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Published On:
November, 22 2022
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March, 20 2023

Bank Al Habib International Transfers & Exchange Rates

This relatively young commercial banking group is based in Pakistan and offers customers a range of financial products and services. Bank Al Habib is a popular option within the Islamic banking industry, competing directly with rival Pakistani group, Meezan Bank. Find out how this bank fares in terms of international money transfer services, in our full review of the company.

About Bank Al Habib

Bank AL Habib is one of Pakistan's most prominent banks, owned by the Dawood Habib family and formed in 1991 by Esmail Habib. The bank has 650 branches (regular, Islamic, and sub-branches) around the country, as well as offshore branches in Bahrain and Turkey.

The Habib family was the first to create a private bank in Pakistan, Bank AL-Habib, after being granted permission under the Privatization Scheme Act of 1991.

Retail banking, commercial banking, retail brokerage, and geographic sectors are all part of the Bank's operations. Its retail banking division provides private individuals and small companies with retail lending, deposits, and banking services. The bank also offers a variety of internet banking services and benefits to its valued customers.

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Bank Al Habib Exchange Rates and Fees, Pakistan's most popular currency rates website, keeps you up to current on Pakistan's interbank rates.

Exchange Rates

In Pakistan, currency exchange rates, particularly the dollar rate, are not exactly the same as on the open market. The currency is usually converted at a higher rate at Bank AL Habib. It regularly updates currency rates on its website in PDF format.

Transfer Fees

If you want to transfer cash from one BAHL account to another, there are no fees. Charges for transferring funds from a BAHL account to another bank account are as follows:

  • Rs 20: Up to Rs 10,000/-

  • Rs 40: Above Rs 10,000/- & up to Rs. 50,000/-

  • Rs 60: Above Rs 50,000/- & up to Rs. 75,000/-

  • Rs 90: Above Rs 75,000/- & up to Rs. 150,000/-

Additional Costs

Most recent additional costs charged by Bank Al Habib is found on its website here. It is only available in PDF format and is not available in English, which is a drawback for non-Arabic speakers.

How Do Bank Al Habib Transfer Fees Compare to Using Other Money Transfer Providers?

International wire transfer is one of the most efficient methods of sending and receiving money from other countries. The SWIFT network is used by Bank AL Habib to exchange messages necessary for international wire transfers. To begin the fast transfer, the receiving bank (in Pakistan) and the sending bank (in another country) or vice versa usually need to have a direct agreement in place - this is known as correspondent banking.

If your money transfer requires currency conversion, there's a possibility you'll get a bad exchange rate from Bank AL Habiband end up paying high hidden costs as a result. Apart from the wire transfer fees, Bank AL Habib makesprofit from currency conversions by providing you with retail conversion rates, which are typically 1-2% lower than market rates.

In most cases, it is preferable to use specialist foreign exchange providers over Bank AL Habib because they are generally cheaper, faster, more transparent, and just as secure as banks.

Bank Al Habib Pros and Cons

Bank Al Habib, like all other online banks, has its own set of benefits and drawbacks.


SMS Banking. Bank AL Habib now provides SMS banking, a smart and simple method to stay in contact with your bank 24 hours a day, seven days a week without having to use your smartphone.
E-Statement Facility. The electronic version of your account physical statement is known as an e-Statement. Whenever you need it, you can view and print your statement from your computer. Within 3 business days after registering, you will begin getting e-Statements.
Better SME products and services. AL Habib Bank SME Banking offers proactive, quick, and high-quality services by streamlining procedures and shortening the time it takes to lend to SMEs, allowing you to keep moving forward with your business. SMEs account for 90% of all businesses in Pakistan, employing 80% of the non-agricultural workforce and contributing for around 40% of the country's yearly GDP. They play a critical role in the creation of jobs and the alleviation of poverty.


