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Moving to Zurich by car from Spain with lots of stuff

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My husband and I are moving to Zurich next week. For the moment we will be staying at a furnished apartment, so we will be driving our car from Spain and just taking some suitcase with clothes, documents, personal items, laptop, etc. Once we find a permanent apartment we will arrange moving our furniture from Madrid to Zurich.

My concern right now is that since we will enter the country by road, at the time we cross the border we will not be immigrants yet, as we will not apply for the B-permit until we get there (although we will be carrying all our documents with us). So I was wondering if we will experience some kind of custom control at the border. As for the car, I know we can be in Switzerland for up to 12 months before changing the plates to Swiss ones, and since the car is older than 6 years we won’t have to pay taxes. But as for the rest of the stuff we will be carrying (which includes food – no alcohol -, and medicines), will we have to declare then at the border?


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Hi all

My husband and I are moving to Zurich next week. For the moment we will be staying at a furnished apartment, so we will be driving our car from Spain and just taking some suitcase with clothes, documents, personal items, laptop, etc. Once we find a permanent apartment we will arrange moving our furniture from Madrid to Zurich.

My concern right now is that since we will enter the country by road, at the time we cross the border we will not be immigrants yet, as we will not apply for the B-permit until we get there (although we will be carrying all our documents with us). So I was wondering if we will experience some kind of custom control at the border. As for the car, I know we can be in Switzerland for up to 12 months before changing the plates to Swiss ones, and since the car is older than 6 years we won’t have to pay taxes. But as for the rest of the stuff we will be carrying (which includes food – no alcohol -, and medicines), will we have to declare then at the border?


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They will probably control you at the border. What kind of food are you bringing? You are not allowed to bring in more than .5 kilo of meat, you
must declare it.

I would advise not to bring food, if possible.
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Re: Moving to Zurich by car from Spain with lots of stuff

hi, you should go to http://www.eda.admin.ch/madrid and you will find all the information you need.

I have never being stoped at the border and I have spanish plattes. But, what it is a must is the "viñeta" sign. You have to buy it in the first gas station you find or even in the border.

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I arrived from the UK, car stuffed to the brim much like yours will be. I had my contract, and details of accommodation at hand. They stopped me and waved me to an office to get my Vignette. On the way out of the vignette office He asked me if all the stuff was mine, I said yes and he waived me on.

Hope it is as easy for you...
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Re: Moving to Zurich by car from Spain with lots of stuff

Food is ok within a limit. All the rest will be fine as it is your personal belongings.
I did a similar move but with a big big van from germany and they did not check anything (but they can, so keep the legal limits). I did not have a resident permit by then.
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Thanks to all of you for your comments. Makes me feel better!
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Re: Moving to Zurich by car from Spain with lots of stuff

Your personal belongings should be okay as you have all your documents etc.
I would check out the limits for food though as you can bring in only limited amounts any time you cross the border even when you are resident here.
In fact I wouldn't bother bringing any at all, not really worth the hassle until you know what you will really need. The joy of travel is in discovering new tastes, sights and sounds!
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Your personal belongings should be okay as you have all your documents etc.
I would check out the limits for food though as you can bring in only limited amounts any time you cross the border even when you are resident here.
In fact I wouldn't bother bringing any at all, not really worth the hassle until you know what you will really need. The joy of travel is in discovering new tastes, sights and sounds!
Yes, bother! do it if you can! A friend did it and told me she was fine in the customs....but I did not do it myself. A "Pata de jamon serrano" will be ok if doesn't excess 5 kg for person travelling.
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Yes, bother! do it if you can! A friend did it and told me she was fine in the customs....but I did not do it myself. A "Pata de jamon serrano" will be ok if doesn't excess 5 kg for person travelling.
I would really, really double check the 5kg thing. If you get caught, the fines are steep.
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Re: Moving to Zurich by car from Spain with lots of stuff

This is all I found

http://geneva.angloinfo.com/information/11/imports.asp

From here (I do not know if the latest update) Jamón will be 3.5kg by person.

You and your husband can bring a nice 7kg leg....yumi yumi!!
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Re: Moving to Zurich by car from Spain with lots of stuff

this is the official

http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en

I do not know if for example in this case the Jamón is 8 kg in place than the limit of 7 allowed. You have to pay 13CHF per kilo out of the limit of 13 of the total weight?

13 vs 104?
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Yes, bother! do it if you can! A friend did it and told me she was fine in the customs....but I did not do it myself. A "Pata de jamon serrano" will be ok if doesn't excess 5 kg for person travelling.

Hahahaha!!! Thanks to all. I was more concerned about our belongings than rather about the food, as we will be taking just a few things for the first day or two. We'll have too many things to do upon arrival to spend a lot of time grocery shopping and investigating new products.

However limitations about meat and specially jamón are good to know in advance. I'm planing to ask all my relatives who come visit to bring some for us!
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