Complete List of PayPal Bank Codes (BRSTN) & SWIFT Codes (BIC) of Philippine Banks

Last Updated on – Mar 18, 2020 @ 6:31 am

If you’ve ever tried working freelance for international clients, you probably tried setting up a PayPal account. It’s widely used abroad thanks to ease-of-setup and overall convenience for sending and receiving payments.

If you want to cash in on your PayPal funds by sending it to your local bank account, you’ll be asked to enter your bank code. What is it exactly?

Here’s a quick primer along with our complete list of PayPal Bank Codes and SWIFT Codes for the top Philippine Banks.

What is a Bank Code?

It’s a combination of numbers designated to each bank for identification purposes. Like ZIP codes. But instead of a specific place, it’s used for identifying a specific bank.

Where is it used?

In the Philippines, banks refer to this code as “BRSTN”, which stands for Bank Routing Symbol Transit Numbers. With this code, PayPal and other payment systems can route funds to any registered bank in the Philippines. BRSTN codes are made up of 9 digits.

Complete List of Bank Codes (BRSTN) in the Philippines

*Note: We’ve highlighted the top banks in the Philippines on this list, as they get the most demand/searches for this type of information.

BANK NAMEBANK CODE
ALLIED BANKING CORP010320013
AUSTRALIA NEW ZEALAND (ANZ) BANK010700015
ASIA UNITED BANK011020011
BANCO DE ORO (BDO)010530667
BANGKO SENTRAL NG PILIPINAS010030015
BANGKOK BANK010670019
BANK OF AMERICA010120019
BANK OF CHINA011140014
BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS (BPI)010040018
BANK OF TOKYO010460012
BANK OF COMMERCE010440016
CHINA BANKING CORP (CHINABANK)010100013
CHINA TRUST COMMERCIAL BANK010690015
CITIBANK PHILIPPINES N.A.010070017
DEVELOPMENT BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES (DBP)010590018
DEUTSCHE BANK010650013
EAST WEST BANK010620014
EXPORT & INDUSTRY BANK010860010
FUJI BANK010640010
HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANK (HSBC)010060014
INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK OF CHINA010560019
INTL EXCHANGE BANK010680012
JP MORGAN CHASE BANK010720011
KOREA EXCHANGE BANK010710018
INTERNATIONAL NEDERLAND BANK010660016
LAND BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES (LANDBANK)010350025
MAYBANK010220016
METROPOLITAN BANK & TRUST CO. (METROBANK)010269996
PHILIPPINE BANK OF COMMUNICATION (PBCOM)010110016
PHIL TRUST COMPANY (PHILTRUST)010090039
PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK (PNB)010080010
PHILIPPINE SAVINGS BANK (PSBANK)010269996
PRUDENTIAL BANK010150018
PHILIPPINE VETERANS BANK (VETERANS BANK)010330016
RIZAL COMMERCIAL BANKING CORP (RCBC)010280014
STANDARD CHARTERED BANK010050011
SECURITY BANK010140015
UNION BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES (UBP)010419995
UNITED COCONUT PLANTERS BANK (UCPB)010299995
UNITED OVERSEAS BANK010270189

Banks WITHOUT Paypal Bank Codes

  • One Network Bank (ONB – BDO)
  • City Savings Bank (CSB – UnionBank)
  • Robinsons Bank

What is a SWIFT Code?

SWIFT stands for Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication. At its core, it shares a similar function with BRSTN but is made up of either 8 or 11 characters that includes numbers and letters.

It’s also commonly known as Bank Identifier Code (BIC), which is a key information often needed when sending money to overseas banks.

Where is it used?

It’s used for transferring money, especially payments from banks in other countries. Banks need to know the SWIFT code of the receiving bank in order to wire funds.

These same codes are also utilized as a means of communication.

SWIFT CODES uses the following system in designating a bank’s code:

  • Institution Code or bank code = Four letters
  • Country Code = Two letters
  • Location Code = Two letters or two digits
  • Local Branch Code = Last three characters

For example, the BPI branch located in AYALA AVENUE, CORNER PASEO DE, ROXAS, MAKATI METRO MANILA, has a SWIFT code of BOPIPHMM, which when broken down looks like this:

Bank Code: BOPI (Bank of the Philippine Islands)

Country Code: PH (Philippines)

Location Code: MM (Metro Manila)

Some banks have additional characters at the end to specify their branch. For example, the Treasury Group branch of BPI has the following SWIFT code:

BOPIPHMMTRY (“TRY” to indicate “Treasury”)

