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Moving to Switzerland

At Abels we have a plethora of knowledge about moving overseas, this includes moving abroad to Switzerland. Our long-standing history allows us to provide you with a stress-free environment when moving abroad.

Abels Moving Services can provide you with a Free Moving Quote, along with good advice on removal options available to you for moving to Switzerland.

Abels Moving Services has been providing professional and discrete packing and European road removal services for discerning families and professionals relocating to Switzerland for over 50 years. If you’re moving to Switzerland from the UK, Abels are the ideal choice to get you from door to door.

Living in Switzerland

Whether you are moving to Switzerland with English, German, French and Italian as your first language you are guaranteed a warm welcome in this scenic, multilingual country. Switzerland is a landlocked country in central Europe and borders 5 other European countries. When moving to Switzerland you will find it has borders with France to the west, Germany to the north, Liechtenstein and Austria to the east and Italy to the south.

Those moving to Switzerland will find it covers an area of around 15,940 square miles, making its size around half the size of Austria, and a sixth the size of the UK. Switzerland has a small population of around 7.7 million people with nearly 372,047 inhabitants in its largest city of Zurich. The population density is 30% lower than that of the UK.

The main exports from Switzerland are machinery and electronics, chemicals, precision instruments and watches. There are many related industries that support these key industries and provide job opportunities for those moving to Switzerland.

Switzerland is split up into 26 cantons these being Aargau, Appemzell Ausserrhodem, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Basel Lamdschaft, Basel Stadt, Bern, Fribourg, Geneva, Glarus, Graubunden, Jura, Lucerne, Meuchatel, Nidwalden, Obwalden, Schaffhausen, Schwyz, Solothurn, St Gallen, Thurgau, Ticino, Uri, Valais, Vaud, Zug and Zurich. The largest cities with populations of over 50,000 people in Switzerland are Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Bern, Lausanne, Winterthur, Lucerne, St Gallen, Lugano and Biel.

Those travelling by air when moving to Switzerland will find the county has three main international airports of Zurich International Airport (ZRH), Geneva Cointrin International Airport (GVA) and Basel Airport which is called EuroAirport Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg (BSL, EAP, MLH). The largest airport in Switzerland of Zurich Airport handles over 24 million passengers per year. This represents a 6.4% increase in passenger numbers during the last year.

When moving to Switzerland you will find the country has many attractions to see such as the Swiss Alps, along with the Aletsch Glacier, Palais De Rumine in Lausanne. Other attractions include Lohn Castle and other museums such as the Kunstmuseum in Basel. Switzerland is well known for a large number of ski and winter sports resorts.

Moving to Zurich

Zurich is one of many popular destinations for people moving to Switzerland from the UK. Excellent nightlife, cultural importance, and beautiful old town buildings can all be found in this exciting city. Zurich is a centre of business in Switzerland and is, therefore, home to countless international hubs and headquarters. Because it is a popular place for business, the cost of living here is quite high and it can be difficult to find the right housing options in the city centre. However, if you are looking to move to Switzerland for work, moving to Zurich will provide a plethora of opportunities no matter your sector.

Moving to Switzerland after Brexit

Moving to Switzerland from the UK after Brexit will now require a Visa. Regardless of the reason for your move, you will still need to apply for a visa for residency in Switzerland.

Even if you are moving to live with family, you will need to apply for a family visa to live or work in Switzerland. There are many different types of Visa depending on the reason for your move so you should ensure you apply for the correct one and comply with all requirements.


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Planning Your Move

When considering moving to Switzerland it is important to speak with a specialist international removal company that provides reassurance about the services you require for moving abroad to Switzerland. At Abels, we want you to feel confident about your overseas removal process, providing you with a selection of reputable resources to help your decision to move to Switzerland.

Planning your move involves considering the length of time you will spend overseas. This will impact the measures you will need to take, from your visa options to how many possessions to transport with you.

To speak to an advisor call or email and you will be contacted shortly to discuss your move to Switzerland.

Transporting Your Possessions to Switzerland

For full house moves / large volumes to Switzerland from the UK it is recommended that a home survey appointment is made. One of our International Customer Service Managers can personally visit your home and discuss your moving requirements. They can then allay any concerns you may have and advise you on the whole moving process, and assess the items to be packed. Also, they will explain how best to protect your items during their transit. The survey will also take account of access to your property to ensure that positioning a larger removal vehicle is possible. A full list of all items to be moved will be made by our colleague at this time. A detailed door to door removal proposal will be sent to you shortly following the visit after all costs are collated (including origin, road transportation, delivery services).

Smaller volumes can be discussed over the telephone, email or provided via our online service. Your volume, access, packing requirements and shipping method, will be assessed from the information you provide. A detailed door to door Switzerland removal proposal will then be produced and either posted or emailed to you for consideration.

After you book with Abels you will be introduced to a Customer Liaison Move Coordinator (who will work on behalf of your Customer Service Manager) booking, organising and managing and assisting you when moving to Switzerland.

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Packing Your Possessions

Abels Moving Services advises that Packing is a recommendation for all your items and possessions when moving to Switzerland from the UK. Furniture should also be packed to export standards when items are moved to Switzerland.
Items will be moved to Switzerland from the UK in a large removal vehicle. In situations where access is not suitable for a large removal vehicle for delivering your possessions in Switzerland, your possessions may need to be shuttled onto a smaller local delivery vehicle due to vehicle size restrictions in some areas of Switzerland.

There may be occasions when items can require more extensive packing service for more valuable and delicate items. These items will be identified when discussing with your Customer Service Manager. Export wrapping with robust 8 ply paper blankets, potentially adding foam edging, card covering and crating services are available depending on the item to be transported to ensure it will be best protected.

