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UK Car in CH

Hi there,

I am living in Basel with a Resident's Permit. A relative of ours who owns a UK registered car drove to see us in Basel at the beginning of this year. They were unable to take the car back for various reasons.

The car remains in Basel. It is registered in the relatives name. It has the correct insurance on this with them as the policy holder but myself as a named driver.

We had been planning on driving the car back but COVID happened - now this plan has been shelved and we wondered if we are in a position to use this car in Basel. Our understanding was that this could be done for 12 months from the time of point of entry.

However, I am unsure whether our status as residents using a UK registered car (with driver's permission, correct insurance work etc) is ok until we figure a plan to drive it back (perhaps up until the 12 months expires).

Does anyone have any experience/knowledge of this? Obviously if the car were in our own name it would need to be declared to customs etc. So wanted to check where we would stand when crossing the borders etc as we go about using it for shopping etc
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Re: UK Car in CH

First thing I'd do is check with the insurer. You are non-UK resident, I'd be surprised if this did not invalidate the insurance.
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Hi there,

I am living in Basel with a Resident's Permit. A relative of ours who owns a UK registered car drove to see us in Basel at the beginning of this year. They were unable to take the car back for various reasons.

The car remains in Basel. It is registered in the relatives name. It has the correct insurance on this with them as the policy holder but myself as a named driver.

We had been planning on driving the car back but COVID happened - now this plan has been shelved and we wondered if we are in a position to use this car in Basel. Our understanding was that this could be done for 12 months from the time of point of entry.

However, I am unsure whether our status as residents using a UK registered car (with driver's permission, correct insurance work etc) is ok until we figure a plan to drive it back (perhaps up until the 12 months expires).

Does anyone have any experience/knowledge of this? Obviously if the car were in our own name it would need to be declared to customs etc. So wanted to check where we would stand when crossing the borders etc as we go about using it for shopping etc
Hm, you do know that UK nationals have been able to return to the UK for weeks now. And since there's no longer a requirement to quarantine, just drive the car back and then a flight back to Switzerland or however you were planning to get back here.
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If they in the current situation catch you driving that car inside Switzerland they can force you to pay all the costs which would occur when importing the car legally and add a nice raise of 50% or more on top of that.

Exceptions (if possible) have to be arranged at the border with the car present. (and no, you are not allowed to drive it to the border)
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Old 13.07.2020, 17:33
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We had been planning on driving the car back but COVID happened - now this plan has been shelved and we wondered if we are in a position to use this car in Basel. Our understanding was that this could be done for 12 months from the time of point of entry.

However, I am unsure whether our status as residents using a UK registered car (with driver's permission, correct insurance work etc) is ok until we figure a plan to drive it back (perhaps up until the 12 months expires).
As long as you do not use the car you should be fine.

The 12 months only apply to tourist visiting (no formalities required, based on the Istanbul Convention on Temprorary Admission Of Goods, Annex C, strictly speaking it is only 6 months but the Swiss allow a longer usage).
In addition new Swiss residents can us a foreign mean of transport for up to 24 months tax and duty free, but only if they acquired form 15.30 when they crossed the border with the car.

You, an established Swiss resident could only use the car when the tourists which brought the car into Switzerland is also present OR it is for the direct use of said tourist. (Istanbul Convention on Temporary Admission, Annex C, Article 7.b )

It would be tax and duty fraud if you use the car for your own purposes w/o written consent (Form 15.30 or a Vormerkschein) from Swiss customs. See Art. 35 and 36 Zollverordnung https://www.admin.ch/opc/de/classifi...index.html#a35

As said tourists is no longer in the country even driving it from your home to the Swiss border might raise question if checked. Considering you live in Basel the most likely point where you could get checked is at the border itself.


Swiss Custom Administration is normally helpful. I would ask them, for a friend and hypothetically , what has to be done and if it is correct that driving the car from your home directly to the border is covered by the exemption of Annex C, Article 7.b of the Istanbul Convention and if any formalities have to be observed.
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Up to five times the evaded tax and duty. So a penalty of up to around 60% of the cars value.
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