A tourist with limited English will go home with a story to tell after he caused a security scare by leaving his suitcase in a Brisbane bank.

A tourist with limited English has sparked a security scare in Brisbane after he left his suitcase in a bank.

Part of Brisbane’s CBD was closed down after the suitcase was found inside a bank opposite Brisbane’s Supreme Court complex on Wednesday morning.

Bank workers and people in surrounding areas were evacuated and a man was taken into custody for a short time.

But the tourist was soon released without charge after what police called a misunderstanding. The area has since been reopened.