With Abels Moving Services the highest quality packing materials are utilised. If you are wishing to pack items yourself for your move we would recommend that you do not use cheap materials, the contents of cartons when moved using a Removal Vehicle could be stacked up to 2 metres high and of course, you want the cartons at the bottom to stay in the same shape throughout its journey and offer full protection to its contents.

Owner packing is accepted, but it is recommended that all items are wrapped when packed, however, please consider some pitfalls that you may / may not have considered. Our removal teams are always happy to make up some cartons for you on the day of the move so that you can pack personal clothing or papers should you prefer. However please be assured that our packing teams are trained and employed for their professionalism.


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Fine Art & Specialist Packing Services

Moving Fine Art needs great care and will involve Enhanced Export Packing when shipping to Switzerland. Items such as Fine Art Paintings and valuable pieces of furniture along with delicate items such as moving a Grand Father Clock, packing and shipping Barometers, and transporting chandeliers all need careful handling while being packed in a specific way. The use of special cases built especially for these items needs to be utilized to give the highest level of protection. Find out more information about Moving Antiques, Fine Art, and Valuables.

The Abels team is specially trained in moving objects abroad, taking care and precision when handling specialist goods. With years of expertise, we have a plethora of Moving Advice to relieve stress and provide reassurance.


Road Removal Services

Abels has a modern fleet of removal vehicles that are designed to be safe to transport items such as furniture, personal possessions and motor vehicles. Each vehicle is fully alarmed, with flat cleanable internal sides double skinned to avoid furniture damage and restrict temperature changes. The vehicles have Air-Ride soft suspension to ensure items are not jostled in transit while being sympathetic to the environment. Each is fitted with mobile communications and facilities for our driver’s and porter’s comfort.

Abels maintains a variety of sized vehicles within our removal fleet to suit the purposes of the moves we undertake depending on access challenges, volumes to be moved and distance to travel. Vehicles range from our road trains (which have a rigid truck at the front pulling a similar-sized trailer) and can carry up to a maximum volume capacity of 103 cubic metres / 3600 cubic feet, articulated truck and trailers, a variety of sized rigid pantechnicons, right through to small packing vehicles designed mainly for transporting our removal team and their materials.

Therefore Abels are ideally suited and can provide efficient moving services into all parts of Europe. If you choose us to assist you in moving to Switzerland, you can rest assured that you are in experienced, capable, and professional hands.


Customs Information

The import of your personal items and household goods into Switzerland are subject to import and export rules and regulations. 

Your Abels Move Manager will provide you with tailored information to guide you through this part of the relocation process.

For now, here is a little breakdown of what to expect to help you start planning your move abroad.  

For your items to clear customs, you will need to provide some specific documentation. Our friendly team will discuss these requirements with you ahead of your move, the documents required at customs will depend on your status and personal situation. 

Explore the FIDI Customs Guide for Switzerland, for further guidance ahead of your move consultation with a trusted member of the Abels team.

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Destination Services

With items moved by Abels Moving Services to Switzerland, Abels will take care of all aspects of the destination services with our own removal teams on our vehicles.

For the majority of deliveries, we use one of our large removal vehicles. In situations where it is necessary to deliver items in Switzerland by using a smaller delivery vehicle, Abels will make arrangements to transport the items by road in a normal removal delivery vehicle and then tranship to a smaller appropriate vehicle locally in Switzerland.

Another consideration for delivery is the number of properties located on higher floors needing careful planning for delivery of your items. This can often be in conjunction with the concierge who will confirm the access possibility to the elevator and times approved for access. Some properties may only permit delivery utilising an external elevator.

Abels are a FIDI-faim quality organisation that highlights the standards that are provided by customers using services from Abels Moving Services. The destination services into Switzerland continue with Abels performing arrangements for the Customs Clearance (if applicable) and a full Delivery Service.
An Advance Payment Guarantee Scheme operated by the British Association of Removers provides protection for prepayments made by our private customers (consumers) in the unlikely circumstance of Abels ceasing to trade and fulfilling a contract that has been paid for. This used to be provided by IMMI.

Normal service for delivery into Switzerland includes delivery into rooms of your choosing, unpacking of carton items to a flat surface, set up of normal furniture removal and placement into positions as instructed, disposal of waste packaging materials. Should you prefer, arrangements can be made for a put-away service of carton items/maid cleaning/relocation or settling in services – should you have specific requirements, please discuss with your Abels Customer Service Manager or Abels Customer Liaison.

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Why Choose Abels for Removals to Switzerland?

We are proud to offer flexible removals to Switzerland and strive to provide our customers with a stress-free service. Abels’s professional experience and local knowledge help you by handling and advising of all aspects associated with the delivery of your possessions for you when moving to Switzerland from the UK. Abels Moving Services endeavours to ensure your arrival at your new home overseas is smooth and trouble-free, to allow you to settle in as swiftly as possible.


Abels professional experience and local knowledge helps you by handling and advising of all aspects associated with the delivery of your possessions for you when moving to Switzerland. Abels Moving Services endeavours to ensure your arrival at your new home overseas is smooth and trouble-free, to allow you to settle in as swiftly as possible.

Find out more about why you should choose Abels for your move abroad here.

Above all, we want you to think of Abels for your next move and the one after that, we don’t simply wish to buy your current move at the risk of losing your future business, goodwill and recommendations!

Abels Moving Services:
Telephone: 01842 816600
Email: shipping@abels.co.uk