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Short term hello from the UK...

Hi guys, my first post here

I holidayed in Switzerland last year and loved it. Talking to a colleague it sounds like a great place to live and I have an itch to live somewhere else that I feel the need to scratch, so I'm considering working there for a little while, or maybe making it a more permanent move.

While I'm here I'm hoping to learn about the Swiss lifestyle, where to live and work, how best to integrate and the legalities of bringing cars over, especially if it may be temporary.

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Re: Short term hello from the UK...

Hi, welcome to the forum.
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Re: Short term hello from the UK...

Welcome to the forum.

Moving here may not be so easy in a few weeks' time if the UK leave the EU without a deal. Your status would likely change from being an EU national to a non-EU one which has much harder criteria for getting hired.
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Re: Short term hello from the UK...

Thanks guys.

@Medea, I know, I picked a bad time to be in a position to think about doing something like this! Never mind. I'll have to sit tight and see what happens for now
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Re: Short term hello from the UK...

Hiya

Don't bring your UK car over, PITA. Buy a cheap used one here or use public transport. Seriously.
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Re: Short term hello from the UK...

Thanks for the advice. Even temporarily, under six months? I like my car and it took me a while to find it, so I would be reluctant to sell it before trying Switzerland in case it doesn't work out
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Thanks for the advice. Even temporarily, under six months? I like my car and it took me a while to find it, so I would be reluctant to sell it before trying Switzerland in case it doesn't work out
Edit: Sorry, ignore the sarcastic eyes in my previous reply. I didn't want it and don't seem to be able to edit it and get rid!
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Re: Short term hello from the UK...

re bringing a UK car to Switzerland, use the Search option top right for various threads.


Note relevant UK Car Insurance will be extremely high.


Getting in and out of many car parks will be a nuisance, unless you expect to have a passenger in the other front seat.


If you wish to drive your car to Switzerland as a tourist for a few weeks, most insurance companies would have you covered, but check you have the relevant cover. You might need to carry extra piece of insurance paper 'Green Card'.
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Re: Short term hello from the UK...

Sorry, but I never understood the messages that people post making out bringing a car from the UK to be a horrible, disastrous experience, super expensive etc etc! Insurance can be found cheap. My nearly new Audi A3 insurance with 365 EU cover with Stuart Collins was 450pounds. Fully comp, fully covered etc... I'm 35! This is compared to 400 with a normal bog standard car insurance in the UK. Also, you have a year to fully register your car here, if you realise you don't want to then you drive to the UK and sell it. simple. Street parking is fine, the police recognise the car so you can register for blue zone street parking if your apartment doesn't have private parking and you can register on all car parking websites.

Up to a year, you will be fine, personally, I would look into Stuart Collins insurance and just drive over. it's a lovely drive, you will have more space to carry your personal items. You will be stopped at the border where you sign a form declaring you're importing the car and buy a vignette motorway pass. That's about all that happens for a year. I px my A3 for a newer Audi here, worked out a great deal.
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Re: Short term hello from the UK...

We brought our Swiss car to the UK for 2 years. Worked out fine. Cheap insurance was no problem. So I would say DO IT! I loved learning about the different cultures and traveling. I’m American married to a Swiss so if I can help in any way. Lmk ����
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None taken. Can you leave your car (SORN or otherwise) for 6 months til you get your head around CH? Again, depending on where you end up, you might not even need a car.

We found it to be the easier option, in fact we sold our car back to the same dealer we brought it from when we left the country. Obviously experiences differ. We just wanted an occasional family run around.

Ask your current insurer what your options might be. It might be a sharp intake of breath, it might be straightforward. Good luck on your adventure.
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