Travelling Rules

Travelling to Switzerland does not entail limitless options. When travelling to this country, you have to be careful not only about your documents, but also about the restrictions applying to import and export of goods. What is and what is not allowed to be brought to Switzerland? There is a complete ban or strict limits on amount applied to certain types of goods. Generally, when entering Switzerland, you are allowed to have clothes, toiletries, cosmetics, medication for personal use, camera, camcorder, mobile phone, portable computer; allowed foods include foods and drink for direct consumption and fuel in the vehicle tank + the maximum of 25 litres in a can.

Any other items aimed for consumption by passengers or as gifts are exempt from tax and custom fees, as long as they comply with two basic requirements:
– Their total value (without tax) does not exceed CHF 300;
– The limits set for the amounts of selected types of goods have not been exceeded.
If the total value of all items (without tax) is over CHF 300, it is subject to tax of 8% (standard rate) or 2.5% (reduced rate, e.g. for foods) of the total amount.
If any of the set limits for selected types of goods is exceeded, payment of customs fee of the set amount is required.


Type of goodsDuty-free import per person and dayNote
Meat and meat products, except for game and fish1 kgImport of animal products originating outside the EU and Norway is prohibited.
Butter and cream1 kg/litre-
Food industry oils, fats and margarines5kg/litre-
Alcohol beverages (applies only to persons aged over 17)for beverages up to 18% alc. vol.: 5 litres in totalFor beverages over 18% alc. vol.: 1 litre in total
Tobacco products (applies only to persons aged over 17)cigarettes/cigars: 250 items in total or
Other tobacco products: 250 g in total Or a combination of both within the set limit
The amount is based on brutto weight.

Although Switzerland is not an EU member, travelling to Switzerland is relatively easy. Under the Treaty on Free Movement of Persons of 1 June 2002 between EU and Switzerland, EU citizens are allowed to travel to Switzerland with their ID only. The Treaty applies to all EU member states, therefore includes Czech and Slovak citizens.
Length of Stay and Permit
The maximum length of stay in Switzerland without a permit is 3 months. If a citizen intends to stay longer or engage in gainful employment, they are obliged to apply for the respective permit with a migration authority in Switzerland. There are different permits based on their length.
L type permit (for 3 months to 1 year)
B type permit (up to 5 years)
– Only with an employment contract for more than 1 year or indefinite
C type permit (unlimited)
– Granted after 5 or 10 years of living in Switzerland
– Language exam required
Ci type permit (granted mostly to family members)
You can apply for your residence permit on-line HERE

The fees for residence application are between CHF 50 and 600, depending on the canton.