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Greek bank accounts: advice about State Pension and welfare payments

The banks have now reopened in Greece but some restrictions are still in place.

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Normal arrangements now apply to UK government payments into Greek bank accounts. If you live abroad, you can get information about benefits and pensions from the International Pension Centre

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International payments into Greece are exempt from these restrictions. UK government payments, including State Pension and public service pension payments, will continue to be made into Greek accounts in the usual way.

If you live in Greece and have spoken to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) recently about changing your banking arrangements, you have until 28 August to complete this process. You can contact us at any time about any other changes.

Customers can contact the DWP call centre on +44 191 218 7777

Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm BST

Public service pensions

If you are member of a public service pension scheme (for example NHS, teachers, or police) and draw pensions from a Greek bank account, your pension scheme provider will attempt to contact you to talk you through the options. Alternatively you can contact your pension scheme provider for more information.

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Published 30 June 2015
Last updated 6 August 2015 + show all updates
  1. Updated to say – If you live in Greece and have spoken to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) recently about changing your banking arrangements, you have until 28 August to complete this process. You can contact us at any time about any other changes.
  2. Added note about switching to HSBC.
  3. Amended to say that Greek banks have reopened on 20 July.
  4. Amended to say that Greek banks will be closed until at least midnight on 19 July.
  5. Amended to say that banks in Greece will be closed until at least midnight on 16 July.
  6. Amended to say that banks in Greece will be closed until at least midnight on 15 July.
  7. Updated to reflect the extension of bank closures and added a link to the FCO homepage for Greece.
  8. First published.