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Questions on Moving to Baar

Hi everybody!
Glad to see there's a forum here to help new comers get adjusted quickly to life in Switzerland. Look forward to interacting with everyone.

We're moving from the US to Baar, and have the basics worked out: home, school, transportation. But wanted to get your words of wisdom on a few other things:

1) For mobile/internet/TV providers, what has your experience been with either Swisscom or Databaar? Any advantages of using one over the other?

2) Are there any good places for dog boarding near Baar?

3) For health insurance, does it matter which provider you choose? There are so many providers to choose from.

Thanks!
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Old 08.03.2016, 22:22
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Re: Questions on Moving to Baar

1) Go with a big brand for the beginning, Sunrise and Swisscome both have English speaking customer service. You'll need it. I have sunrise in Baar and it works quite well, speed up to 50mb.

3) Go to comparis.com and enter your details. Search the forum, plenty of info there.

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2) Are there any good places for dog boarding near Baar?
Phone directory lists four Hundepensionen within 7km of Baar:

http://tel.local.ch/de/q?what=hundep...=baar&rid=_N6e
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2) Are there any good places for dog boarding near Baar?
Is your dog happy in a group setting, with a fair number of other dogs?

If so, VI Dogs in Morgarten ZG has a very good reputation. This is a Hundehort, not a kennel. The dogs live in the house with the owners, play in the purpose-built garden, as you can see from the photos on the website.

www.vidogs.ch

(Hey, is that EF's most famous Lab on the front page? )

While I do not use them (as mine are not good with unknown dogs), I met the owner Susan Olm at our Hundeschule. I was quite impressed with her commitment to her dogs, she is a true dog lover.

VI dogs is very popular. If you think this is something that would suit your needs, make an introductory appointment and arrange a trial stay soon, and certainly be sure to book well in advance of your travel.

And an FYI, as you are new to Switzerland:

You will have to do the SKN classes. (This is a federal requirement for all dog owners, more info on those can be found in the Pets Corner.) Susan is an SKN trainer, she would be a good resource for these as well. (Just in case you haven't come across this yet, there are several hoops you will need to jump through, so head over to the Pets Corner for further info...)

Susan speaks English, by the way.

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It is generally difficult to find good dog care in Switzerland, especially if your dog has 'special needs'. (There are a lot of bad apples here, unfortuantely. Due diligence is a must.)

Good care facilities and sitters often are fully booked out, and many people find they have to book a year in advance for the major holidays. So make finding appropriate dog care a top priority.

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Re: Questions on Moving to Baar

More info on the doggie side of things.

https://www.eda.admin.ch/missions/mi...nual-pets.html

http://www.veterinaireonline.com/expat/dogs.html

What breed is your dog? Docked ears or cropped tail? Check on this website for what you need to do to be able to bring your dog with you from the US.

http://www.blv.admin.ch/themen/04670...x.html?lang=en

Also check and double check when renting a property that you dog will be welcome, don't take it for granted that it will be the case. If possible get it written into your rental contract and expect to be asked to have additional insurance cover for any doggie damage that may occur. This is easily arranged by adding it to your personal liability insurance.

Now, US tax. Yes, that's right US tax, not Swiss tax. You'll have to pay that too of course, but US law requires Americans to file US returns no matter where they live in the world and you could owe the US tax on top of your Swiss ones. There is a double taxation treaty in place of course, but start your research here on your filing obligations.

https://www.irs.gov/Individuals/Inte...-Aliens-Abroad

You'll also need to sign a W-9 form to be able to open a bank account here, this allows the bank to pass your account info on to the IRS. And if any account/s comes to more than the aggregate figure of $10,000 at any time of the year you'll also need to file a FBAR form electronically giving details of the account/s and amounts held in them.

Health insurance - basic cover is standard and can't be refused because of pre-existing conditions. It's really a matter of whether you want a free choice of doctors/hospitals and extra supplemental things like a semi-private or private room if you do have to go into hospital. Comparis.ch gives you a lot of options and the site is in English so play around with it and see what might suit. You don't have to arrange cover straight away. You have up to 3 months from when you register as being resident here to arrange cover, but it will be backdated to your registration date so leaving it too long means a rather large first invoice for the back payments. The good news is, if you have to see a doctor after you register and you've had to pay their bill yourself you can claim that expense back once your backdated insurance is organised. There are several threads in the Health section of the forum about choosing a health insurancer provider so do a search for those.
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