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Old 27.07.2012, 13:56
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Re: Where to buy a Vignette in Zurich airport?

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Correct, it's exactly the same in the UK, written on DVLA's website very clearly & every other EU country.
Interesting as I usually drive my father's UK registered car when in the UK. I was put on as a named driver fully comp some 4 years ago. I drove it this week and I have not been resident in the UK for over 23 years...

I cannot see anywhere on the DVLA website that state this...

<edit> but I guess my father can't drive my Swiss car in the UK or me hiis in Switzerland??

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Old 27.07.2012, 14:21
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Re: Where to buy a Vignette in Zurich airport?

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That is interesting I did not know that about residents and foreign registered cars.

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

So theoretically if you had friends/ relatives come visit from another country, you would not be allowed to drive their car while they were here.
Interesting indeed...

But this rule seems to be flounted by a lot of peole.
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Re: Where to buy a Vignette in Zurich airport?

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To answer your questions, France has a tax free buy back program for originally Non EU Residents (which I am - I'm Indian) who only plan to live in Europe for a maximum of one year for students only. This only works if you are living in Europe and not earning any income - this works out for me because I'm a student there. Most European countries lets you rent the full one year - unfortunately Swtizerland being Switzerland only lets you rent 6 months. Some of these so called buy back programs are Renault Eurodrive, Peugeout Open Europe, etc.
Good try except you have to reside outside of EU countries (which you do - sort of) AND you have to reside less than 185 days in Europe (nothing to do with Switzerland).

So considering you are self-admittedly here for a one year stay you do not really qualify for the program.

Good luck with trying to explain how you cheated it when the time comes...
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Re: Where to buy a Vignette in Zurich airport?

I understand there is a post office in the zurich airport. Do you know if the vignette will be sold there?
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Re: Where to buy a Vignette in Zurich airport?

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Good try except you have to reside outside of EU countries (which you do - sort of) AND you have to reside less than 185 days in Europe (nothing to do with Switzerland).

So considering you are self-admittedly here for a one year stay you do not really qualify for the program.

Good luck with trying to explain how you cheated it when the time comes...
This is the link which I think should explain where I was made to believe what I know today. "Students, trainees, teachers journalists or employees undertaking a clearly identified assignment in Europe, whose usual country of residence is in the DOM-TOM or outside the European Community, may take advantage of a " TT " for a maximum of one year."
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Re: Where to buy a Vignette in Zurich airport?

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This is the link which I think should explain where I was made to believe what I know today. "Students, trainees, teachers journalists or employees undertaking a clearly identified assignment in Europe, whose usual country of residence is in the DOM-TOM or outside the European Community, may take advantage of a " TT " for a maximum of one year."
Sorry forgot to include the link: http://www.renault-eurodrive.com/en/...ormula-target/
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Old 27.07.2012, 15:13
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Re: Where to buy a Vignette in Zurich airport?

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The French have a tendency to say and write "Europe" when they actually mean "European Union" - of which Switzerland is not a member. Better get it in writing from them that as a resident of Switzerland you can avail yourself of that scheme, with a tax indemnity (good luck )
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The French have a tendency to say and write "Europe" when they actually mean "European Union" - of which Switzerland is not a member. Better get it in writing from them that as a resident of Switzerland you can avail yourself of that scheme, with a tax indemnity (good luck )
Actually I'd rather get it in writing from the Swiss customs ^^
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Old 27.07.2012, 16:27
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Actually I'd rather get it in writing from the Swiss customs ^^
I understand the rental company will bring it on a truck so possibly they will have handled Customs, or Customs will have handled them?
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Re: Where to buy a Vignette in Zurich airport?

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But this rule seems to be flounted by a lot of peole.
I wouldn´t try to ignore this rule.

I (resident in Switzerland) was driving a German rental car. I rented it for a week, and only spent 2 days in Switzerland.

I was stopped at the border, and when the guard saw "german numberplate" with "swiss resident driving" he mumbled something about "will have to check this in detail".

It took him a while and talking to several colleagues, to find that rental cars are exempted from this rule (I guess if not renting for longer than a specific period). After seeing in the rental contract that I rented it for a week, he reluctantly let me going mumbling "lucky you, that would´ve been a huge fine"... (actually sort-of an outrageous comment, but not my problem)

Summary: The rule exists, actually makes some sense, and the guards are on the lookout for this!

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I understand the rental company will bring it on a truck so possibly they will have handled Customs, or Customs will have handled them?
Yes and no... considering this is a program destined to temporary visitors to "Europe" (that's an imprecise definition) and the cars are registered as "temporary transit" in the EU and the car is "sold tax-free" within the EU Customs Zone which Switzerland is not part of...

According to the Swiss regulation students can keep a car registered in their main country of domicile for as long as they do not take permanent residence in Switzerland, and that doesn't really apply here as the "rental" car is registered in the EU not in the OP's country of domiclie.

So yes you can pick it up here... but considering it is not on Swiss temp plates I'd really check with Customs (as opposed to the rental company).
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Re: Where to buy a Vignette in Zurich airport?

Yes, the post office may have them as well. You could also ask at the car rental desk when you pick the car keys up to see if they have any. They might if they are doing this sort of rental to Switzerland fairly often. Check those first and if not then you have another chance at the petrol station. And it will only be valid until the end of January 2013 so you'll need to get another one in January to cover the remaining time of your stay. And note the police will be out in force checking for new vignettes on 1st February 2013.
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And note the police will be out in force checking for new vignettes on 1st February 2013.
They are indeed, and to avoid queues and crap you should know that the 2013-Vignette is valid from 01 December 2012. So why not get it early, and be done with it.
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i understand there is a post office in the zurich airport. Do you know if the vignette will be sold there?

they do...
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Re: Where to buy a Vignette in Zurich airport?

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Thank you all. SO this vignette is valid until Jan 31 2013 YES or 2014 NO ?
See here....
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To answer your questions, France has a tax free buy back program for originally Non EU Residents (which I am - I'm Indian) who only plan to live in Europe for a maximum of one year for students only. This only works if you are living in Europe and not earning any income - this works out for me because I'm a student there. Most European countries lets you rent the full one year - unfortunately Swtizerland being Switzerland only lets you rent 6 months. Some of these so called buy back programs are Renault Eurodrive, Peugeout Open Europe, etc.
I'm not at all sure you have fully understood the difference between Switzerland being in Europe, but not EU, so I am not sure you actually qualify for this scheme. I'd check with the Zoll 1st then lease company. However it still doesn't explain if it's on French plates how you will will drive it legally when you obtain your permit and become Swiss resident?

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