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Bringing a new kitten into Switzerland and the border patrol/VAT

Hello all.

Part of this question may sound ridiculous, but I am probably going to be buying a kitten in Italy and bringing her into Switzerland in June.

I know that I would need a pet passport, certain shots for that age (though no rabies because she will be less than 3 months old), etc.

But at the border, what exactly happens? Are they required to stamp something? And do they require you to pay Swiss VAT (as if I just bought a purse?) The latter might seem ridiculous, but as I have never done this before, I really feel like I need to be prepared.

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Re: Bringing a new kitten into Switzerland and the border patrol/VAT

Yes, it's like a purse .

First time I traveled with a puppy by car and I just stopped at the border. Showed the officer the purchase agreement, he calculated the correct amount of VAT, I paid with my visa, he stamped the puppy's passport and that was all.

Second time I came by train, so I had no option to stop at the border. I declared my dog after I arrived, just found a special box, filled a form, attached the purchase agreement, sealed it in an envelope and left it in the box. After few days I got my documents back with a bill to pay.
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Yes, it's like a purse .

First time I traveled with a puppy by car and I just stopped at the border. Showed the officer the purchase agreement, he calculated the correct amount of VAT, I paid with my visa, he stamped the puppy's passport and that was all.

Second time I came by train, so I had no option to stop at the border. I declared my dog after I arrived, just found a special box, filled a form, attached the purchase agreement, sealed it in an envelope and left it in the box. After few days I got my documents back with a bill to pay.
Thanks so much. Do they calculate a straight 8% or do they also hit you with a high fee to determine how much VAT you owe?
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Re: Bringing a new kitten into Switzerland and the border patrol/VAT

Exactly how young? If under 56 days it doesn't look as if it can come in without it's mother.

This from the Swiss Veterinary Office website:

Crossing the border with dogs, cats or ferrets

I bring dogs, cats or ferrets with me from: Italy.
I live in Switzerland and want to bring dogs, cats or ferrets from a foreign country to Switzerland:

1 Cat(s), younger than 16 weeks

Entering Switzerland:
  • Microchip (ISO 11784, readable by reader compliant with ISO 11785) or legible tattoo, provided the latter can be shown to have been applied before 3 July 2011. Identification must take place before the valid rabies vaccination. (IETPO, Art. 8).
  • EU pet passport or EU-recognised passports of other European states (Andorra, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Vatican City) if the animal originally comes from there. (IETPO, Art. 12).
  • If the animals are under 12 weeks old, or are under 16 weeks old and were vaccinated against rabies after the age of 12 weeks but the 21-day waiting period has not yet expired, the owner must provide a declaration confirming that the animals have never come into contact with wild animals of a species susceptible to rabies.
    Note: Young animals under 56 days old must be accompanied by their mother (AniPO, Art. 70 para. 4).
    Model owner’s declaration: available here.
    If the animals are under 16 weeks old and are accompanied by their mother, which can be shown to have been vaccinated against rabies before the young animals were born, and on which they are still dependent, an owner’s declaration is not required. (IETPO, Art. 13).
  • Register your animal(s) with Swiss customs and be careful to keep the documents on the correct declaration and, where applicable, the payment of VAT.
  • It is forbidden to import dogs with docked ears or tails into Switzerland.
  • As a dog owner, you are required to register your animal(s) in your Swiss place of residence. Your veterinarian must additionally register the dog(s) in the Swiss dog database (ANIS) within 10 days.
  • Find out about the training requirements for dog owners in Switzerland.
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  • This regulation applies solely to pets, such as dogs, cats and ferrets, which are kept out of interest in the animal or as a household companion. Pets accompany their owners or a person designated by the owners. (IETPO, Arts. 1 and 2).
  • After being taken over the border, pets must not be sold or handed over to new owners. They must already be in the care of their current owner in the country of origin. (IETPO, Art. 1)
    If the animals are handed over to new owners after crossing the border, the regulations governing commercial imports of animals apply.
You can find this for yourself here:

http://blv.bytix.com/plus/dbr/default.aspx

Also this from the main page:

"4. Young animals
Young animals up to the age of 12 weeks may be brought into Switzerland unvaccinated if they are with the mothers on which they are still dependent or if an owner's declaration is provided to confirm that, since their birth, they have never come into contact with wild animals whose species is susceptible to rabies. With a declaration of this kind, young animals aged between 12 and 16 weeks may also be imported if they have already been vaccinated against rabies, but the waiting period of 21 days has not yet expired.
The importing and transit of puppies aged less than 56 days is forbidden for reasons of animal welfare - unless they are traveling in the company of their mothers (or their foster-mother)."

http://www.blv.admin.ch/themen/04670...x.html?lang=en
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Thanks so much. Do they calculate a straight 8% or do they also hit you with a high fee to determine how much VAT you owe?
There is no fee, as far as I remember.
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Re: Bringing a new kitten into Switzerland and the border patrol/VAT

If you've just bought the kitten at say 9 weeks old, how can you declare it hasn't been in contact with a wild animal?
You don't know where it's been.
My interpretation is, the owner from birth can do this, such as the 'breeder' delivering it to the new owner in CH.

Are the Swiss so lax?
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Exactly how young? If under 56 days it doesn't look as if it can come in without it's mother.
The kitten will be 14-15 weeks old so no worries there. I am familiar with all that information but thank you anyway. I was more curious to know what happens or needs to happen at the border.
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Thanks so much. Do they calculate a straight 8% or do they also hit you with a high fee to determine how much VAT you owe?
They take the price you paid, deduct Italian VAT (make sure they do this, if you've paid any), and add 8% to the remainder. No additional charges. If it cost less than 300CHF (net of Italian VAT), there's not even the 8% to pay.
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Re: Bringing a new kitten into Switzerland and the border patrol/VAT

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If you've just bought the kitten at say 9 weeks old, how can you declare it hasn't been in contact with a wild animal?
You don't know where it's been.
My interpretation is, the owner from birth can do this, such as the 'breeder' delivering it to the new owner in CH.

Are the Swiss so lax?
But of course, it is the former owner / the breeder who declares that.
I had such a statement while crossing the border, but nobody wanted to see it.
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