Customs formalities The relevant Swiss representations abroad will be able to advise you regarding your entry into Switzerland, including visa formalities and customs and currency arrangements. You need to consult the Federal Customs Administration regarding the importation of your furniture, car, plants, pets, etc. When packing up your household and personal effects in your home country, you should make a list of what you are taking with you. You will later need to present this list to customs. When moving to Switzerland, your car must be declared at the border along with the rest of your household goods. Importing a vehicle You must declare your vehicle for customs clearance at the Swiss border yourself, without being asked to do so. If you have owned the vehicle: for more than 6 months before moving to Switzerland for fewer than 6 months before moving to Switzerland Customs implications You may import your vehicle with the same certificate you use for your personal effects If your car is deemed to be a new vehicle, you may not clear it as removal goods Taxes payable No import tax or VAT is payable, provided you do not sell your vehicle in Switzerland within the first 12 months Import tax Customs fees Excise duty (4%) VAT (8%) Tax Required documents “Application for clearance of household effects” form Driving license Valid passport Sales contract or invoice Proof of occupation in Switzerland (residence permit, employment con-tract, tenancy agreement) Driving license Valid passport Sales contract or invoice Proof of occupation in Switzerland (residence permit, employment contract, tenancy agreement) Registration deadline 12 months 1 month Animals Animals (excluding livestock) can be imported as personal goods, duty-free and without a license, subject to protective measures against disease. Please note special entry requirements for animals.