What is an International Bank Account Number (IBAN)?

An IBAN is a method for checking a banking account identification, detailing the country where it is from and the unique account number of the recipient of the money transfer. Learn everything about the concept and how it differentiates from SWIFT and BIC.

If you're familiar with online banking and you find yourself making regular international transfers, you may already be familiar with the terms IBAN, SWIFT and BIC. But, if you're not, these terms might seem confusing. Sometimes, even when you start to understand what they mean, you can often get them mixed up, given how similar they are.

In this article, we'll look at what all these concepts mean and how Nebeus is breaking new ground with IBANs for people to access their money in new ways.

What is an International Bank Account Number (IBAN)?

An IBAN is a method for checking a banking account identification, detailing the country where it is from and the unique account number of the recipient of the money transfer. It provides a safety system that verifies account information before transferring money across foreign banks. Each set of characters in an IBAN, which can contain up to 34 letters and digits, contains data about your account that is used to confirm it throughout the transaction.

To exemplify, much like your IP address helps locate your computer anywhere in the world, an IBAN can help identify your bank account details wherever you are located.

The difference between IBAN, SWIFT, and BIC codes

IBAN stands for International Bank Account Number and helps banks locate your account internationally. IBAN codes are not as widespread as SWIFT codes, which are the norm outside of Europe.

SWIFT stands for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications and provides all banks with a unique international code to be used in international transfers. A SWIFT code does not specify a particular account number, unlike IBAN codes, and can be made up of 8 to 11 alphanumeric characters.

BIC stands for Bank Identifier Code and helps banks identify each other internationally. A BIC, as opposed to an IBAN, identifies your bank rather than you personally.

As you can see, all three are relatively similar, especially BIC and SWIFT codes, which makes it unnecessary sometimes to use all three when transferring money internationally.

For this reason, most people (including us here at Nebeus) typically stick to using IBANs as they are a more accurate way of identifying specific bank accounts internationally.

What does an IBAN number look like?

The first part of any IBAN is a two-letter country code, followed by a two-digit check code, then a four-letter or number bank identifier code. And then, like with any other banking system, there is a six-digit sort code followed by an eight-digit account number.

For example:

GB (country code) 10 (check digits) WXYZ (bank code) 123456 (sort code) 12345678 (account number)

Different countries have slight variations in IBANs, but most follow the general format mentioned above.

If your IBAN looks overbearing and complex, just remember that the numbers are not arbitrary and follow a set pattern relating to your nation, bank and existing personal banking details.

How can I get an IBAN?

Finding your IBAN is usually relatively easy; if you don't know yours already, most banks have an IBAN generator tool on their website.

The most common way to find your IBAN is on the top right-hand side of your bank statement. In Nebeus, when you access your Money Account, it will be placed straight away on the main page, so it's simple to find it every time you need to use it.

Also, given the fact that most IBANs follow the same structure, you could work it out if you had all your banking details at hand. However, if you're unsure, don't take any chances; otherwise, you could send money to the wrong account and lose it.

When sending money, several IBAN verification tools are available online, allowing you to double-check any IBANs you receive to ensure they're valid.

Changes at Nebeus

Here at Nebeus, we've made recent changes that will make our transactions even more straightforward and accessible.

We've rolled out Euro IBANs and UK sort code & accounts for crypto hodlers, which we named Money Accounts.

But what does this mean for our customers?

This change means that our European customers can use their Nebeus account like a traditional bank account by depositing and transferring their funds as well as exchanging crypto assets into FIAT currencies and use them in their daily life with a minimum of fuss.

Nebeus now has two accounts available for customers:

Crypto account & Money account

Our Money account takes away the delays and stress of making traditional bank transfers by allowing customers to shorten the time they receive payments.

A Nebeus crypto account allows you to access your assets and all our crypto services such as staking, crypto-renting and taking out a crypto-backed loan. In addition, the account comes with our quick transfer feature, enabling you to exchange your crypto into FIAT currencies which you can send to your Money account for everyday use in a matter of instants.

Our aim has been to allow our customers to get instant access, whenever they need it, to their assets without having to wait on their bank to make and approve the transaction on their behalf and waiting for the long processing. Some users even face the hustle of having their money blocked because their bank doesn’t accept crypto-related operations.

Nebeus Money accounts help our customers transfer money into their Crypto accounts or even into third-party accounts without any of the mentioned problems. Users can use their Money account just like they would do a traditional bank, they can receive funds from third parties, even pay bills online instantaneously, receive their salary, and more.

We're offering three different Money accounts to cater to every level of crypto investor.

Nebeus Standard Money account

This account is free and gives customers a personal IBAN that they can use for everyday transactions, crypto trading, and HODling. Users can transfer up to 1000 EUR per day and 5000 EUR per month.

Nebeus Holder Money account

Caters to our crypto HODler clients looking for an account with higher limits, . Customers can access this package for just 4.50 euros a month. Users can transfer up to 2000 per day and 7500 EUR per month.

Nebeus Whale Money account

The Whale account is for people looking for unlimited transfers, trading and pretty much everything else you can think of. This option is for customers who, beyond what some people might refer to as crypto enthusiasts, are serious crypto traders looking to take things up a notch. The whale package is only 9.50 euros a month and ensures that traders can buy, sell, trade and transfer up to 750,000 EUR per day whenever and however often they want with unlimited transfers per month.​​

What's next for Nebeus customers?

To make transactions from our Money accounts even easier, we're launching our Nebeus virtual and physical cards in the very near future so that our customers can make purchases from their Nebeus Money accounts in their daily and ordinary operations.

This feature will be available very soon and aims to add a new level of customer care and financial accessibility.

You can sign up for a Nebeus Money account and simplify your everyday money operations.

La inversión en criptoactivos no está regulada, puede no ser adecuada para inversores minoristas y se puede perder la totalidad del monto invertido.

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