What images does the thought of Switzerland evoke in your mind? Is it the dramatic landscapes and quaint country settings? Or is it the unique French, German and Italian cultural influences? Maybe it's the historic castles and heritage? Whatever it is, Switzerland has something special for you whether your idea of the perfect vacation is hiking in a world of breathtaking vistas or pampering yourself in the lap of luxury.
Customs Entry Regulations
Duty-and tax free imports per person
Used personal effects:
Used personal effects, such as clothing, underwear, toilet articles, sports gear, photo and film cameras, camcorders, portable computers, musical instruments, and other articles for general use.
Foodstuff and non-alcoholic beverages for the day of travelling.
Importation and exportation of cash are not subjected to restrictions.
Tobaccos and spirits:
These limits apply only to persons older than 17 years
- 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of pipe-tobacco
- 2 liters of alcohol (up to 15% vol.) and 1 liter of alcohol (over 15% vol.)
For other private goods there is a total value limit of CHF 300.- per person
Passport, Visa Regulations
Travellers wishing to enter Switzerland need a valid passport. Visas are required for stays of 3 months or more. In general, holders of a valid permanent residence certificate of an EU or EFTA country, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada or the USA and some other countries do not need a visa. Please check with the nearest Swiss Embassy o Consulate. (www.auslaender.ch)
Value Added Taxes
The VAT you pay on purchased goods in Switzerland is 7.6 %. You may ask at the shops for your Global Refund Cheque and reclaim the VAT: The total purchases in a shop must amount to CHF 400.00 (including VAT). The tourist must be resident outside Switzerland and the goods must be exported within 30 days.
3 easy steps to claiming your refund in Switzerland:
In the store
Your total purchases in a shop must amount to CHF 400.00 (Including VAT). You must be a resident outside Switzerland and the goods must be exported within 30 days.
When leaving Switzerland the Tax-free Shopping Cheques have to be stamped by Swiss customs authorities after they have seen the goods.
Collecting the refund
You have several choices: immediate cash at a Cash Refund Office, direct crediting to a chosen credit card or bank account, a bank check and even, for certain countries, a cash refund when you return home.