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Bank account in Liechtenstein

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Open offshore bank account in Liechtenstein, the country with strict banking secrecy. This account is a perfect option for individuals residing in countries that have not signed bilateral agreements with Liechtenstein.

Reference: CB00527LI


Open an offshore bank account in Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein, together with Switzerland, is one of the main financial European centers in attracting capital. Its banks are the most solvent in the world but at the same time the most expensive ones, mainly due to the professionalization and experience in its banking system. Banks in Liechtenstein are known for requesting high deposits to approve a bank account and its clientele line is mainly made of large estate owners. 

International companies are leaning on Liechtenstein banks to offer its services in Europe. Many entrepreneurs from all over the world choose Liechtenstein to have their IBAN account and to facilitate the commercial procedures between European Union countries in their business activity. Liechtenstein is also characterized by accepting E-Commerce companies due to the flexibility in its legal and banking system.

Banking secrecy and automatic exchange of financial account information 

By now Liechtenstein has signed 48 bilateral agreements of automatic exchange of financial account information. Liechtenstein together with other countries is committed to eliminate bank secrecy for individuals and companies that hold non-resident bank accounts in the banks of all participating countries. What does this mean? On 29th of October 2014, in Berlin an agreement was signed with the purpose to exchange automatically the information on bank accounts opened by non-residents in other countries. By now the automatic exchange of information agreement has been signed by more than 100 countries (the countries that have signed information exchange agreement), however it doesn´t mean that the bank account information will be exchanged between all of them. That is, if two countries do not show a mutual interest in sharing banking information of their citizens between them and therefore do not sign a bilateral agreement, the OECD cannot force them to proceed with the joint exchange of information. For example, Liechtenstein has signed the automatic exchange of information agreement but will not exchange financial account information with all other participants and will only do so with the countries with which it has signed an additional bilateral agreement. Currently Liechtenstein has signed this agreement with 48 countries. You can see the updated information following this link (bilateral automatic information agreements).

The bilateral agreements signed by Liechtenstein will affect the citizens of 48 jurisdictions, in particular those who hold non-resident bank accounts, eliminating completely the idea of financial secrecy and anonymity. The banking confidentiality of the rest of the countries that have not signed the bilateral agreement with Liechtenstein will not be affected, that is, the foreign banks will never report their financial information to the tax authorities of their resident country. The new regulations for the exchange of information have created many problems for and between some of the countries. The intention of European Commonwealth countries such as Germany, Spain, France, Italy and Liechtenstein was that all countries signed bilateral agreements with each other, but after all things did not go that way. In a real world it is hard to imagine Israel signing a bilateral agreement for the automatic exchange of financial information with Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Indonesia or the Arab Emirates. Due to the "non-fiscal conflicts" that exist between these countries it makes it very difficult or even impossible for them to work together on elimination of banking secrecy.

Bilateral agreements with Liechtenstein

Year 2017Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Holland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom.
Year 2018No bilateral agreement has been signed in 2018.

It is completely legal to open an offshore bank account in Liechtenstein. An individual or a company that wants to develop an international business or simply to move its money offshore in order to achieve more security will not be committing any crime. If a physical person is a citizen of a country that has signed a bilateral agreement with Liechtenstein, it is advisable for him/her to inform his/her tax authorities about the intentions to open a non-resident account in Liechtenstein, and then through double taxation agreements deduct the income taxes in his country of residence. If, on the other hand, the bank account has been opened by a resident company (registered in Liechtenstein) or non-resident company (for example, registered in Belize) the beneficial owner will not be obliged to repatriate the dividends of the company annually and therefore will be able to keep all the generated earnings on his offshore bank account in Liechtenstein without paying income taxes. The owner of the company will have to pay the income taxes only when he transfers the money to his country of residence but in case if he wants to keep it on the account for further business investments or just as a security deposit legally the generated profits will still belong to the company and the beneficial owner doesn’t have to pay tax on this amounts. With time the company might go through the international expansion requiring corresponding expenses. Consequently, the dividends would decrease and logically the income taxes that the beneficial owner will have to pay in his country of residence would decrease correlatively.

Advantages of opening a bank account in Liechtenstein

The main advantages of opening a bank account in Liechtenstein are the following:

  • Opening an offshore bank account Liechtenstein is legal.
  • Bank secrecy and anonymity are guaranteed for the citizens of those countries that did not sign a bilateral agreement with Liechtenstein.
  • The possibility to open business and personal offshore bank account in Liechtenstein remotely.
  • High expertise level, online banking platforms with the possibility to request any type of financial service: foreign currency accounts, credit cards, letters of credit, accounts to invest in the stock market, payment gateways, credits.
  • Professional financial advises for great fortune owners.
  • Banks in Liechtenstein are extremely regulated.
  • Once the requirements are fulfilled it takes 15 days to open the account.

Bank commissions in Liechtenstein

Approximate bank commissions and minimum deposit
Maintenance of bank account
350 Euros/year
Wire Transfer IBAN/SEPA
5 Euros
Wire Transfer SWIFT
40 Euros
Debit or Credit card
70 Euros/card
Customer support in following languages
English, Italian, French, German, Russian
Minimum deposit
5.000 Euros

*The customer can open a bank account in any international legal currency they want, (Euro, Dollar, Canadian Dollar, Australian Dollar, British Pound, Japanese Yen, Swiss Franc etc)

*All the management at the opening of bank account do not need a physical presence in the country, all efforts will be made through e-mail and / or registered mail.

    in Liechtenstein
    with or without physical presence
    with online banking 24/7 included
    in the name of the individual or company
    in English
    to any part of the world
    certified by a notary
    certified by a notary
    electricity, water, gas, telephone or bank statement
    in English
    Articles of incorporation of the company, memorandum of association, register of directors, registered shares certificates and for companies registered more than one calendar 1 year ago "Certificate of good standing"
Hi, may i check if the information on fees are updated and accurate? Is the minimum deposit 5000 euros?

Dear client, 

Yes, the bank we work with requires this minimum deposit. I know that there are other financial entities that require lower or higher amounts for the deposits, you can try to look for additional information on the websites of local banks. 


Atilla Ardagil
Dear Sir, I need to set up an offshore company in Belize, which I will register yachts and the same company need to have a bank account in Liechtstein with Alliance Lite 2 facility. And needs to hold big amounts(MMM)

Dear Atilla, Thank you for contacting our company. 

For the type of business that you have mentioned there will be no problem to register an offshore company in Belize. Regarding the banks that offer bank accounts for offshore companies they will ask you to go through the process of KYC where you will be asked to provide the information about your nationality, short description of the business, potential markets and providers. You can request more information contacting us via e-mail or Skype and we will send you the list of requirements that you have to prepare in order to begin with the process. First the company in Belize should be opened and then we move to opening an account. Regards


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