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Driving Belgian car in Switzerland?Help!

Ok ,I have done a search but can't see an answer to my question-apologies if I missed one!

My husband is not working in Bern,he has registered and has a B permit (i think)
I am still here in Belgium ,to join him in the summer .

He has been driving another car in Bern but plans to take our car back to Switzerland with him after Xmas.

Ok here's the issue,the car is registered in my name here as it was mine and he always had company cars.
Looking into it i am not sure if he can drive it in Switzerland on our Belgian insurance as he is now not resident here.Or can he?as some info says you can drive a foreign plated car there for 12 months.

If he can't drive on Belgian insurance will he be able to switch to Swiss insurance on a car that isn't owned by him?or can he easily register the car there as it is owned by a spouse?

feeling confused!
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Old 19.12.2014, 10:47
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Ok ,I have done a search but can't see an answer to my question-apologies if I missed one!

My husband is not working in Bern,he has registered and has a B permit (i think)
I am still here in Belgium ,to join him in the summer .

He has been driving another car in Bern but plans to take our car back to Switzerland with him after Xmas.

Ok here's the issue,the car is registered in my name here as it was mine and he always had company cars.
Looking into it i am not sure if he can drive it in Switzerland on our Belgian insurance as he is now not resident here.Or can he?as some info says you can drive a foreign plated car there for 12 months.

If he can't drive on Belgian insurance will he be able to switch to Swiss insurance on a car that isn't owned by him?or can he easily register the car there as it is owned by a spouse?

feeling confused!
He can easily register the car here even though it is legally owned by you. He will have to import it here as part of your move and pay tax if it's less than 6 months old. He will need to get the import form 13.20A stamped by customs when he brings the car into Switzerland. You can do the importation of your belongings in parts so the car and the household effects don't necessarily have to be imported at the same time. You have a 12 month time frame to complete the move.
Once he gets here with the car and has the customs form stamped he can go to the local car registration office with all his paperwork and they will give him an appointment for an inspection (MFK/expertise). He will need to have sorted out Swiss insurance for the car beforehand which will take effect once the importation is finalised. When that is done ( assuming it's all OK) they will give him a Swiss plate and grey card and send the old registration documents back to Belgium for the car to be de registered there and the insurance cancelled.

He can drive a foreign plated car here for up to 12 months BUT he will have to make sure that he has insurance coverage for it. You can ask your Belgian insurer if it will cover the car in Switzerland which is what we did and I think is the easiest option.

We brought 2 cars with us from Belgium and imported them eventually( one after 9 months and the other after 11) and there was no issue. I went to the vehicle registration office here in Neuchatel to make sure we were doing everything legally.
I did everything for the import of both cars even though one was in my husband's name ( the one I mostly drive) and one in mine. There was absolutely no problem at all in doing that. We had even 'misplaced' the pink paper for one of the cars during the move but a police report from Swiss police declaring it lost and a photocopy of the original were acceptable to them.

It's probably easier to hold off on changing the driving licence to a Swiss one until after the car has been registered here but it's not a problem if your husband already has his Swiss licence as long as the car has been declared for import.
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Re: Driving Belgian car in Switzerland?Help!

Thanks Belgianmum!
You are the best to answer it for me!
I will now call the insurers and not be so worried.
And I am reassured that the fact that the car is in my name should not be an issue-I also suspect that the sooner we get it put in Swiss it will be cheaper for insurance.
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Re: Driving Belgian car in Switzerland?Help!

Hi,

I'm living in Switzerland for 6 months now. I have the ability to take over my father's car (registered in belgium, on belgium plates).

Will it be the same procedure? Or will I have to pay VAT and Vehicle duty fees as the car is not on my name?

The car is older than 6 month, but it's not registered on my name.

A lot of thanks in advance!
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Hi,

I'm living in Switzerland for 6 months now. I have the ability to take over my father's car (registered in belgium, on belgium plates).

Will it be the same procedure? Or will I have to pay VAT and Vehicle duty fees as the car is not on my name?

The car is older than 6 month, but it's not registered on my name.

A lot of thanks in advance!
This question has been asked countless times on here, usually by Italians!!

You will be liable for both duty and VAT.
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This question has been asked countless times on here, usually by Italians!!

You will be liable for both duty and VAT.
Although I don't have any Italian roots, my apologies!
Anyways many thanks for the response!
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^^^^^ What he said.

It doesn't matter which country you're bringing it from if you haven't owned it for six months or more before importing it you have to pay the taxes and fees.
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