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Bringing plants and animals into Switzerland

Importing animals purchased abroad

Animals that are purchased abroad and imported into Switzerland are duty free, but liable to VAT. Check the website of the Federal Customs Administration for more detailed information.

Transit of live animals and animal products

Animals, products of animal origin, non-animal foods and consumer goods are all subject to different transit provisions. These provisions are also determined by whether the products originate in and are destined for the EU or a third country.

Travelling to Switzerland with pets

Are you planning on travelling to Switzerland with your dog or cat? Different regulations apply depending on the rabies risk in the country of origin. More information, including the very practical online help, is available on the website of the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO).

Importing plants

Plants may seem like a great souvenir to take back home, but make sure you are aware of any restrictions and import bans.

If the value of the plants purchased abroad exceed the CHF 300 duty-free limit, you will have to declare them to Swiss customs. For more specific information, go to the website of the Federal Customs Administration.

Imports of protected species of animals and plants

Imports of CITES-protected animals, plants and derived products require CITES export permits issued by the CITES enforcement authorities of the country of origin, as well as import permits from the FSVO.