All weapons, parts of weapons, ammunition and parts of ammunition must be declared to the customs office on importation, exportation and transit.
Obligation to notify at the border
Weapons according to the Weapons Act
- Firearms like pistols, revolvers, rifles, pump action guns, lever action guns, self-loading guns (shotguns and rifles);
- compressed air and CO2 weapons that develop a muzzle energy of at least 7.5 joules or that can be mistaken for real firearms due to their appearance;
- imitation, blank cartridge and airsoft weapons that can be mistaken for real firearms due to their appearance;
- butterfly knives, throwing knives, knives whose blade can be opened by means of an automatic mechanism that requires the use of one hand only, with an overall length of more than 12 cm and a blade longer than 5 cm;
- daggers with a symmetrical blade no longer than 30 cm;
- devices that are intended to injure a person, in particular knuckledusters, simple or spring batons, throwing stars and slingshots with arm support;
- all electric shock devices (stun guns) and spray devices with irritants according to Appendix 2 Weapons Ordinance (WV), except pepper sprays.
- Automatic firearms and automatic firearms converted to semiautomatic small arms
- Daggers, throwing knives, butterfly knives, switchblade knives and other knives with automatic release mechanism or a spring assisted opening mechanism
- 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
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
“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.
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.
Weapons, cartridges and ammunition are duty free.
Value added tax
VAT is 8,1 % of the value of the goods. You can help speed up customs clearance by showing a receipt for the goods.
ImportFederal Office of Police Central Office for Weapons (ZSW)
- +41 58 464 54 00
Export of firearms especially shotguns for huntsmen and marksmen, to a Schengen Member StateFederal Office of Police Central Office for Weapons (ZSW)
- +41 58 464 54 00
Export of shotguns for huntsmen and marksmen to a non Schengen Member StateState Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco) Export controls / Industrial products
- +41 58 462 68 50
Export of weapons other than firearms (for ex. Soft Air Guns) to a Schengen Member State or to a non Schengen Member StateState Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco) Export controls / Industrial products
- +41 58 462 68 50
Export and transit of war weaponsState Secretariat for Economic Affairs (seco) Export controls / Arms control and arms control policy
- +41 58 464 50 94