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Importing goods –things to keep in mind at customs

Everything you need to know about importing goods into Switzerland and customs clearance.

Goods subject to duty and allowances

Goods subject to duty

When you enter Switzerland, you may need to pay duty on imported goods. Goods subject to duty are:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tobacco
  • Goods with a total value of CHF 300 or more (including alcoholic beverages and tobacco products)

When declaring your goods at customs in Arrival 2, please have all of your receipts and travel documents ready.

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Goods not subject to duty

You may import the following goods duty-free into Switzerland per person and day for private consumption or as gifts:

  • Alcoholic beverages (minimum age 17): 5 litres up to 18% vol. and 1 litre over 18% vol.
  • Tobacco products (Minimum age 17): 250 cigarettes or 250 cigars or 250 g of other tobacco products
  • Goods with a total value of less than CHF 300 (including alcoholic beverages and tobacco products)

Prohibited goods

You are not permitted to import the following goods into Switzerland:

  • Forgeries of branded or designer goods
  • Dangerous laser pointers that can cause damage to the eyes and skin
  • Foodstuffs of animal origin (meat, dairy products, etc.) from non-EU and non-EFTA countries
  • Live plants and parts of plants (incl. fruit/vegetables) from non-EU and non-EFTA countries and the Canary Islands (import is prohibited or subject to restrictions)

More information

You can obtain information about customs clearance from the Federal Customs Administration. You can declare any goods yourself by using the QuickZoll app on your smartphone.

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