comparis.ch supports you in your move to Switzerland - with the practical
, you manage the most important steps in the twinkling of an eye.
| || Before moving: |
| || Tip 1: || Looking for an apartment |
Use the comparis.ch property market to find your dream apartment or house. Comparis will help you search for an apartment: All advertisements published in major Internet property portals in Switzerland will be compiled and clearly presented.
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| || Tip 2: || Customs formalities |
Get up-to-date on customs formalities for importing your car and your pets. Make a list of your personal effects, furniture and plants when you do your packing in your home country (rough details are sufficient). You will have to surrender this list later to customs. When moving to Switzerland you must declare your car at the border in the same way as you declare the rest of your personal effects.
You will find all necessary information from the Federal Customs Administration.
| || Tip 3: || Documents: Passport / Work Permit / Residence Permit |
Check that your identity card and passport are still valid, or better still, renew them before you move. If possible, get your new employer to send you the work permit. You will find all necessary information about the various types of residence permit under: Federal Office for Migration
Tip 4: || Insurances |
Request a declaration of benefit coverage from your health insurance company. Ask your household insurance about necessary supplements for furniture transport.
| || Tip 5: || Notice of termination - change of address |
When moving abroad you must terminate your subscriptions, etc. and/or notify various parties of your change of address. You can terminate, transfer or take out subscriptions and notify all necessary parties of your change of address a few weeks before you move (residents' registration office, banks, insurance companies, telephone companies, schools, kindergarten, gas, water and electricity companies, radio and television licences, subscriptions, etc.).
| || Tip 6: || Telecom |
Telephone connection: Terminate your agreement in your home town and register in your new place of residence. Use comparis.ch to compare various telecom providers and sign in straight away. You can also compare Internet and mobile services.
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After the move:
| || Tipp 7: || Einwohnermeldeamt |
After arrival in Switzerland, you must register with your local area office within 8 days (in any case prior to the first day of work).
*The term of application to a Swiss health insurance company is three months. Confirmation of compulsory basic insurance can be given to the town of residence within this period.
- Official proof of identity for every family member entering the country
- Proof of compulsory basic health insurance with a Swiss health insurance company *
- 1 passport photo of each family member entering the country
- Civil status documents (family register, marriage certificate, birth certificate of underage children, etc.)
- Contract of employment or proof of admission to institution of higher education
- Copy of the current Swiss tenancy contract
| || Tip 8: || Private liability and household insurance |
You should definitely take out a private liability insurance for yourself and family members living in the same household. It covers damages caused to household effects by fire, water, theft or glass breakage.
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| || Tip 9: || Compulsory health insurance |
According to Health Insurance Laws (KVG), health insurance is compulsory for all persons with residency in Switzerland. The basic insurance covers all medical necessities. You have to register for health insurance latest 3 months after entering the country.
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| || Tip 10: || Car registration |
Deadline for car registration:
- Importation as a personal effect: 12 months.
- Importation as a new car: 1 month.
In order to register the vehicle in Switzerland you will need proof of insurance with a Swiss insurance company.
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Your foreign driving licence is valid in Switzerland for the first 12 months. After this period a Swiss driving licence is compulsory. During the first year you can exchange your foreign driving licence for a Swiss licence at the vehicle and driver registration office in your canton (Strassenverkehrsamt). If you miss this deadline, you will have to take the Swiss driving test.
Detailed information and addresses of vehicle and driver registration offices (Strassenverkehrsamt) can be found on the website of the association of Swiss vehicle and driver registration offices under: http://www.asa.ch