Animals and plants

For certain animals and plants, the Swiss border signals: Stop!

Some animals and plants may not be brought into Switzerland, or only with a permit. This applies to all animals and plants threatened with extinction, for example.

Furthermore, most plants from third countries (outside the EU and EFTA) are prohibited. The only exceptions are pineapples, coconuts, durians, bananas and dates. The measures serve to protect the Swiss population, environment and economy by preventing the spread of diseases and pests.

An unusual case arose in the autumn of 2021 at Geneva airport. During a check on a traveller arriving from Cameroon, FOCBS staff confiscated 14.2kg of pangolin meat, for which a CITES permit must be issued, as well as 1.7kg of meat from other wild animals (bushmeat) and 3kg of exotic fruit, which is subject to an import ban.

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For certain animals and plants, the Swiss border signals: Stop!
Detections (consignments reported to the FSVO*)
  2019 2020 2021
Species protection (plants and animals) 879 779 699

Animal protection

587 654 2 560
* Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office.

The FOCBS also detected 4 451 consignments of prohibited plants, fruit, vegetables, cut flowers, cut foliage and seeds from third countries.

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