Weapons

Obligation to notify at the border

All weapons, parts of weapons, ammunition and parts of ammunition must be declared to the customs office on importation, exportation and transit.

Prohibited weapons

It is in particular prohibited to carry or import the following weapons:
  • Automatic firearms and automatic firearms converted to semiautomatic small arms
  • Daggers and knives with one-hand opening systems (swivel, folding, flick, spring etc.)
  • Beating weapons, throwing weapons and slings
  • Electric shock devices
  • Weapons disguised as everyday objects (e.g. walking stick or camera)
  • Silencers and laser and night-vision devices

Permits

Weapons1) which are not classified as prohibited require a permit.

A permit is required for:
  • Carrying a weapon in public (permit for carrying weapons)
  • Importing, exporting or transiting weapons, parts of weapons, ammunition and parts of ammunition.  


1) Weapons include self-defence sprays containing the irritants CA, CS, CN or CR.

Reliefs from duties and/or taxes

A) Weapons and ammunition for hunting and shooting

Two personal hunting weapons1) or target shooting weapons2) or one hunting weapon and one target shooting weapon with the corresponding ammunition which are temporarily imported or exported for hunting or target shooting (along with supporting evidence) are admitted free of tax3).

“Supporting evidence” includes, for example, the following proof: shooting programmes, invitations to events, hunting permits and hunting ground leases.

1 “Hunting weapons” denote weapons which are clearly recognizable as such to experts, in particular single- or multi-barrel firearms with smooth-bore barrels (shotguns) or with rifled barrels (hunting carbines and harquebuses), single or multiple shot, as well as combination guns (over/under shotgun-rifles).

2 “Target shooting weapons” denote small arms of all calibers (e.g. target shooting pistols) which are clearly recognizable as such to experts.

3 Ammunition acquired abroad by residents of Switzerland requires a permit in all cases and is exempt from tax only up to the allowance of SFr.300.

B) War weapons and ammunition for shooting competitions or training:

Personal war weapons with the corresponding ammunition which are temporarily imported or exported for shooting competitions or training (along with supporting evidence) do not require a permit.

The weapons must subsequently be re-imported or re-exported.

Taxes

Weapons, cartridges and ammunition are duty free.

Value added tax

VAT is 8.0 % of the value of the goods. You can help speed up customs clearance by showing a receipt for the goods.

Further info

The full context is available in:

Contact

Import

Federal Office of Police Central Office for Weapons (ZSW)
3003 Bern
Tel.
+41 58 464 54 00

infozsw@fedpol.admin.ch

Export of firearms especially shotguns for huntsmen and marksmen, to a Schengen Member State

Federal Office of Police Central Office for Weapons (ZSW)
3003 Bern
Tel.
+41 58 464 54 00

infozsw@fedpol.admin.ch

Export of shotguns for huntsmen and marksmen to a non Schengen Member State

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco) Export controls / Industrial products
3003 Bern
Tel.
+41 58 462 68 50

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Export controls of dual-use goods and specific military goods)

Export of weapons other than firearms (for ex. Soft Air Guns) to a Schengen Member State or to a non Schengen Member State

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco) Export controls / Industrial products
3003 Bern
Tel.
+41 58 462 68 50

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Export controls of dual-use goods and specific military goods)

Export and transit of war weapons

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco) Export controls / Arms control and arms control policy
3003 Bern
Tel.
+41 58 464 50 94

State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (war material)

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Print contact

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/content/ezv/en/home/information-individuals/bans--restrictions-and-authorisations/weapons.html