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Old 23.07.2009, 11:48
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how much cash can one bring to CH...

...when travelling from non-Schengen countries? are there limits etc? are there limits before you have to declare etc?

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Re: wow much cash can one bring to CH...

To be confirmed but I do not think that there are any limits on bringing cash into CH.

At worst, you might need to prove that it is not drug money. When you deposit cash, the bank will want to know the origin of the money ("know the customer laws").

In any case, if you do so, be sure that you have a direct flight into CH and not via another country.Most countries consider international transit areas to still be their territory.
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Old 23.07.2009, 12:07
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Re: how much cash can one bring to CH...

thanks...that is what I thought as well..
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Old 23.07.2009, 12:12
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To be confirmed but I do not think that there are any limits on bringing cash into CH.

In any case, if you do so, be sure that you have a direct flight into CH and not via another country.Most countries consider international transit areas to still be their territory.
When you take a direct flight into CH, the country which you leave from to come to CH might have restriction / limitations on how much cash you can take out. So watch out
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Old 23.07.2009, 13:22
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Re: how much cash can one bring to CH...

It is a universal Customs rule, that anyone carrying more than USD
10,000/= in any form (cash, Travellers chqs etc.) must make a Declaration
to that effect, at the entry point. I wonder if this is correct?
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Old 23.07.2009, 13:27
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Re: how much cash can one bring to CH...

The Swiss authorities generally have no problem with money coming into der Schweiz. A more interesting question is, 'How much cash can I get past my country's customs on the way out?' My father was recently told at Heathrow that carrying more than GBP 10,000 out of the country was not allowed.

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Old 23.07.2009, 13:37
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Re: how much cash can one bring to CH...

Schengen isn't about the transportation of goods, it depends if you come in from a EU country or not:

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No rules from the Swiss side but this website recommends to not carry huge amounts, to not trigger checks from the international crime units. Since the 10k€ rule is EU wide, the only Swiss border where you can in fact carry money to your heart's content is at Liechtenstein
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Old 23.07.2009, 13:51
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carrying more than GBP 10,000 out of the country was not allowed.
It should be allowed, but you have to declare it, no?
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Old 23.07.2009, 14:08
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Re: how much cash can one bring to CH...

Any amount of cash can be taken into and out of Switzerland. It is a free country.

Most other countries, including US, UK, Germany, enforce limits on cash crossing their frontiers.
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...when travelling from non-Schengen countries? are there limits etc? are there limits before you have to declare etc?
If you have any concerns, simply declare it at customs.

You don't get punished for declaring something you didn't need to

But you do get punished for not declaring something you should have,
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Any amount of cash can be taken into and out of Switzerland. It is a free country.

Most other countries, including US, UK, Germany, enforce limits on cash crossing their frontiers.
I think the limit is 10,000 Euros into an EEC country.

I am interested to know if you can bring into Switzerland unlimited amounts of cash?

I was searched by an Italian Customs Office in Chiasso before getting on the train to Milan.
I had paperwork in my bag that showed I had taken out CHF 100,000 Cash only four hours earlier.
He then completely stripped my bag and demanded to know where the money was. He couldn't accept that I had left it in Switzerland.
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Old 06.08.2009, 19:42
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Re: how much cash can one bring to CH...

You can bring any amount you want into CH. You will need to prove the source of the funds before it will be accepted though.

What may I ask are you doing with paperwork relating to a Swiss Bank on a train into Italy? The Italians are of course looking for CH bankers that are bringing money to their Italian customers.
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Old 06.08.2009, 19:55
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I think the limit is 10,000 Euros into an EEC country.

I am interested to know if you can bring into Switzerland unlimited amounts of cash?

I was searched by an Italian Customs Office in Chiasso before getting on the train to Milan.
I had paperwork in my bag that showed I had taken out CHF 100,000 Cash only four hours earlier.
He then completely stripped my bag and demanded to know where the money was. He couldn't accept that I had left it in Switzerland.
Your question was how much money you can bring into Switzerland. You know the answer. Unlimited.

Your problem was that you are suspected of taking cash into Italy.

Somewhere there is a connection?
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What may I ask are you doing with paperwork relating to a Swiss Bank on a train into Italy? The Italians are of course looking for CH bankers that are bringing money to their Italian customers.
Not for Italian clients; for UK and Russian.
I reside in Ticino and fly out of Milan.
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Not for Italian clients; for UK and Russian.
I reside in Ticino and fly out of Milan.

In the future, you might want to rethink your flight arrangements if you are carrying any "packages" or even any paperwork. Grab a connection via ZRH or GVA. MUCH safer that going via Italy.
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Re: how much cash can one bring to CH...

There are two parts to this:

1. What can I bring in and what arrangements might I have to fulfill?
2. What can I take from my departure location and what arrangements might I have to fulfill?

1. In CH there are no limits to bring in or out valuables, however you should still declare anything above 300CHF to customs. When you later bring this to a bank for deposit for example you will need to establish you are not laundering assets.

2. In the EU there is a general requirement to declare to customs when entering and leaving it that you are carrying more than €10,000. This does not apply when travelling within the EU.

It's not illegal to have €10k or more "on you" you just should declare it if entering or leaving the EU when challenged if you have anything to declare. Not declaring it and then getting caught is an issue.

Of course declaring it may bring about some questioning under money laundering and other legislation, but technically they can ask you that about €1000. (I heard about an 18 year old trainee who won an award in England, and was questioned by revenue & customs as to where the sudden lodgement came from and had to send in documentation like the certificate, press coverage, awards ceremony etc.)

So the short answer is: as much as you possess legally having met the declaration requirements of the jurisdiction you have left.

Of course the alleged practice of Swiss bankers transporting cash from Germany to Switzerland on behalf of EU based clients hasn't helped.
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Re: how much cash can one bring to CH...

All this money laundering has absolutely nothing to do with terrorism, it is all about tax for EEC governments.

The terrorists move their money through mosques throughout the world, save on bank charges and doesn't take 10 days to clear.
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Old 07.08.2009, 16:11
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All this money laundering has absolutely nothing to do with terrorism, it is all about tax for EEC governments.

The terrorists move their money through mosques throughout the world, save on bank charges and doesn't take 10 days to clear.
So we've misunderstood the financing of the IRA all these years then?
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So we've misunderstood the financing of the IRA all these years then?
You are having a laugh if you believe that the EEC Money Laundering Rules put an end to the IRA.
I think you may find the IRA will possibly kicking off again in the not too distant future. Probably they would consider now quite a good time to start with the overstretched British Army.
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You are having a laugh if you believe that the EEC Money Laundering Rules put an end to the IRA.
I think you may find the IRA will possibly kicking off again in the not too distant future. Probably they would consider now quite a good time to start with the overstretched British Army.
The point of magyir is that since IRA are not Muslims, how dod they move their money through Mosques?
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