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Crossing the border in another person's car

Persons residing in Switzerland

If you live in Switzerland and borrow someone else's car, you need to consider the following:

1. If the vehicle is registered in Switzerland

  • Remember to have the following items with you: vehicle registration document, driving licence, exhaust inspection document, a warning triangle and valid motorway sticker.
  • Check your insurance: in addition to personal liability insurance, third party drivers need to have additional insurance.

2. If the vehicle is registered abroad

In principle, persons residing in Switzerland should not be driving a vehicle registered abroad. If you drive such a car, it is considered to be imported and is subject to customs duties and taxation.

Persons residing abroad

In principle EU residents are not entitled to drive a vehicle registered in Switzerland on EU territory. If an EU resident drives a Swiss-registered vehicle borrowed from a Swiss resident in the EU, this can already be considered as car smuggling. European Union regulations apply.

If you live abroad and enter Switzerland with a motor vehicle you can find more information here: "Entering Switzerland with a motor vehicle".