Relocating to Switzerland

10 tips to make your moving to Switzerland easy

Whether you are relocating to Switzerland to work, to retire or simply to enjoy the beautiful countryside, some preparation will make your move run smoothly. If work is your object, first find employment if it is not already arranged, since that will determine where you settle.Be aware that Switzerland has four languages -French, German, Italian and Romansh. Switzerland is divided into units called cantons – and they have a high degree of autonomy. Regulations about language, housing, and other matters will be different depending upon where you settle.

Tip 1 is Switzerland’s largest comparison site, and is filled with useful information. You may find a home, learn about the necessary insurances, customs requirements and much more at this site.

Where will you live? Your first need will be for a home. Again, gather information about the canton you wish to live in, as this will make a difference as to how easily you will settle in.

Tip 2

Customs. Pets are welcome, but the regulations are strict. Ensure you visit your vet well in advance to obtain pet passports, microchips and all the necessary vaccination including rabies.

Plants also have rules regulating what can and what cannot be imported into Switzerland. You will also need to make a list of your belongings for the customs officers – this need not be too detailed. (more…)

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Swiss customs regulations

The Swiss have customs regulations they want travellers to abide by. It is imperative to declare any taxable merchandise. Import taxes are usually inexpensive mostly for small quantities. However failure to declare your merchandise will result in paying the duty plus a fine that is generally two times the TVA (sales tax) on the goods. Flying is the one of the most common modes of transportation to Switzerland, upon arrival at the Swiss airport you are required to declare any taxable items, otherwise the airport officials may be inclined to walk up to you and pull you aside for questioning.

Similarly, if you adamantly purchase counterfeit and fake goods such as fake and replica watches and fake designer apparel, be advised that the Swiss are strictly opposed to these activities, border guards take their role in the Stop Piracy group seriously. If you’re caught to be in possession of fake trademarked or designer brand products it will be confiscated. You are, however, allowed to make personal copies for your own personal use, as a result DVDs and CDs are not a problem. Switzerland does not, unlike its neighbouring countries, fine you for bringing in counterfeit products: the authorities will only take them from you. (more…)

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Cantons of Switzerland

The word canton means district or a section or part of a country; in total there are 26 cantons in Switzerland. Not all cantons speak the same language, some cantons are French speaking, German speaking and Italian speaking, while in other cantons like Graubünden: German, and Romansh are spoken.

Switzerland has become the international hotspot of choice for wealthy Britons looking to relocate abroad. There are many established British communities in the different cantons who live and work there. There is a high British population in cantons such as Geneva Zurich. Also there are British pubs such as Lady Godiva in Geneva (, and the popular Mr Pickwick chain in areas such as: Baden, Zurich, Basel and Zug (  British groceries are also sold in Switzerland, meaning you can enjoy the foods you used to have back home in Britain. (more…)

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Moving with pets to Switzerland

Moving with pets to Switzerland can be not that easy as it seems to be, because Switzerland is not a member of EU. Pets, especially dogs are considered to be a man’s best friend. As a result, you need to put your pets into consideration when moving to a new location. If you intend to move to Switzerland with your pets, here are a few pointers you will need to know.

Firstly, if you will be flying, one of the crucial steps is to insure the pet prior to your move. Pets aged up to 8 years old can be insured, however older pets may pose a problem with insurers because when pets get older, there is a tendency to need more medical care. So, you will need to enquire directly from the company about a quote for your pets.

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