When entering Switzerland, all personal belongings and household goods are subject to inspection by Swiss Customs. Travelers must complete a detailed customs declaration form that lists all items being imported. This gets submitted upon arrival along with your passport.
Duty-Free Allowances in Switzerland
Switzerland allows duty-free import of personal items up to a certain value. This includes goods for personal use, as well as gifts and souvenirs up to a total of CHF 300. Keeping receipts for all new items proves ownership and value, facilitating customs clearance.
Electronics like laptops, tablets, cell phones, cameras, speakers, and headphones may incur import duties. Other dutiable items include perfumes, jewelry, watches, precious metals, tobacco, and alcohol. Expect to pay duty rates from 0-15% depending on the item type and value.
To maintain security, certain items cannot be imported into Switzerland. These include:
- Counterfeit items
- Cultural Property
- Drugs and narcotics
- PIC Pesticides
- Precious Metals
- Protected Animals and Plants
- Pyrotechnics and explosives
- Radar warning devices
- Waste material
Miscellaneous (Pets, Motors, and others.)
Pets require a veterinary health certificate and import permit to enter Switzerland.
Only vehicles meeting emissions standards can be imported, and they are subject to duties.
Currency amounts over CHF 10,000 must also be declared upon arrival.