Questions concerning entry into Switzerland (visa
formalities, customs and currency regulations, etc.)
may be submitted to the appropriate Swiss embassy
or consulate in the country of origin. NB:
The following provisions only apply for EU/EFTA
ENTRY AND STAY SEITE 5
Currency: There are no special restrictions on the
importation into Switzerland of currency that is admitted
as legal tender. You should, however, respect
your national regulations on the exportation
Trading in financial investments (cash, securities
and other forms of investment) between Switzerland
and the European Union is free of restrictions;
such transactions need not be declared to the authorities
and they are free of customs duty.
For further information you are recommended to
contact the Swiss Customs Administration or to
speak directly to your bank.
Removal goods: In general, the importation into
Switzerland of goods destined for your personal
use or for the use of your family is exempt from
Regarded as “removal goods” are personal effects
as well as objects required for the personal exercise
of your profession or for the personal operation
of your enterprise which you have used
abroad for at least six months and which you intend
to continue using in Switzerland.
Certain conditions are linked to the right to exemption
• the person immigrating has to undertake to continue
using his/her goods personally;
• the resettlement articles are to be imported during
the period within which the change of domicile
• for exemption from duty, please apply at the time
of importation using the form entitled “Declaration/
Application for clearance of household effects”
(to save time, you are recommended to
download this form from the Internet and complete
it before going through customs);
• the customs authorities require a detailed list of
the objects to be imported, your Swiss residence
permit, employment contract, tenancy agreement
as well as the above-mentioned (duly completed)
form. You are also recommended to enclose any
invoices for furniture or personal equipment as
proof of the date purchased).
Plants: Plants imported for your personal use are
largely exempt from prior control by the Plant Protection
Service (for exceptions please see the
Internet page of the Federal Customs Administration).
The importation of plants into Switzerland is exempt
from customs duty but is subject to a value
added tax (VAT) amounting to 2.4%.
For any further information please contact the
Federal Office for Agriculture or one of the Customs
Authorities in your area.
Domestic animals: Dogs and domestic cats coming
from the European Economic Area may be brought
into Switzerland without a permit. Nevertheless,
they must undergo a veterinary control at the border
if they are unaccompanied or if more than
three animals are imported at the same time.
Cats and dogs to be imported into Switzerland require
additionally a veterinary certificate confirming
that they have been vaccinated against rabies.
Guinea pigs, hamsters, rats, mice, canaries, aquarium
fish and rabbits may be imported (in consignments
not exceeding three specimens) without a
permit and without a veterinary control at the border.
The importation of domestic animals is exempt
from customs duty; however, a value added tax of
7.6% is to be paid (the presentation of a receipt will
simplify customs clearance!). With regard to the
importation of other animals, you are recommended
to contact the Federal Veterinary Office
or, for the importation of horses, the Federal Office
Cars: When importing an untaxed vehicle into
Switzerland, please report this at the border for
customs clearance without being requested to do
Vehicles imported as removal goods are admitted
free of duty (exemption from customs duty, vehicle
tax and VAT) if the person importing the vehicle
furnishes proof that he/she has used it for at least
six months before moving his/her domicile to Switzerland.
The following documents are to be presented at
the customs office:
• vehicle licence
• passport or identity card
• invoice or purchase contract
• declaration/application for clearance of household
effects (this document is also available at
Swiss representations abroad)
• a document furnishing proof of the change of
domicile (residence permit, employment contract,
tenancy agreement, etc.)
For vehicles with German registration plates, the
document “Kraftfahrzeugbrief” is also to be submitted.
For Italian number-plates, the document
“Foglio complementare” is to be submitted.
After entering Switzerland, you are also requested
to report your vehicle to the Motor Vehicle Control
Office for a technical test.
|We keep these regulations updated but because such regulations are subject to change without
notice, we strongly recommend you to consult your local embassy or consulate before you make your move.
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