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Moving to Switzerland

Moving to Switzerland?

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In recent years Switzerland has become one of Europe’s most popular countries to emigrate to. Whether you’re looking for a quaint getaway on the shores of Switzerland’s plentiful lakeside towns or would rather immerse yourself in the multicultural metropolis of Geneva. This tiny country hidden in the alps isn’t just breathtakingly beautiful it is also among world’s leading countries when it comes to quality of life. It comes as no surprise that Switzerland with its exorbitantly high wages and an unlimited supply of fresh mountain air remains at the top of the list of countries to move to. 

Moving to Switzerland does come with its own set of obstacles. There are several things you must consider before packing up your things and shipping them off to Switzerland. This wonderful alpine country has long held its independence which also means it is not part of the European Union. This means you will have to apply for a work permit and residence. It is also wise to thoroughly research the housing market in Switzerland and to get to know local customs. The purpose of this article is to provide you with all the right tools to make your move to Switzerland go smoothly.

De Haan will handle your move to Switzerland

Longing for scrumptious cheese fondue and a hot chocolate after a day of skiing on endless white slopes? Then you need to consider partnering with an internationally renowned moving company. De Haan will support you every step of the way to make sure you can get settled in your new home country asap.

Moving to Switzerland is a completely different ballgame from what you might be acquainted with back home. You’re venturing into uncharted territory. Maybe you’re able to articulate yourself with a few words of French, German, or Italian but are not entirely confident you’ll be able to navigate Switzerland’s tedious laws and customs requirements. Having de Haan by your side will alleviate these worries and you’ll be able to focus on the wonderful life in Switzerland ahead of you.

No fuss at customs with de Haan

At de Haan we pride ourselves at being to navigate the global customs authorities and are fully licensed under the AEO (Authorized Economic Operator) program. De Haan employs several specialized international moving coordinators who can handle all the customs paperwork for you. Moving to Switzerland becomes a walk in the park with the help of de Haan. We also partner with a liaison on the ground who assists us with the Swiss customs formalities. We will walk you through the entire process to make sure you have gathered all the required documentation and won’t encounter any last-minute hindrances.

Moving to Switzerland with the One-group

Moving to Switzerland couldn’t be easier with de Haan. We have partnered with Europe’s one-group to provide you with a multitude of moving options. This allows us to provide you with same excellent service at a reduced rate. You can load your household effects at home or drop them off at our storage depot. This considerably reduces the cost. Depending on your timeframe and desired move date we can schedule when and where your possessions are to be dropped off. In the meantime, they are stored securely in one of our facilities.

Required documents for your move to Switzerland 

Switzerland is not an EU member state. Before the moving truck departs to Switzerland with your beloved household items to be imported, we kindly ask you to provide the following four documents so that we can clear them through customs on your behalf:

  • Copy of your passport
  • Copy of your residency permit (Aufenthaltsbewilligung)
  • Customs form 18.44 with your signature
  • Copy of your rental agreement or mortgage paperwork
  • Detailed inventory in English (our movers will do this for you)

Customs may require additional documents, such as an employment contract, confirmation of departure from the country of departure/registration confirmation from the commune of residence, etc., to examine the right to exemption from paying duties.

Conditions for importing your belongings to Switzerland 

  • Household effects may be imported tax free if they have been in your possession for at least 6 months.
  • Your possessions must be imported within 24 months after arrival to be tax exempt.
  • If the required customs paperwork is not available, you may still import them with a temporary customs clearance at extra costs. 

Would you:

  • Entrust your move to Switzerland to a renowned international moving company with years of experience navigating your new home country?
  • Allow an international customs specialist to take the load of and handle your immigration paperwork?
  • Want to be sure your immigration to Switzerland runs smoothly?
  • Want to be certain you are being taken care of by a moving partner who caters to the upper class.
  • Allow a secondary party to make sure all your wishes are met?
  • Make the move to Switzerland with the full support of de Haan international movers? 

Did you answer yes to any of these questions? Contact our experts today.  


Your international moving partner

De Haan has been your go-to international moving specialist since 1777. We assist with moves and emigrations across the globe. Like any true family company our customer is our highest priority. We offer customized moves of only the highest quality.

We do not offer the cheapest solution in the business, but we do offer the most reliable. Our team of highly motivated professionals will assist you every step of the way. Each of them has proven quality assurance skills and a passion for the work that gets passed down through the generations. This, in combination with our international partnerships, allows us to help you move all over the globe.

