Thompson & Son Removals

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Swiss Removals


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Specialist in removals to Switzerland

Moving from UK to Switzerland with Thompson & Son - The European Specialist

At Thompson & Son Removals, we understand that moving to Switzerland requires more than just a removals company; it necessitates a partner with specialised local knowledge and experience to help you transition from your former hometown to your new home in Switzerland. Given Switzerland’s unique position as a non-EU/EEA member yet part of the single market, we are keenly aware of the bilateral agreements that allow Swiss nationals the same rights to live and work in the UK as other EEA nationals. But what does this mean for UK citizens looking to move to Switzerland?

As a family-owned business with over 60 years of experience in the removals industry, Thompson & Son takes great pride in offering a warm, personalised, and professional service designed to alleviate the stress of moving. We understand that each move is unique, which is why we tailor our services to meet your specific needs. Whether you’re transporting a few boxes or an entire household, our dedicated team of experts will ensure that your belongings are handled with the utmost care and arrive safely at your new home in Switzerland.

Before commencing your move to Switzerland, it is crucial to assess the items you plan to transport. At Thompson & Son, we provide both in-person and video surveys to give you an accurate quote for your move. Our experienced surveyors will either visit your home or connect with you via video call to evaluate the volume of your belongings, identify any special requirements, and discuss your preferred moving date.

During the survey, we will determine and discuss your packing needs, whether you wish for us to manage the entire process or if you prefer to pack some items yourself. Our team of highly trained packers uses the finest materials and techniques to ensure that your belongings are protected during transit. We also offer custom crating for fragile or high-value items, giving you peace of mind knowing your possessions are in secure hands.

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Navigating the paperwork and customs requirements is one of the most daunting aspects of moving from the UK to Switzerland. At Thompson & Son, our knowledgeable staff will guide you through this process, ensuring that all necessary documentation is completed accurately and promptly. As your trusted partner for Switzerland removals, we will help you navigate through the complexities of international moving regulations, allowing you to focus on settling into your new home.

With the growing number of British citizens living abroad, if you’ve decided to join their ranks by moving to Switzerland, let Thompson & Son be your choice for a seamless and efficient moving experience.

Storage Solutions

Sometimes, life doesn’t go according to plan, and you may need to store your belongings temporarily before or after your move. Thompson & Son offers flexible storage solutions, including storage in transit, to accommodate your needs. Our secure, climate-controlled facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art security systems, ensuring that your possessions are safe and well-protected until you’re ready to receive them.

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Direct and Groupage options

When moving to Switzerland with Thompson & Son, you have two convenient options to choose from, depending on your specific needs and budget: Direct move and Groupage-shared move.

Direct-Shared Move

Direct move

Direct transportation is often the go-to option for a variety of reasons; it could be because your consignment isn’t large enough to fill a full house, or perhaps you’re not pressed for time regarding delivery. These shipments are combined with other customers’ belongings, reflected in the more economical pricing. The Groupage-Shared Move presents a cost-effective solution for those flexible with their moving timeline and aiming to save on their relocation costs. This method allows you to enjoy the same high-quality service and expertise we offer, whilst also providing a more budget-friendly alternative.

Groupage (Shared) move

For those seeking a more affordable option for moving to Switzerland, our Groupage Shipping service stands out as an exemplary choice. Ideal for clients whose consignment doesn’t require the space of an entire moving truck or for those who are flexible about when their goods are delivered, Groupage Shipping amalgamates your belongings with those of other customers moving to the same destination. This collective method enables us to lower costs by spreading the transportation expenses among several clients, making it an attractive option for your Switzerland removals.

Groupage-Shared Move

Preparing The Necessary Paperwork for Moving to Switzerland

Moving to a new country demands thorough preparation of paperwork and a deep understanding of the regulations, particularly for UK citizens in the post-Brexit landscape. If you’re considering a move to Switzerland, it’s essential to familiarise yourself with the specific documentation and processes involved. Here’s a detailed guide to what you might need for a smooth transition to Switzerland:

