What does one need to know before entering Switzerland
Customs regulations when entering Switzerland with different products:
No customs fees are required for the following products:
a) Tobacco products (for residents in European countries): 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250 grams
b) Alcoholic drinks (for people over 17 years old): 2 litres under 15°, one litre over 15°. With
customs fees: up to 10 litres – white wine or 40 litres – red wine. To import quantities over this
limit, one must have an import licence from the Swiss General Customs Office in Bern. The customs
fees over this limit charge CHF 4,60 per litre.
c) Food products, including non-alcoholic drinks, according to normal quantities for a person for
d) Personal items – clothing, intimate accessories, sports equipment, two photo camera, two amateur
video camera, equipment for these cameras, musical instruments, medicine and other items of general
use. These items are exempted from customs fees during the visit if it is obvious that they are being
used. Otherwise, one must pay customs fees and when leaving Switzerland recuperate the amount,
according to a customs statement.
e) One may bring presents worth of maximum CHF 100 (adults) and CHF 50 (children up to 17).
f) Items not included on the list of products exempted of customs fees, only if they are of personal
use and up to CHF 50.
g) Maximum 2,50 Kg meat (of which 0,5 kg fresh or frozen meat and maximum 1 kg different meat
products such as horse, beef, goat, sheep and pork). Meat that is not for humans consume can be
imported up to 2,5 kg. Butter, up to 250 g per person. It is forbidden to import absinthe and its
substitutes, tranquillisers and narcotics.
h) Animals: cats and dogs must have a veterinarian certificate, stating that the animal has been
vaccinated against rabid at least a month before and at longest a year before. This certificate must
be in French, German, Italian or English and must contain the following details: name and address of
the owner, race, gender, colour, peculiar signs, age, confirmation of a medical control stating that
the animal was healthy before vaccination, the vaccination date, the type of vaccination, the name of
the producer and the product that was vaccinated, the vaccination number, stamp and signature of the
doctor. All mammals, except experimental animals (gold hamster, rats, and laboratory mouse), all
birds, except canaries, all reptiles and amphibians can be imported only with an importation permit
from the Swiss Federal Veterinary Office.