Switzerland Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Import regulations:

From age 17, free import of tobacco products, being 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco, and alcoholic beverages, being 2 liters up to 15% volume and 1 liter over 15% volume. For quantities imported in excess of this allowance a tax of CHF 4,60 applies per 0.1 liter. Subject to payment of import duty: maximum allowance of wine: 20 liters. For wine in excess of above limits very high import duties apply.

Personal effects (such as clothing, underwear, toilet articles, sports gear, 2 cameras and 2 amateur cine cameras, a normal quantity of film material for the respective cameras, musical instruments and other articles of general use required during a sojourn or a trip). Only used personal effects are duty exempt. Goods without distinct traces of use may be subject to import duty (the amount paid is refunded upon re-export if import document is presented).

Gifts (incl. perfume) for residents of Switzerland if absent abroad at least 24 hours, can import up to CHF 200.- (For children under 17: CHF 100.-) Only for own use, as souvenir or as gift for third person. Excluded are foodstuffs/goods intended for stocking up. Simultaneously imported parts/pieces of a whole (e.g. of a dish) are considered as one object. Objects exceeding the value of CHF 300.- are taxable in their entirety (even if imported in common by more than one person). Other passengers are assigned a limit of CHF 100.- Not for own use, only as gift for third person. (For children under 17 years: CHF 50.-).

Goods not included in free list as above (but excl. of categories tobacco products and alcohol beverages and goods for stocking) for own use only: up to CHF 50.-.

Food from EU Member States is permitted if for personal consumption;
Food from non-EU Member States: it is forbidden to bring in any meat, eggs, milk, honey or other products of animal origin.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

firearms (up to 2 for hunting and up to 2 for sporting) may be imported without a permit if the passenger satisfactorily proves that they will be used in a sport contest or a hunting event.
if in circumstances as described above, the following ammunitions can be accepted:
- 50 cartridges (for hunting);
- 250 cartridges (per handgun);
- 250 cartridges (per rifled sporting gun);
- 500 cartridges (per smooth bore sporting gun).
NOTE: if not complying with the above, authorization from regional police departments must be obtained in advance.
For further information please refer to: Federal Office of Police, Central Office for Weapons,
3003 Berne, Switzerland.("Bundesamt fur Polizei, Zentralstelle Waffen (ZSW)". Tel: 41 58 463 11 23. Email: [email protected].
Firearms and ammunitions must be declared on arrival at all times.

Wild Fauna and Flora:

Fruits, plants, plant material and soil: restrictive measures. For information apply to Federal Office for Agriculture (FOAG) CH-3003 Bern. Tel: 41 58 462 25 11.

Additional Information on regulations:

From all countries are prohibited the following: absinth and its imitations, anaesthetics.

Export regulations:

Free export without restrictions, except that cheese in excess of 15 kilograms, gold and number of watches have to be declared.


Cats and dogs: are subject to Regulation (EC) No. 998/2003 and Regulation (EU) 576/2013 .
Import from the EU does not require an animal health permit. An animal health permit is required when entering from a rabies risk country, via a Swiss airport.
Import of max. 5 pets is allowed.
It is prohibited to import dogs with docked ears and/or cropped tail. Exempt are those with owners who live abroad and are coming for holidays or short stays or those relocating to Switzerland.
For full details on permits and import procedures incl. vaccinations and blood tests, please refer to the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO):
Schwarzenburgstrasse 155
CH -3003 Berne;
Tel: 41 58 463 30 33.
Email: [email protected]
Web site:

Birds: please consult the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO), website for detailed information on the import of birds.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at the airport of final destination in Switzerland.

Exempt: baggage of transit passengers with a destination outside of Switzerland and baggage of passengers who embarked in an EU Member State .


Currency Import regulations:

Import of local currency (Swiss Franc-CHF) and foreign currencies without restrictions.

Currency Export regulations:

Export of local currency (Swiss Franc-CHF) and foreign currencies without restrictions.

Airport Tax

No airport tax is levied on passengers upon embarkation at the airport.

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