Less competitive rates and fees. When it comes to international money transfers, money transfer specialists are far less expensive than Bank AL Habib. This is because money transfer specialists can bypass the SWIFT network entirely, resulting in cheaper rates for you as the sender. In addition, you will be charged transaction costs and exchange rate margin fees in addition to SWIFT fees when transferring money overseas with your Bank AL Habib account (which are charged separately by third-party banks).
Customer care issues. A large number of customers expressed dissatisfaction with the way some bank employees treated them at several of the bank's branches. Some customers also complained about the extreme delays of the bank’s response to queries online.
Schedule of Charges not in English. The Schedule of Charges, which may be accessible on Bank AL Habib's website in PDF format, is not translated into English.

Bank Al Habib Swift Codes

Bank Al Habib LimitedBahrainManama
Bank Al Habib LimitedPakistanFaisalabad
Bank Al Habib LimitedPakistanIslamabad
Bank Al Habib LimitedPakistanKarachi
Bank Al Habib LimitedPakistanLahore
Bank Al Habib LimitedPakistanMultan

How to Open an Account and Transfer Money With Bank Al Habib

Bank AL-Habib offers three different types of accounts: current account, savings account, and young savers account.

Opening an Account

Some documents, as well as the different types of people who can apply for a current account and their corresponding age limits, are necessary to apply for a current account at Bank Al-Habib.

Types of people:

  • Individual who is employed (Age limit: 21 to 60 years old)

  • Business owner (Age limit: 21 to 65 years old)

  • Working Individual: Necessary documents are requiredto apply for a current account as a working individual, such as CNIC, proof of employment (provided by your employer), and utility bills

  • Entrepreneur:Entrepreneurs do not need to submit a copy of their utility bills; instead, they must provide aCNIC and proof of business.

When you have these documents, go to the bank, where the banker may offer you some more necessary forms to fill out, including a minimum account opening fee of 1,000 PKR.

The process of opening a savings account is quite similar to the process of opening a current account.

If you're under the age of 18, you may also open a young savers account. To open a young savers account, fill out the application form supplied by the bank or fill it out at home using the link provided on the bank's website. With your parents, go to your nearest Bank Al-Habib branch and open a young savers account with as little as 5 PKR.

Transferring Money

BAHL Electronic FundsTransfer (EFT)is a service that allows you to transfer cash between your personal account, a beneficiary account, any BAHL account, and another bank account via ATM/Debit Card and iBanking. Customers can transfer funds using the following methods:

  • BAHL ATM through ATM / Debit Card

  • AL Habib Netbanking

  • AL Habib Agile

Customer Service Details for Users of Bank Al Habib

For Pakistani Customers: dial the number from your landline phone, then dial 111-014-014 to reach Bank Al Habib Phone Banking in Pakistan. If you're calling from a mobile phone, dial 021-111-014-014 or 111-014-014 (City Code).

For international customers:dial +92(city code) 111-014-014 OR +92-21-111-014-014 to reach Bank Al Habib's hotline.

Can I Use Bank Al Habib for International Bank Transfers?

Yes, to send international wire transfer from your Bank Al Habib Limited account, you need to know the following information about the person or company receiving the money:

  • The account name and address of the receiver

  • The recipient's IBAN (International Bank Account Number) or account number

  • The recipient's bank's name and address, as well as the BIC (Business Identifier Code) / SWIFT code / clearing code


Bank AL Habib provides commercial banking services to corporate clients, multinational corporations, government and semi-government agencies and institutions. Equity, money market, and foreign currency brokerage, equity research, and corporate financial advising and consultancy services are among its retail brokerage activities. It works in four geographic regions: Pakistan, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa.

To open an account, go to a Bank AL Habib branch near you or download an account opening form online and submit it together with all supporting papers to any Bank AL Habib branch. Fees and charges will be determined in accordance with the bank's current fee schedule. All taxes will be levied in accordance with government regulations and theState Bank of Pakistan guidelines.

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April Summers
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