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Moving from the UK to Switzerland

Although Switzerland is not part of the EU, it is still part of the Schengen Area. Therefore, while it is simpler for someone from the UK to move to Switzerland versus a non-European, there are still important things to consider before relocating.

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If a UK national is preparing to move to Switzerland, there are necessary steps they will need to sort out first. For example, if a UK expat is living in Switzerland for less than three months, they can access the healthcare system with their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). However, if an expat plans on staying over this period, they will need to join the Swiss healthcare scheme.


If you are relocating to Switzerland from the UK, you must apply for a residence permit if you plan to stay longer than three months. If you are moving with pets, an EU pet passport will also be required. Pets coming from the UK will also need an Intra Trade Certificate and must be registered with TRACES, the EU Trade Control and Expert System.

Visas and Work Permits

If you are a UK national, you do not require a work permit to work in Switzerland legally. However, your employer will be responsible for registering your employment before you begin working. You will require a long-term stay visa if staying longer than three months to work. You will also need to register with the Residents Registration Office within two weeks of arrival for your residence permit.

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To rent in Switzerland, you will need to be a legal resident. Competition for housing in Switzerland is fierce, so you should be prepared with the right documentation. This may include a reference letter from your employer. Once you find an adequate dwelling, be prepared to sign a long lease contract, as this is the norm.

Whether it is finding an excellent school for your children, opening a bank account, or figuring out the tax system in Switzerland, there is plenty you will need to learn about when moving to this country. For example, expats may be eligible for certain tax deductions if they are in the country as highly skilled workers or executive employees.

Do you want to relocate? If you have never moved abroad, the process will be overwhelming, and if you have, you know the burden that lies ahead. Whatever stage you are at, InterNations GO! can help you with a complete set of relocation services, such as home finding, school search, visa solutions, and even pet relocation. Our expert expat team is ready to get your relocation going, so why not jump-start your move abroad and contact us today? Best to start early!

Updated on: August 08, 2019
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