Useful informations

If you are coming to Switzerland for the first time you may read some practical information.

Safety and insurance in Switzerland
Switzerland is a safe coutry to travel. Follow common rules such as watching out for your belongings in public places. Tap water is always drinkable. Vaccinations for infectious deseases are requested only if you visited an infected area within 14 days from your arrival to Switzerland. Personal and luggage travel insurance is reccomended.
Passport and permits
Every traveler is requested to show a valid passport or identity card depending on your nationality.
Tourists may stay in Switzerland for a period not longer then 3 months.
Currency
Currency is Swiss Franc, CHF. Coins are of 5, 10, 20, 50 cents and 1, 2, 5 francs; bills are of 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 1000 francs. Switzerland is not part of the EU but many shops display prices in euro and accept payment in euro, you will get change in swiss francs.
Importing exporting cash money
There are no limits on importing cash money; you can export to Italy no more then 10.500 Euro.
Shops
Shops are usually open from 8.30 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 18:30.
In bigger towns shops are open at lunch, on thursday shops are upen until 21:00. On saturday opening hours vary according to season.
Offices
Offices are usually open from 8.00 to 12.00 and from 14.00 to 17.00. Offices are closed on weekends.
Banks
Banks are usually open from 8.30 to 16:30, closed on saturday and sundays. You can exchange your money at train stations and at ATM.
Postal office in Lugano
postal offices are usually open from 8.00 to 18.30 al working days. You may find postal offices in shopping malls. Some offices are open on saturday from 8.30 to 12.00.
Tabac and alcohol
People over 18 years of age can export 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco. They can import: two liters of alcohol below 15% and one liter over 15%.
Other goods
Each person may import goods for a value of 300 CHF.
Pets rules
Dogs and cats can enter Switzerland without any permit as stated by their country of origin where rabies is not endemic and with a valid rabies vaccine certificate. Vaccine has to be done in the same year and at least 30 days before entering the country.