Moving and Removals to Switzerland
We do more and more removals to Switzerland. Is it because of its more relaxed lifestyle, its clean, fresh air? It’s difficult to pinpoint why moving to Switzerland could be right for you. An alpine nation which offers a high quality of life, Switzerland is a unique country with much to see and do. If you are planning on working in Switzerland, you’ll find many thriving industries and an abundance of jobs. For your leisure time, you’ll be spoilt for choice with dramatic peaks and glorious scenery wherever you turn.
To make moving to Switzerland a success, you’ll need to do your research first. Here are some of the critical facts that will help you get started!
You will also find extensive information on the JustLanded website; it is an excellent reference to prepare for your everyday life in Switzerland.
Removals to Switzerland: About Switzerland
Switzerland is not part of the EU. However, it has a very close relationship with the European Union. It is particularly welcoming to visitors, with around one in four Swiss residents arriving from overseas.
Pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, banking, insurance and microtechnology are just some of the stand-out fields in Switzerland. They attract top professionals from around the world.
Switzerland has a very spacious feel; 8.3 million residents share a panorama which includes famous snowy peaks as well as more than 1500 lakes. There are so many lakes in Switzerland that you are never more than 16km away from one!
Removals to Switzerland: Language
There are four official languages within Switzerland: German, Italian, French and Rumantsch. The primary language depends on whereabouts in the country you are.
Cities such as Zurich, Berne and Basel are more likely to speak German. In Geneva and Lausanne French is more commonplace while in Lugano, Italian is the language of choice. Rumantsch is the least common language of the four and is mainly heard in Chur.
English isn’t an official language of Switzerland. However, pupils learn it at school, and many people speak it. So much so that it is effectively the fifth Swiss language; If an Italian Swiss and a German Swiss meet, they are likely to use English to communicate.
You may want to know that not all the German spoken within Switzerland will be instantly recognisable. The reason is a dialect, Swiss German. It sounds very different from German and the official language on much documentation. Therefore, even if you can already speak German, do not assume you’ll be fine and consider taking some lessons to understand the differences in the dialect.
Removals to Switzerland: Healthcare
The healthcare system in Switzerland is very different from what you’ll find elsewhere in Europe.
There is no public, state-funded system and no liability for an employer to contribute to a healthcare scheme. Instead, the responsibility lies solely with the individual to obtain healthcare coverage. In general, you must arrange this within three months of arrival.
Every provider on the list must accept anyone who applies, regardless of any existing condition. Therefore no-one is left without a decent level of healthcare insurance. You can of course purchase an additional cover to enhance the package, but every provider must provide what Switzerland specifies as the minimum standard.
As you might expect, the healthcare standards in Switzerland are very high with some of the best facilities in the world. Even with healthcare cover individuals will have to pay a small proportion of any costs but are free to choose any doctor or hospital they want.
Removals to Switzerland: Transport
Like many other things about this affluent country, public transport is exemplary in Switzerland. Modern, clean and reliable, it is the preferred way to get around. However, it’s not cheap so buying a pass rather than paying each time is advisable. You may want to check the different passes on offer.
Trams, buses and trains cover the whole country. Wherever you go, public transport will provide excellent access which is why many people opt for this rather than a car. Switzerland is one of the most environmentally conscious countries on the planet and actively encourages its citizens to be green. In some towns and small areas, cars have been banned in an attempt to direct people to use more eco-friendly transport.
Despite its reputation, the whole country isn’t filled with snow and ice and if you are fit and healthy, cycling is another excellent alternative. The scenery is fantastic and there is an extensive network of cycling routes to help keep you safe while on the move.
Removals to Switzerland: Visa Requirements
Switzerland has a very robust attitude towards immigration, and any non-Swiss wishing to work in the country will need some kind of permit or visa.
EU citizens with a permanent work contract won’t need to apply for a visa, but will still need to obtain a work permit. They can apply for it after arrival and will typically take 2-4 weeks.
You will find essential links for British Expats in Switzerland on the UK Govt website
Any other nationals wishing to work in Switzerland will require a visa before arrival, and will also need the authorisation to work. Both of these documents will come from the Swiss Embassy in their country of origin. In some circumstances, they will also need to supply other documents, like their criminal record.
Removals to Switzerland: Moving to Switzerland
As Switzerland isn’t part of the EU, it can be more difficult to get everything organised for Customs clearance. You will need to make sure you have the proper permits for entry and that you’ve completed the proper paperwork for personal effects.
Like many countries, there are certain items which it is inadvisable to try and import. Most of these are fairly standard such as ammunition and firearms, plant materials, drugs, food (of any type), alcohol, tobacco and offensive material.
Your removals company will be able to provide you with more specialised advice and help about how to organise your effects for moving to Switzerland.
Whether you choose our Load and Go or our EasyMoves solution, European Moving can help you with your moving to Switzerland. We shall also provide advice on a whole range of moving issues you may not have considered before.