What you need to know when going to Switzerland.
Time in Switzerland lags behind Moscow for two hours.
Without a duty, you can bring in Switzerland: personal items: clothes, underwear, toiletries, photo and movie cameras, musical instruments, sports equipment, laptops; alcohol: one liter of strong drinks plus two liters of strength below 15%, or one liter stronger than 15%; tobacco products: 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, or 250 g of tobacco; gifts: up to 200 Swiss francs. francs; food: for one day.
If you enter Switzerland from a European country, the amount of tobacco allowed to import is reduced by half. Tobacco and alcohol products can be imported only by persons over 17 years of age.
Similar restrictions apply also to the goods listed above, bought in duty-free shops. The goods listed above, imported in quantities exceeding these standards, are subject to a duty. Customs duties are imposed on fresh meat over 1.5 kg, sausages, smoked products over 1 kg, poultry meat more than 2 kg. Meat products must be declared. When returning from Switzerland, there are no restrictions on the export of goods. Restrictions on import / export of currency are absent.
To import into Switzerland are prohibited: weapons, drugs, fake branded products in an amount exceeding personal needs. It is forbidden to import more than 0.5 kg of butter. It is forbidden to import works of art, antiquities, icons without proper permission. According to the customs regulations, antiques are products whose age exceeds 100 years, therefore, when importing antiques, it is recommended to have a certificate indicating the age of antiquities. It is forbidden to import hides and products from cheetah, crocodile, lion, jaguar, leopard, tiger, lizards.
Duty-free allowed to import things intended solely for personal use. This provision provides that things will be exported back, that is, they should not be intended for exchange, sale and other commercial purposes.
The Swiss VAT refund system works for those whose permanent place of residence is outside the Swiss Confederation. VAT is 7.6% and its rate is already included in the cost of goods and services.
How do I get a refund? make purchases in the amount of at least 400 Swiss francs (including VAT) to ask the store to check the Global Refund Cheque to take out the goods from the country not later than thirty days after their purchase when leaving Switzerland to present customs officers a check and goods to stamp the stamp: immediately get cash at the Global Refund office at the airport, transfer funds to the specified credit card or bank account, bank check or, for some countries, get cash upon return home. If you are going to hand over the items you need to refund the VAT to your luggage, show the Global Refund check when you check in for the flight and follow the instructions of the airport staff.
Police: 117 Fire brigade: 118 Ambulance: 144 Emergency assistance on the roads: 140 Helicopter rescue service Rega: 1414 Time service: 161 Weather forecast: 162 Information on the traffic situation: 163 Avalanche message: 187 National reference: 111 International operator service: 1141 Automatic alarm clock: 150 Talking clock: 161 Local information: 1600.
On numbers 117, 118 and 144 from pay phones you can call for free. Coins for dialing these numbers are not required.
Call to numbers 140 and 1414 costs 20 cents per call regardless of the duration of the call.
Call to number 161 and 187 costs 50 cents per call, and for 162 and 163 - 50 cents per minute of conversation.
Opening hours of offices, banks, post office and shops Offices: Monday-Friday: 8: 00- 12:00, 14: 00-17: 00, closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
Banks: Monday-Friday: 8: 30-16: 30, closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Once a week the bank can work on an extended schedule (until 18.00).
Post offices: Monday to Friday: 8: 30-18: 30, Saturday: 7: 30-11: 00, closed on Sundays and public holidays.
Shops: Monday-Friday: 9: 00-19: 00 (one day a week shops are open until 20:00, check in place), Saturday: 9: 00-17: 00, closed on Sundays and public holidays (except for those , that in airports, train stations and in places of rest along the highway). Some shops (usually in small towns and villages) are closed on Mondays. Opening hours can be different in different places.
Travel by car The state of the Swiss roads is excellent both in summer and in winter. All green road signs denote freeways (maximum speed is 120 km / h, unless otherwise specified); blue - main roads (top speed outside the city - 80 km / h, in the city -50 km / h, unless otherwise specified); white - rural roads. Cross Switzerland from the border to the border on the big roads can be in 3-5 hours.
Seat belts are mandatory for the front and rear seats. In the mountain resort towns of Braunwald, Murren, Wengen and Zermatt by private vehicles can not get. Park near the railway station or the station of sky trams and complete the trip by public transport.
The national currency of Switzerland is the Swiss franc (CHF), which contains 100 centimes. In circulation there are coins of denomination of 5, 10, 20, 50 centimes and 1, 2 and 5 francs, banknotes of 10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 Swiss francs. You can exchange currency at the exchange offices of banks, as well as at airports, railway stations, in most hotels, in stores. When exchanging money or cashing checks, the commission is usually not taken. Credit cards of major payment systems are accepted in almost all establishments.
In Switzerland, tips and payment for services are regulated by law and automatically included in all hotel and restaurant accounts, as well as in taxi bills. For special services (for example, carry-over of luggage) small tips (2 CHF) are supposed. In theaters and gas stations, the tip is not accepted. Additional Information:
Cafes and restaurants.
Study the checks carefully. The maintenance fee is usually included in the bill - 10%. If not, then it is customary to give a tip in the amount of this amount, not more. And only after they bring change.
Leaving the hotel, you can leave in the room 10 francs ($ 5,8) as a sign of special gratitude for cordiality.