Opening an Irish bank account before you move home can sometimes be the best option for many ex-pats.
To set up an AIB account, you will need to provide certain documentation, including proof of your address. If you have an address already set up in Ireland that you can provide proof of (for example a utility bill), you do have the option of waiting to set up an account with AIB once you return.
However, for many ex-pats, providing this proof of address can be difficult. Some even have to wait a number of months once they have returned to source such documentation, leaving them without an operational bank account in Ireland.
For reasons such as these, setting up your account while you are still abroad may be the option for you.
Before you move home, you can use your address abroad to set up your account as most ex-pats have a number of documentation options for providing proof of this address. Once you are set up in Ireland, you can simply contact us to change the address on your account.
For more information on personal identification requirements, including acceptable evidence of proof of address, visit our dedicated Personal Identification Requirements for Non-Residents page.