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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. Any goods exceeding this duty free allowance are subject to tax. If you wish to bring goods with you into Switzerland, please observe the applicable customs regulations.

Import and export

Duty free allowance for alcohol and tobacco

The daily duty free allowance for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products is as follows (provided the person is over 17 years of age): 

Alcoholic beverages:

Up to 15 % vol. 2 litres and
Over 15 % vol. 1 litre

Tobacco products:

Cigarettes: 200
Cigars: 50
Loose tobacco: 250 g (fine cut tobacco, pipe, chewing, oral and snuff tobacco)

Goods with a total value of CHF 300.- or more

If you wish to import any goods with a total value of more than CHF 300.- you will be liable to pay tax on these goods.  You will be taxed on the total value.

Please have all receipts and your travel documents ready when declaring goods.

Beware of forgeries

It is against the law to bring in forgeries and pirated copies of goods, brands and designer items of any kind, including for personal use. Counterfeit goods will be confiscated and destroyed.

Foodstuffs of animal origin

Importing goods of animal origin (meat, dairy products) from non-EU or non-EFTA countries is prohibited.

Goods of plant origin

Importing living plants or parts of plants (incl. fruit and vegetables) from non-EU and non-EFTA countries and the Canary Islands is subject to restrictions or is prohibited.

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.
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