Kilkis wrote:If it is at all possible I would recommend maintaining at least one UK bank account registered to a UK address, e.g. family or friend.
How do you get round the UK address problem without utility bills in your name etc? Bob.
We opened a new account with one of the main high street banks a couple of years ago. We went to one bank and were helped by a young adviser. When we said we lived in Greece he said, "I don't think we can open accounts if you're living abroad but I'll check" and departed to ask his manager. On return he was apologetic but, no, we couldn't open a account but, "I'll deny ever saying this, if you can use a relative's or friend's address, go to another bank with your Passports: show those and you won't be asked for proof of address."
Hmmm, that sounded very unlikely but with nothing to lose we went to another main bank next day. ID questions - we produced our Passports (which were copied)..... "and your address?" I reeled off my sister's. Proof of address wasn't even mentioned let alone asked for. The account was opened with £50 cash and a week or so later, back home, we received debit cards forwarded by my sister.