Setting up an account if you're a foreign national

A. Clients who qualify for the ZAR account

  • CMA (Nambia, Swaziland, Lesotho) 
  • Certified foreign ID or valid foreign passport 
  • South African or foreign proof of address 
  • South African proof of bank or foreign bank account eg Namibian Bank Account
  • Foreign nationals living and working in SA 
  • Certified valid foreign passport 
  • South African proof of address 
  • South African proof of bank
  • Foreign nationals living in SA as a student 
  • Certified valid foreign passport 
  • South African proof of address 
  • South African proof of bank


B. Clients who only qualify for a USD / AUD account

  • Foreign Nationals living abroad 
  • Certified foreign ID or valid foreign passport 
  • Foreign proof of address 
  • Foreign proof of bank


Please Note

If you don't have an SA bank account you will still be able to register for an EasyEquities account. However, you will only have access to international accounts and will not be issued with a South African ZAR account.

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Acceptable verification documents

Proof of Identification

  • Submit certified copies of 2 different forms of Identity (E.g. passport AND driver's license)
Proof of Physical Residential Address
  • Submit a certified copy of a Proof of address document - this must reflect name/initials and surname, physical address, or property descriptions (i.e. erf/stand numbers) and must be less than 3  months old

    Here is a list of valid FICA documents that can be used to verify your physical residential address:
  • A utility bill, such as water, electricity, or rates (less than 3 months old). We may accept a utility bill that is addressed to a post box number if it shows your name, erf/stand number, township, and suburb.
  • A bank statement or financial statement from a financial institution (less than 3 months old)
  • A copy of a signed lease agreement (by both parties), (less than 1-year-old)
  • A municipal rates and taxes invoice (less than 3 months old)
  • A mortgage statement from another financial institution, (less than 6 months old)
  • A telephone account, i.e. a landline or cellphone account (less than 3 months old)
  • An official tax return/tax assessment (less than 1-year-old)
  • Official correspondence from the South African Revenue Services ("SARS") (less than 3 months old)
  • A recent life insurance policy issued by an insurance company
  • Correspondence from a body corporate or share–block association (less than 3 months old)
  • A valid television license document
  • A recent short–term insurance policy document or a short–term insurance renewal letter (less than 1-year-old)
  • A retail account statement/invoice (less than 3 months old)
  • Where the person live in any type of residence (eg. hostel/barracks) a letter from the administration department of such residence on an official  letterhead
Problems with Proof of Physical AddressI'm living with another person who is the homeowner such as a spouse, parent, sibling, life-partner

You will need to provide "Proof of Residential" address by emailing us certified copies of the following documents:

  1. A document from the list of valid FICA documents above, less than 3 months old, reflecting:
    • The name/initials and surname of the person you live with (i.e. spouse, parent, sibling, life-partner, etc.)
    • The physical address or property descriptions (i.e. erf/stand numbers)
  2. A copy of the identity document of the person you live with (i.e. spouse, parent, sibling, life-partner, etc.)
  3. The Confirmation of address form completed and signed by the person you live with (i.e. spouse, parent, sibling, life-partner, etc.)
Student Accommodation
If you are a student residing at a student residence, hostel, or boarding  house and are unable to provide proof from the homeowner, please send the following:

  • A written  statement from the educational institution or the residence, hostel, or  boarding house (on a formal letterhead) confirming your residence at the physical address of such residence, OR
  • The attached "Confirmation of address" form, completed and signed by a representative of the educational institution, together with proof of their identity

Proof of Bank AccountYou can send through one of two types of document as follows:

  1. A copy of a bank statement no older than 3 months old, that is officially stamped by the bank OR alternatively
  2. An official letter from the bank, on bank letterhead, listing details of your account, signed by the bank
Proof of Residency
  • A work permit
Proof of registration with SARS
  • IRP5 or other document proving you are a registered taxpayer in South Africa

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