Could you please kindly advise how I can open a Nigerian bank account while living in South Africa?
The banking service that will cater for your specific need is the Non-resident Nigerian (NRN) bank account. NRN bank accounts are specifically designed to address the banking needs of Nigerians living abroad.
I have a non-resident Nigerian (NRN) bank account domiciled with Gtbank plc. Over the years, I have recieved seamless support from the bank, specifically with account information updates and replacement of banking products like the Naira Master Card and the token device sent directly to my door step usually within 3 days.
You will need to follow the below instructions to open a Gtbank NRN account. Note that the requested documents must be certified at any South African Police Service (SAPS) station, scanned, and sent via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The following documents are required to open a Gtbank NRN account:
1. A duly completed account opening form. (click to download a copy here)
2. One passport photograph showing your full face forward.
3. A copy of any of the following means of identification:
*Valid Nigerian International passport/ or any other foreign international passport
*Valid National Driver’s license
*Valid National Identity Card
4. A copy of any of the following:
*Duly filled Banker’s confirmation form
*Your utility bill issued within the last three months for the address stated on the form (to be notarized by a notary public, certified by the SAPS or confirmed by the Nigerian embassy if foreign).
*A stamped Bank statement or Credit Card statement issued within the last three months showing your address.
5. References (either i or ii below):
i. One reference letter obtained from a current account holder (Nigerian) with any Nigerian Bank and a banker’s confirmation.
ii. Two reference letters from current account holder (Nigerian) with any Nigerian Bank.
All identification documents, Bank or Credit Card statement issued within the last three-months, and utility bills (if foreign) must be notarized by a notary public, sighted at the Nigerian Embassy or by an officer at GTBank or certified by the SAPS or the South African Post Office.
For more detailed instructions and information, please follow the website link below or send the NRN customer service center an email to: email@example.com. They usually respond in less than 48 hours.