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What is the swift code for Equity Bank Kenya?

The Equity Bank Kenya Swift Code/Swift BIC is EQBLKENA as of 2019.

The SWIFT code / BIC code is made up of 8 or 11 characters, broken down as follows:

  • 4 letters: Institution code or bank code.
  • 2 letters: ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code
  • 2 letters or digits: location code
    • if the second character is “0”, then it is typically a test BIC as opposed to a BIC used on the live network.
    • if the second character is “1”, then it denotes a passive participant in the SWIFT network
    • if the second character is “2”, then it typically indicates a reverse billing BIC, where the recipient pays for the message as opposed to the more usual mode whereby the sender pays for the message.
  • 3 letters or digits: branch code, optional (‘XXX’ for primary office)

Where an 8-digit code is given, it may be assumed that it refers to the primary office.

SWIFT Standards, a division of The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT), handles the registration of these codes. Because SWIFT originally introduced what was later standardized as Business Identifier Codes (BICs), they are still often called SWIFT addresses or codes.

To transfer money from an overseas bank account to the Equity Bank account, you need:

  • The Equity Bank swift code Kenya EQBLKENA
  • Equity Bank branch codes
  • Recipient’s bank name which in this case is Equity Bank Kenya
  • Address of the bank branch in Kenya, i.e. Equity Bank Ruiru, Ruiru, Kiambu
  • Name of the recipient
  • Account name of the recipient
  • Account number of the recipient
  • Recipient bank branch
  • The amount of currency you are sending
  • An application for transfer of funds form
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