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Moving in with our personal items - border crossing

Helloo,
In a 3 weeks, we move to Switzerland to start working and living there ( we have a contract and a an appartement for rent). We will be moving with our car which his older 6 moths. I know, oficially, we are obligated to be controled as moving in at the borders, having an form filled in and having a list of our personal items older than 6 months..
My question is how is your personal experience: If all that really necessary? We would prefer to move in during a weekend when the offices wil be closed. What could possibly happened if I havent had that form stampled? We would cross the borders near Besancon or Le Locle. Do you know how this side of the Switzerland is controled during the weekend?

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Re: Moving in with our personal items - border crossing

https://www.ch.ch/en/swiss-customs/

Seems you can now do it digitally.

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...quickzoll.html

Check crossing opening times here:

http://www.pwebapps.ezv.admin.ch/apps/dst/?lang=4

https://www.ezv.admin.ch/ezv/en/home...itzerland.html

Remember you'll need to buy a vignette at the border if you're going to use the motorways so make sure you have CHF40 to pay for it.
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Re: Moving in with our personal items - border crossing

For all governmental questions, this official website is a good place to start: ch.ch. There's a direct connection to the customs office and their FAQ from there.
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Re: Moving in with our personal items - border crossing

Best border to go through is Ballaigues/near Vallorbe, about 15 mins from Pontarlier, then down to Yverdon.

It is permanently manned and you will have to stop to buy vignette. But for importing your personal stuff, you have to do it during working hours and week-days- it is not something the border guards do - but must go to the Office. If you don't do it, you will incur all sorts of problems with the car later- and if the border guards stop you and check the car- they won't let you through .

Just not worth the hassle. What numberplates do you have, UK, F, EU or non-EU? And your passports?

I live not far- it is the same for Le Locle. At night, there MIGHT not be anyone at the border, and you COULD get through- but then you will have tons of problems with registering the car, etc. Hours are 8-12.00 and 13-17.00 Monday to Friday. Throughout the night they patrol all the local roads and stop people in lay-bys, etc- they are allowed to do this up to 30KM from the border. If you get caught- they can get 'upset' and make life difficult.

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Re: Moving in with our personal items - border crossing

Thank you for nice helpful reply Odile.

Yes, from EU with our own car.

I have heard something about that form which might be needed later for car registration in a year. But, there is another question concerning that. The "moving in form" could be applicated during quite a long time ( up to 2 years). We are going to move inside Switzerland next year ( another contract another place:-). So maybe it would be easier to registrate the car in the " new" canton et though having the stample 3 weeks later may be an good idea? Both contracts starts in May, but we are moving one week in advance and it is sure we are then going for same items for the second time..

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