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Customs regulations

Taxable goods

You are permitted to bring a certain amount of alcoholic drinks and tobacco products with you into Switzerland. If you wish to bring goods with you into Switzerland, please observe the applicable customs regulations..

Customs on arrival
Import and export

Allowances for taxable goods

The following goods and quantities may be imported duty-free into Switzerland per person and day for private consumption or as gifts:

  • Alcoholic beverages*)
    5 litres up to 18% vol. and
    1 litre over 18% vol.
  •  Tobacco*)
    250 cigarettes or 250 cigars or
    250 g of other tobacco products
    *) Minimum age 17

VAT duty-free allowances

The duty-free allowance is CHF 300 per person and day. The value of all goods brought into the country including alcoholic beverages and tobacco products is decisive. If the sum of CHF 300 is exceeded, VAT is payable on the total value of all goods. When declaring goods, please have all receipts and your travel documents ready.

Beware of forgeries

It is against the law to bring forgeries of branded or designer goods into the country, including those items being imported for personal use. Any forgeries that are detected will be confiscated and destroyed. Foodstuffs of animal origin Passengers are not permitted to import any foodstuffs of animal origin, such as meat and dairy products, from non-EU or non-EFTA countries.

Laser pointers

Dangerous laser pointers have been banned in Switzerland since 1 June 2019. These laser pointers, which can cause damage to the eyes and skin, have become more common over the past few years. They are not permitted in Europe and Switzerland and are most often sold on the Internet. 

Goods of plant origin

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Swiss customs further information

You will find further information on all of the above subjects on the Swiss Customs Administration website or their mobile app.
Information individuals

"QuickZoll" customs clearance app

QuickZoll is the official customs clearance app from the Federal Customs Administration for declaring private goods. QuickZoll enables individuals to themselves declare in advance any goods which they have bought abroad for their own use or for giving away as gifts, and to pay any taxes and duties directly. QuickZoll also offers a short, succinct summary of everything that travellers need to know about entry into Switzerland. www.quickzoll.admin.ch