  • Passport and Visas: Make sure your passport is valid for an extended period beyond your planned stay in Switzerland. As Switzerland is not an EU or EEA member but is part of the Schengen Area, UK citizens can stay visa-free for up to 90 days within any 180-day period for tourism or business. For longer stays, you’ll need to apply for a residence permit.
  • Work Permit: If you’re moving to Switzerland for work, you will likely need a work permit. Switzerland has a dual system for allowing foreigners to work; the number of permits issued to non-EU nationals is limited. Your employer in Switzerland will typically handle the application process for your work permit.
  • Residence Permit: If you plan to stay in Switzerland for more than 90 days, you must register with the cantonal migration offices and apply for a residence permit. There are different types of permits, depending on your employment status and the duration of your stay.
  • Health Insurance: Switzerland requires all residents to have health insurance within three months of taking up residence or starting work. You can choose from a range of Swiss health insurance providers. Your EHIC card will cover you for the first few months, but then you will need to switch to a Swiss health insurance plan.
  • Driving Licence: Your UK driving licence is valid in Switzerland for up to 12 months. If you plan to stay longer, you’ll need to exchange it for a Swiss driving licence. This process doesn’t typically require a test, but you must apply for the exchange before your first year of residence ends.
  • Customs Declarations: When moving your personal belongings to Switzerland, you’ll need to complete a customs declaration. This is especially important for items shipped from outside the Schengen Area. Thompson & Son will handle all the necessary customs paperwork for the items we transport, ensuring a smooth transition.
  • Financial Documentation: You might need to provide bank statements and proof of income for various administrative procedures in Switzerland, such as renting a property.
  • Tax Obligations: Inform HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) about your move and understand your new tax obligations in Switzerland. Switzerland taxes individuals based on their residency status, and you may be liable for taxes on your worldwide income.
  • Official Documents: Certain procedures, like applying for a residence permit, may require your birth and marriage certificates. Consider having these documents translated into one of Switzerland’s official languages (German, French, Italian, or Romansh) if necessary.
  • Pet Relocation: To bring pets into Switzerland, ensure they have a microchip, a valid rabies vaccination, and an EU pet passport or an animal health certificate for pets coming from outside the EU. There are specific entry requirements and documentation you must follow to ensure your pet’s smooth relocation.
  • Thompson & Son is here to guide you through each step of your move to Switzerland, making the process as seamless and stress-free as possible.

Visas For Switzerland

If you’re planning to move to Switzerland from the UK, particularly with post-Brexit regulations in mind, it’s essential to understand the visa and residence permit requirements that may apply based on the duration and purpose of your visit. Here’s a specific breakdown tailored for those looking to relocate to Switzerland:

For Stays Up to 90 Days 

For short-term visits up to 90 days within any 180-day period, UK nationals do not require a visa for tourist, family visits, or business trips. This is due to agreements between Switzerland (as part of the Schengen Area) and the UK, making temporary stays for UK citizens relatively straightforward.

For Longer Stays or Residency 

If you’re planning to live, work, or study in Switzerland for more than 90 days, you will need to apply for a residence permit. Switzerland is not a member of the EU or EEA but has agreements that allow for the movement of people between the country and the EU.

Types of Permits for Long-term Stay

  • Work Permit: To work in Switzerland, UK nationals will generally require a job offer from a Swiss employer who can then apply for a work permit on your behalf. Switzerland applies quotas to long-term residence permits for nationals from third countries, including the UK post-Brexit.
  • Student Permit: For academic pursuits lasting more than 90 days, securing admission to a Swiss educational institution is necessary before you can apply for a residence permit.
  • Family Reunion Permit: If you’re joining a family member who is a resident or citizen of Switzerland, you may be eligible for a family reunion permit.

Application Process

  1. Initiate Your Application: Apply for a residence permit through the cantonal migration offices in Switzerland before you arrive. For some permits, like student permits, you might be able to apply from Switzerland.
  2. Documentation: You’ll need to compile necessary documents, which typically include proof of employment or enrolment in educational institutions, proof of accommodation, financial means, health insurance, and a valid passport.
  3. Consideration Period: The processing time for permits can vary, so it’s recommended to apply well in advance of your planned move.

Post-Brexit Considerations 

Brexit has significantly changed the process for UK nationals moving to Switzerland, reclassifying them as third-country nationals. This change means that moving to Switzerland now involves a process more akin to that for nationals from countries outside the EU/EEA. Keeping abreast of the latest information from official sources, such as the Swiss State Secretariat for Migration (SEM), is crucial, as immigration policies may evolve.

For individuals with particular needs or seeking detailed advice on their move to Switzerland, consulting with an immigration lawyer or a relocation specialist is highly recommended for personalised guidance and support.

Why Choose Us for Moving to Switzerland?

As a Switzerland Moving Company Specialist, Thompson & Son offers numerous reasons to choose us for your European move:

  1. Over 60 years of experience in the removals industry
  2. Family-owned business providing warm, personalised service
  3. Tailored solutions to meet your specific needs and budget
  4. Highly trained and professional packing team
  5. Assistance with paperwork and customs requirements
  6. Secure, climate-controlled storage facilities
  7. Direct-shared and Groupage-shared moving options
  8. Free, no-obligation quotes

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Moving to Switzerland doesn’t have to be a daunting experience. With Thompson & Son, you can enjoy a smooth and stress-free relocation, knowing that your belongings are in safe hands. Whether you opt for our Direct or Groupage-shared services, our experienced team is committed to providing exceptional service and support throughout your move. Contact us today to discuss your requirements and let Thompson & Son take care of the rest.