A removal to Switzerland? The alpine country par excellence has an important pharmaceutical and food industry, financial services, etc… and where there is a large Spaniards community and Spaniards descendants residing. Switzerland does not belong to he EU, therefore moving to make an international export or import do Customs Clearance, which requires greater procedurization than an international moving to any other country from the UE.
The elegance and beauty of the cities of Switzerland do not go unnoticed and are the dream of many expatriates around the world attracted by the charms of this country. Added to this are the idyllic alpine landscapes with deep greens, lakes and nature in the middle of large commercial cities, headquarters of large luxury brands thanks to the legendary watch industry.
Switzerland has an extremely low level of crime and exceptional economic and political prosperity. It is not surprising that, along with Denmark, it is one of the countries with the best quality of life in the world. Switzerland is a country divided into three linguistic regions where French, Italian and German are spoken. There are indigenous Romanesque languages such as “Romansh” spoken by 60,000 people in some villages in the mountainous canton of Graubünden.
Practical information for an international removal to Switzerland
Switzerland has an important watch, pharmaceutical, food and financial services industry, and where an important community of Spaniards resides. Switzerland does not belong to the EU but respects the Schengen agreements, therefore to carry out an international removal for export or import, you must proceed with customs clearance, which requires more procedures than an international move to another community country.
The standard of living is quite high, which makes services to and from Switzerland more expensive to a certain extent. Before planning a removal to Switzerland, you must go to the Cantonal Population Office of your future residence to make the change of address with the necessary documents (DNI, two identity photos, documents that reflect your monthly salary in Spain and a justification of Swiss social security).
You must bear in mind that there are tariff formalities between Spain and Switzerland and it will be necessary to provide a double inventory of the goods you are going to transport and your Swiss residence permit.
In Grupo Amygo we take care of everything. It is a country with a high standard of living, which increases in certain way origin and/or destination services in Switzerland. Combined and Semi-combined services to Switzerland, are less regular than to other community countries although is not considera as a liked country or transit for other moves. More frequent are exclusive services, where only its transported clients move.
Additional information for settling in Switzerland
Switzerland is not part of the European Union but respects the Schengen agreements, and European citizens who decide to visit the country do not need a VISA, only an identity card or passport will suffice. But if it is an installation, you must apply for a residence permit with the authorities of the canton to which you plan to move. Spanish citizens who are in Switzerland can obtain one of the following residence permits:
- “L” permit (violet) short term: stays lasting less than one year
- Permit “C” (green) – establishment permit: uninterrupted stays of five years
On the website of the Federal Migration Office you can consult the addresses of the Cantonal Migration Offices and the Cantonal Employment Services. For more information, you can consult the website of the Spanish Embassy.
WHAT TO DO ON ARRIVAL?
The great reputation of Swiss banks is well known, and consequently it is easy to open an account in Switzerland. The required documentation is your identification card and proof of recent address. Some banks require a minimum permanent balance, so we advise you to inform yourself about the possible conditions.
With respect to telephony and internet, the main provider is Swisscom. Telephone communications to landlines and mobile phones as well as the internet connection are of great quality but are expensive compared to Spain and other European countries.
COST OF LIVING
Salaries may seem high, but the cost of living is also high, consequently it is one of the most expensive countries in Europe. Prices may vary in different cantons. The canton of Uri is the most affordable and that of Geneva the most expensive.
Switzerland owes its appeal to its dynamism and its low unemployment rate of only 4.3%, one of the lowest in Europe. The rising sectors are construction, public and social services and hospitality. The banking, energy, finance, real estate and transportation sectors are relatively stable.
Agriculture and commerce are revised downwards. In this encouraging employment scenario, expatriates usually find a job easily, the number of foreign workers in Switzerland continues to increase, mainly thanks to the bilateral agreement between Switzerland and the European Union that allows EU citizens to work freely in Switzerland.
An important aspect to take into account is that recent Swiss graduates are very well prepared with a high level of education and frequently completed with training abroad; the majority of Swiss people are fluent in several languages, unlike the majority of Spaniards. Although multinationals use English as their main working language, local languages such as French, Italian, Romansh or German will be privileged in the region in which you establish yourself.
Expatriates must register with Swiss social security within a maximum period of three months after their arrival or after starting a professional activity.
Thanks to the exceptional quality of public education, 95% of children are educated in public schools. The Swiss education system differs depending on the canton, for example, the German cantons have their own school system.
Expats are numerous in Switzerland, and most work in multinationals, the United Nations and CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva.
Switzerland is ranked 34th among the countries with the best quality of life in the world and is one of the favorite destinations for expatriates. If you are planning an international move to Switzerland, Grupo Amygo has international agreements with IAM (International Association of Movers) that guarantee us quality services for our clients in international mobility.
Services for your international removal to Switzerland
A removal to Switzerland will allow you to establish yourself in one of the most prosperous countries in the world, the country of the most important watch industry internationally and also one of the pioneering countries in the manufacture of chocolate.
Combined and semi-combined services to Switzerland, although they are made, are less frequent than to community countries since it is not considered a link or transit country for other moves. Exclusive services are more frequent, where only the client’s move is transported.
- EXCLUSIVE: Service where clients closes date of collection and delivery.
- SEMI-COMBINED: More economic than Exclusive service, in Semi-Combined service client closes collection or delivery date and adapts to Grupo Amygo routes with certain flexibility.
- COMBINED: It is the most economic service, where client adapts with flexibility in collection dates and delivery to Grupo Amygo routes.
- Unfolding furniture
- Packing furniture
- Packing content
- Custom packing for delicate objects and furniture
- Truck loading and stowage
- Transport of cars, motorbikes, etc…
- Door to door transport
- International insurance
- Long-short term storage
- Folding furniture
- Removal of excess packaging material
- Additional services under request: hanging frames, hanging and installing lamps, connection, cleaning, etc…
Amygo Group has a network of partners in Switzerland due to our membership in the IAM (International Association of Moving Companies) to facilitate the performance of the service from origin to destination. We carry out removals in Switzerland: Bern, Lausanne, Geneva, Zurich, Lugano, Luzern, Saint Gallen, Solothun, Zermatt.