Before you move – don´t forget
- Remember the following documents: identity card or passport, driving licence, diplomas, work testimonials and curriculum vitae as well as passport photographs.
- Complete form 18.44 (Declaration/Application for clearance of relocation goods) and submit it in duplicate to the customs authorities.
- Remember your health and accident insurance.
- Should you bring your pet, make sure that it has been vaccinated against rabies in accordance with Swiss regulations and has been fitted with a microchip or tattoo.
- Don’t forget to obtain whichever E form is appropriate for your social situation (E111, E119, E301, E303, E101, E104).
- Inform the authorities of your change of address!
- Make use of the Swiss daily papers, TV and radio as well as the many websites to find out more about life in Switzerland.
Things to remember – after your move
- Report to the local authorities within 14 days of your arrival in Switzerland. Take along your passport or identity card, your employment contract as well as passport photographs.
- Register at the embassy of your native country based in Switzerland.
- Bring along your complete application file and Form E303 (Exportation of services).
If you are an EU national and are looking for a job, you can stay in Switzerland for three months without a permit. Thereafter you have to report to the cantonal migration office/aliens police. If you are already registered as unemployed, you must enquire at your employment office before your departure to Switzerland.
Conclude a household effects and private third-party insurance policy
In some cantons certain insurances are compulsory.RADIO/TV Report your radio and TV to the Swiss collection office for radio and TV reception charges.
Post office or bank account
In Switzerland, as a rule, your salary is directly paid into an account. We therefore recommend you to open an account at a bank or the post office. You will need an identity card for this.
After entering Switzerland you must register your car for a technical test. Vehicles kept in Switzerland for longer than a year must have a Swiss vehicle card and number plate. Change your driving licence for a Swiss one within 12 months.
Buy a bicycle sticker (vignette).