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Driving personal effects to Switzerland

I am moving to Switzerland at the beginning of August and 2 friends have volunteered to hire a van to drive over my personal effects (bed, sofa bed, clothes, kitchen equipment etc- all older than 6 months old)
Does anybody know whether I have to register as resident in Switzerland BEFORE they set off? I can provide them with a copy of my passport, my tenancy contract, my work contract and the customs form 18.44 but I am only arriving on 1st August (bank holiday) and teh van will be arriving on the 2nd. Will they be allowed into the country with my possessions?!
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Re: Driving personal effects to Switzerland

I did almost the same thing 2 years ago... except I travelled to Switzerland by van with my personal effects.

I didn't have to register as a resident of Switzerland beforehand, we just turned up at the border, found customs and went in, showed the paperwork and said that I was moving to Switzerland and wanted customs clearance. So that answers your question about if you need to register.

However, I don't know how the fact that you will not be with your possessions affects this process. How will customs know that your friends are 'legitimate'?

If I were you, I'd contact the border control your friends are planning on going through to discuss this.

Incidentally, it is recommended that you go for a 'major' border control when doing this, or, if this is not possible, to contact the border control ahead of time to ensure they are prepared for you.
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Re: Driving personal effects to Switzerland

Maybe they can say they are just passing through on the way to Italy...
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Re: Driving personal effects to Switzerland

Thanks for the useful advice.
Hopefully the fact that my friends will have copies of my passport, employment contract, tenancy agreement etc willl show they are legitimate!
I'll try to contact border control. Do you have a website I can reference? This one has proved quite useful but didn't give me the answer to my specific question
http://www.ch.ch/private/00093/00101...x.html?lang=en
Thanks again
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Thanks for the useful advice.
Hopefully the fact that my friends will have copies of my passport, employment contract, tenancy agreement etc willl show they are legitimate!
I'll try to contact border control. Do you have a website I can reference? This one has proved quite useful but didn't give me the answer to my specific question
http://www.ch.ch/private/00093/00101...x.html?lang=en
Thanks again
Any chance you could meet your friends at the border? It could save a lot of problems.
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Re: Driving personal effects to Switzerland

You should be fine as long as they have the papers
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I am moving to Switzerland at the beginning of August and 2 friends have volunteered to hire a van to drive over my personal effects (bed, sofa bed, clothes, kitchen equipment etc- all older than 6 months old)
Does anybody know whether I have to register as resident in Switzerland BEFORE they set off? I can provide them with a copy of my passport, my tenancy contract, my work contract and the customs form 18.44 but I am only arriving on 1st August (bank holiday) and teh van will be arriving on the 2nd. Will they be allowed into the country with my possessions?!
Thanks for your advice
Read the official instructions on the state website.
http://www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_pri...x.html?lang=en
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Re: Driving personal effects to Switzerland

Thanks everyone, turns out that offer to drive my stuff was too good to be true. Am going to have to use a removals company, who claim it takes 21 days to drive my stuff. Hmmmm!
All good tips though, thanks!
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