List of SWIFT Codes (or BIC) of Philippine Banks

BANK NAMESWIFT CODE
ASIA UNITED BANK CORPORATIONAUBKPHMM
AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND (ANZ) BANKING GROUP LIMITEDANZBPHMX
BANK OF COMMERCEPABIPHMM
BANK OF THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS (BPI)BOPIPHMM
BANCO DE ORO (BDO) UNIBANKBNORPHMM
CHINA BANKING CORPORATION (CHINABANK)CHBKPHMM
CHINATRUST (PHILS.) COMMERCIAL BANK MANILACTCBPHMM
CITIBANK N.A. (CEBU BRANCH)CITIPHMXCBU
CITIBANK N.A. (MANILA HEAD OFFICE)CITIPHMXV
CITIBANK SAVINGS INC.CITIPH2X
DEVELOPMENT BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES (DBP)DBPHPHMM
EAST WEST BANKING CORPORATIONEWBCPHMM
HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORP. (HSBC) CEBU BRANCHHSBCPHMMCEB
HONGKONG AND SHANGHAI BANKING CORP. (HSBC) MANILA HEAD OFFICEHSBCPHMM
HSBC SAVINGS BANK (PHILIPPINES) INC.HBPHPHMM
LAND BANK OF THE PHILIPPINESTLBPPHMM
MAYBANK PHILIPPINES INCMBBEPHMM
METROPOLITAN BANK AND TRUST CO. (METROBANK)MBTCPHMM
PHILIPPINE BANK OF COMMUNICATIONS (PBCOM)CPHIPHMM
PHILIPPINE BUSINESS BANK (PBB)PPBUPHMM
PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK (PNB)PNBMPHMM
PHILIPPINE SAVINGS BANK (PS BANK)PHSBPHMM
PHILIPPINE VETERANS BANKPHVBPHMM
PHILTRUST BANK (PHILIPPINE TRUST COMPANY)PHTBPHMM
RIZAL COMMERCIAL BANKING CORPORATION (RCBC)RCBCPHMM
ROBINSONS BANK CORPORATIONROBPPHMQ
SECURITY BANK CORPORATIONSETCPHMM
STANDARD CHARTERED BANKSCBLPHMM
UNION BANK OF THE PHILIPPINESUBPHPHMM
UNITED COCONUT PLANTERS BANK (UCPB)UCPBPHMM

How to Find Your Bank’s Swift Code (or BIC) Online

Here are the steps to easily determine your bank’s swift code (BIC) if you need to transfer money internationally. 

Step 1: Visit the Swift website. Swift is a global provider of secure financial messaging services and this online BIC Search service is free for use on their website.

Step 2: Enter the bank name. In this example, I entered Metrobank. Hit Search.

Step 3: The search results section (highlighted in blue below) at the bottom of the page will show you the BIC code for Metrobank.

Step 4: Click on the BIC code. The new page will provide additional details.

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About Amiel Pineda

Amiel is the lead business & finance columnist of Grit PH. He escaped from the shackles of BPO life and now pursues his dream of writing full time. He shares his best tips and insights for aspiring homebased workers and freelancers on his site: Homebased Pinoy

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  1. Paulita Condes says

    Good day!
    We are applying for my mother to be transferred from Italy to Philippines. We are communicating with the INPS office which are dealing with retired OFW and they are requiring for a Swift/BIC code. We applied in Philippine National Bank San Pablo City as personal account of my mother. And they are asking for 11 digit SWIFT/BIC Code. May we know the branch code of PNB Colago Branch San Pablo City, Laguna. We already know the Swift/BIC code but we don’t know the branch code to complete the 11-digit Swift/BIC Code so we could upload to INPS .

    Will be waiting for your response.

    Thank You.

    Paulita Condes

    • Rick Hirlehey says

      I am looking for the Swift Code as someone needs it to transfer money to my account at Union Bank, Cagayan de Oro, Philippines 🇵🇭
      If I need BIC please give as well
      Thanks
      Rick

    • Judith says

      It’s easier for your mom to have an account with the bank or she can at least use someone that you can trust to open an account in her behalf (if she don’t have any Philippines docs for requirement).
      Or send money to her through online remittance like remitly or asenso remit then it will ask you which location where you want money to be picked example Cebuana pawnshop or MLHUILLIER etc.

  2. Faye M. Zipagan says

    July 5, 2018 at 3:52 am

    Good day!
    We are applying for my mother to be transferred from Italy to Philippines. We are communicating with the INPS office which are dealing with retired OFW and they are requiring for a Swift/BIC code. We applied in Land Bank Cabagan Isabela Branch personal account of my mother. And they are asking for 11 digit SWIFT/BIC Code. May we know the branch code of Land Bank. We already know the Swift/BIC code but we don’t know the branch code to complete the 11-digit Swift/BIC Code so we could upload to INPS .

    Will be waiting for ur Responce

  3. Richard says

    Are these BRSTN codes only used to send money to the Philippine banks using PAYPAL or can they be used by any financial organization in the USA? Trying to send money from the States and they want a routing number. Cannot use SWIFT codes…

    • Aries says

      Hi, i dont know what i am doing,,i have a bank code & Swift code,,,plzzzz help me
      I am a reciever or i am a
      sender,..
      Rply.

  4. Ferdinand Araga says

    Hi just want to verify if this Branch Codes are generally use for any international transaction or just exclusively for Paypal? Thanks in advance

  5. Danica Rome says

    Can anyone tell me what is the bank code of COUNTRY BUILDERS BANK,INC. (PHILIPPINE BANK). I created my Paypal account. Thanks

  6. Kathreen Co says

    do bank codes vary depending on the currency account? for BPI, bank code indicated above is 010040018..does this apply to both PHP and USD accounts? Thanks

    • juvy caballero says

      hi, this is juvy, i just want to ask the BIC for BDO bank is it BNORPHMM? regardless the account was open in cebu city?
      thank you!

  7. pinky says

    hello po ano Ang ifsc code ng landmark, bdo, Union Bank, at iba pang bank sa buug branch Zamboanga Sibugay?
    please po

    • rico m.demeterio says

      Greetings,I just open an account on paypal and i have trouble
      which code to fill up in the LINK A BANK..I tried the swift code (those with letters) and
      the Bank Code (BRSTN)which has a 9 digits,but as i see in the “Bank and Cards”
      It says Checking..what does this mean? I tried to do them both..but still
      Checking was the response please help me.

  8. BryanD says

    Good day! clarify ko lang po.
    yung swift code po ba ay ginagamit lang para sa reciever at hindi sa Sender. tama po ba?
    baka kasi naHack yung account ko. may kumuha kasi ng acct.no at swift code ko

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