Moving to Switzerland without a hitch

Want to feel right at home in Switzerland? De Haan’s dedicated team of professionals will assist you every step of the way. We have helped over 547,000 adventurers move to the most unique places on earth, and now we are ready to help you.

Our dedicated team of professionals and extensive partner network in Switzerland will get you on your way. We assist with international moves to and from Switzerland, Belgium, and the Netherlands, in addition to local and cross continental moves. Our services include:

  • Trucks with air suspension
  • Ladder lifts
  • Sustainable packaging material
  • Moving your household effects
  • Getting your new home set up
  • Moves to and from the Netherlands

What are the costs involved with moving to Switzerland?

You might be asking yourself how much the move to Switzerland will cost you. De Haan treats every case individually since every move is different. Our aim is to provide you with only the highest quality of service. When putting together a quote we look the size of the emigration, loading location, final destination, and any personal requests you might have to alleviate you from the burden of moving.

You can request a customized quote or simply an indication of the cost to get a better idea what it takes to move to Switzerland hassle free. One of our specialized moving advisors would be more than happy to sit down with you and discuss your upcoming move to Switzerland.

Emigrating to beautiful Switzerland

You are not the first person to decide to make the move to Switzerland. It is among the most popular holiday destinations and every season comes with its own perks. With its four national languages and cultures you will find one that matches yours. You will find plenty of activities to partake in with your family depending on the season, like skiing and mountaineering. Live in this central European country is one that many aspire to. When you have decided to emigrate to Switzerland, you’ll be able to experience the pure bliss of the changing seasons, mountains mirrored in lakes, a rich history, and of course true Swiss cuisine, like the traditional meat on a sword.

Things to keep in mind when moving to Switzerland

You might be looking to spend your latter years surrounded by the wealth of history and culture in Zurich. Or perhaps you are looking to further your career in Geneva. While you are looking for a professional international moving company to assist you on your journey to Switzerland, you might also want to take the following into account: 

  • Work in Switzerland. Switzerland only grants a limited amount of work visas to foreigners each year. This does not apply to EU citizens. Switzerland is not a member of the European Union but is a member of the EFTA, a treaty that allows for freedom of movement and work.
  • Your car. Are you thinking of moving your car to Switzerland? This article will tell you everything you need to know in regard to moving your personal vehicle.
  • National holidays and culture. Switzerland has a large amount of both national and local holidays. It is wise to add them to your calendar as most companies and institutions will be closed on those days. There are also many cultural differences. It is important to do your due diligence and get to know as much as you can about the Swiss culture.
  • Finding a home in Switzerland. As little as 42% of Swiss people own their own home. Compared to the European average of 70% this is not much. There are plenty of houses on the market both for sale and for rent, and if you’re lucky you might find a Chateau or two.
  • The Swiss language. Switzerland is home to four languages that are native to their specific ‘canton’. These languages are German, French, Italian, and Roman. Take care though because these languages are spoken in dialect which means it is almost impossible to understand without some serious practice. Thankfully a large portion of the population speaks fluent English, especially among youths, and Swiss people are very friendly and always willing to help.

You can find more practical tips about moving internationally on this page.

Moving your household effects to Switzerland

When you have decided which city in Switzerland you would like to move to it is time to start planning for the big move. Do you want the move to happen without a hitch? De Haan will take care of the entire journey for you. Our moving company is internationally renowned, and we will make your move to Switzerland go as smoothly as can be. This way you can sit back and be certain that all your precious possessions and valuables are well taken care of and will be waiting for you when you arrive in your new home country.

As soon as your household effects have arrived you can start unpacking and you’ll feel right at home in Switzerland with all your precious memories surrounding you.

Hugo van Bastelaere

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May 03 2024

Overall, good. I am pleased with De Haan Relocation's services.


Moving to Switzerland,
from Netherlands

May 01 2024

Smoothly arranged relocation from the Netherlands to Switzerland!


Moving to Switzerland,
from Netherlands

April 10 2024

Nothing but praise. Emails and phone calls were short and efficient. Great! Friendly and knowledgeable movers. They managed to get the table to the attic without any problems through the staircase. I believe De Haan rightfully has a very good reputation in the moving business. I hope not to have to move again in 10 years, but IF it happens, I'll call De Haan


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