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border crossing car

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border crossing car

traveling by car into switz from france..what to expect? do you have to purchase a vignette..if so, where?

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1. Re: border crossing car

Schengen: you are free to move around. Goods (i.e. your luggage) can be controlled.

Vignette: if you enter Switzerland on a highway or if you use one, you must have the vignette. If not, you must buy one (about USD 40). They sell it at the border and in other places nearby the boarders.

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2. Re: border crossing car

There is usually nothing at the border but have your passports out and ready to present if it looks like someone is checking them. It would be really unusual to have them stop you to check your bags, etc. The vignette is available at various places as you approach the border (watch for signs) as well as at the border. It takes about 2 minutes to purchase and stick onto the windshield.

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3. Re: border crossing car

Cost is 40frs. you can pay the border post in Euros, CHF or with any major credit card.

Don't worry about having passports out. They are not interested in these! however they frequently stop people and ask if you have anything to declare. Unless you are importing something say no. And BTW many of the crossings are now unmanned. So you jsut drive through. Particularly true of the smaller roads around Geneva. However if you ARE importing something above your personal allowance you must stop and fill out a form that you will find there, keeping a copy for yourself. Put the form into the box provided. There are "flying patrols" of customs officers who can and do stop cars all over the place inside Switzerland. If you have whatever it is on you and are stopped you need to show them the form. In which case, no worries. If you have declarable goods and no form - big worries!!

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4. Re: border crossing car

Do I have to declare personal items such as Laptop, camcorders, etc?

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5. Re: border crossing car

>Do I have to declare personal items such as Laptop, camcorders, etc?

If you are not planning to sell them for profit, of course not.

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6. Re: border crossing car

Here a text from a pdf of the offical site www.ezv.admin.ch/zollinfo_privat/index.html…

Goods exempt from tax

The following goods in tourist traffic

may be imported free of customs duty

and VAT:

− Personal effects

These include personal effects,


– travellers living in Switzerland

take along when going abroad

or which they acquire due to

unforeseen circumstances and

have to use abroad;

– travellers who live abroad use

during their stay in Switzerland

and take back when they leave.

This includes clothing, underwear,

toilet articles, sports gear, photo

and film cameras, camcorders,

mobile phones, portable computers,

musical instruments, and

other articles of a personal nature.

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