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Importation into Switzerland

When you enter Switzerland, personal effects, travelling provisions and fuel in the tank of your vehicle are tax and duty-free. For other goods being carried, VAT and duty will be levied depending on their total value (over CHF 300) and according to the quantity. However, duty will only be levied on foodstuffs, tobacco, alcohol and fuel. Please note that not all goods are allowed to be imported. Further information can be found under bans and restrictions.

Goods exempt from tax and duty

When you return from abroad or enter Switzerland, you may import the following goods tax and duty-free:

Personal effects
These include personal effects which:

  • people living in Switzerland take along when going abroad;
  • persons living abroad use during their stay in Switzerland and re-export when they leave.

Included, for instance, are items of clothing, underwear, toiletries, sports gear, photo and film cameras, camcorders, mobile phones, portable computers and musical instruments.

Travelling provisions
Foodstuff ready to eat and non-alcoholic beverages for the day of travelling.

Fuel
Fuel that is in the tank of private vehicles is tax and duty-free. Additional fuel (e.g. in a spare fuel can) up to a maximum of 25 litres is also tax and duty-free. The allowances are granted only once per vehicle per day. More information

Other goods

Other goods for your personal use or intended as gifts can be imported exempt from customs duty and VAT so long as you can answer no to the questions in the two sections in the following chart.

From 1 July 2014, there are new provisions for goods which you import into Switzerland. You can check in two steps whether or not you will have to pay duty and how much duty you will have to pay:<br /> <br /> 1. Does the total value of all goods exceed CHF 300?<br /> No: exempt from VAT.<br /> Yes: VAT due on the total value.<br /> <br /> 2. Have the duty-free allowances been exceeded?<br /> No: duty-free.<br /> Yes: the excess quantities are dutiable:<br /> More than 1 kg of meat and meat products: CHF 17 per kg<br /> More than 1 kg/litre of butter or cream: CHF 16 per kg/litre<br /> More than 5 kg/litres of oil, fats or margarine: CHF 2 per kg/litre<br /> More than 5 litres of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content by volume of up to 18%: CHF 2 per litre<br /> More than 1 litre of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content by volume of more than 18%: CHF 15 per litre<br /> More than 250 units of cigarettes/cigars: CHF 0.25 per unit<br /> More than 250 grammes of other tobacco products: CHF 0.10 per gramme

Note: The importation of animal products coming from countries other than EU states and Norway is prohibited.

Further information on the VAT-free limit of CHF 300 and the duty-free allowances.

Refund of foreign VAT

We are unable to refund foreign VAT. Information on this and on other countries' duty-free allowances can be obtained from the WCO ((Link WZO)) or from the corresponding foreign representation in Switzerland. More

Restrictions

Please note that certain goods (e.g. counterfeits, weapons and certain plants, animals, animal products and goods subject to species protection) may also be subject to import bans or to specific restrictions. Further information

Other information which must be heeded when entering Switzerland can be found at the following links:


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