Importation into Switzerland

What goods are you allowed to import into Switzerland? When do you have to pay VAT and customs duties (tax-free limit and duty-free allowances)? Here you will find an overview of the regulations when entering Switzerland with goods.

Personal effects

Personal effects can be imported tax and duty-free. These include objects which:

  • individuals resident in Switzerland took with them when they left the country;
  • individuals resident abroad use during their stay in Switzerland and re-export.

This includes, for instance, items of clothing, underwear, toiletries, sports equipment, still and video cameras, mobile phones, laptops and musical instruments.

Personal travelling provisions

Travelling provisions can be imported tax and duty-free. These include ready-to-eat food and non-alcoholic beverages for the day of travel.

Please note: It is prohibited to bring in meat and dairy products, as well as most fruits and vegetables from third countries (i.e. non-EU countries). Check with the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) before you travel: Importation of foods by private travellers.

Other goods (souvenirs, foodstuffs, medicines etc.)

If you are importing goods (furniture, electronic items, car accessories, etc.), the following regulations apply:

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: 1. Does the total value of all goods exceed CHF 300? No: exempt from VAT. Yes: VAT due on the total value. 2. Have the duty-free allowances been exceeded? No: duty-free. Yes: the excess quantities are dutiable: More than 1 kg of meat and meat products: up to 10 kg: CHF 17 per kg; more than 10 kg: CHF 23 per kg More than 1 kg/litre of butter or cream: CHF 16 per kg/litre More than 5 kg/litres of oil, fats or margarine: CHF 2 per kg/litre More than 5 litres of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content by volume of up to 18%: CHF 2 per litreMore than 1 litre of alcoholic beverages with an alcohol content by volume of more than 18%: CHF 15 per litre More than 250 units of cigarettes/cigars: CHF 0.25 per unitMore than 250 grammes of other tobacco products: CHF 0.10 per gramme
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