this account doesn’t have - The Basic Account does not offer a planned overdraft, a chequebook, a contactless debit card or credit interest on your balance and it does not qualify for Cashback Extras.

If you are an existing customer who has become insolvent (e.g. bankrupt, or have entered into a voluntary agreement to prevent being declared bankrupt) please call us on 0345 720 3040 (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm and Sun 9am-5pm) or drop into your nearest branch.

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Current Account Switch Guarantee

We have designed the Current Account Switch Service to let you switch your current account from one bank or building society to another in a simple, reliable and stress-free way. It will only take seven working days. As your new current-account provider we offer the following guarantee.

  • The service is free to use and you can choose and agree your switch date with us.
  • We will take care of moving all your payments going out (for example, your Direct Debits and standing orders) and those coming in (for example, your salary).
  • If you have money in your old account, we will transfer it to your new account on your switch date.
  • We will arrange for payments accidentally made to your old account to be automatically redirected to your new account. We will also contact the sender and give them your new account details.
  • If there are any issues in making the switch, we will contact you before your switch date.
  • If anything goes wrong with the switch, as soon as we are told, we will refund any interest (paid or lost) and charges made on either your old or new current accounts as a result of this failure.

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For more information and FAQs, please read the Account Switching Guide (PDF).

To apply for Halifax Basic Account you must be 18 or older and be legally resident in the European Union (EU). If you already have a current account with another UK bank, you will need to switch when we open your Halifax Basic Account.

Before we open your account we need to see proof of your identity and address.

To complete your application, we will require original documents sent by post, which will be returned to you securely in due course. We don’t accept expired documents or documents printed off the internet.

Identity documents you can send by post:

  • current passport
  • EU/EEA photo driving licence
  • EU/EEA photo identity card
  • other documents can be accepted if presented in person in one of our UK branches.

If you have a non EU/EEA passport, we will also need proof of EU residency with your passport.

Apply here

Existing Easycash customers

You may be able to convert your existing Easycash account to a Basic Account or see if you’re eligible to upgrade to one of our other current accounts through Online Banking.

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How to apply

The Basic Account is only available if you’ve unsuccessfully applied for another current account and you live in the UK.

Apply for one of our other current accounts, like the Reward Current Account and if you’re unsuccessful we can usually offer you a Basic Account without needing to reapply if you’re an EU resident and UK customer.

Choose a current account

Alternatively, call us on 0345 720 3040 (Mon-Fri 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-6pm and Sun 9am-5pm) or drop into your nearest branch.

For more information and terms and conditions for this account read the Bank Account Getting Started Guide (PDF).

Need help understanding your credit rating?

Halifax Credit Checker is a free, simple online tool to help you understand your UK credit rating. You’ll also be able to access top tips on how to improve your score, which can help with opening a full current account.*