Are you about to move from Switzerland to Germany? In this article, we will give you the most important information regarding the main documents to fill out and will cover all the necessary steps you will have to take to prepare your move. 

Door of Brandenburg in Berlin.

As a Swiss citizen (or if you are from a country belonging to the European Union), you do not need a visa or residence permit to settle in Germany. A simple identity document is enough.

If you come from another country, please contact the German embassy.




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If you are moving on your own, you can rent a vehicle and organise everything by yourself. Check the different documents below to be sure that you are not forgetting anything.



Prerequisites and regulations

  • You are a natural person and are transfering your main residence to the customs territory of the European Union.
  • You have been living in Switzerland for at least 12 months. If this is not the case, you can prove that you intended to live in Switzerland for more than 12 months by showing a copy of your employment contract.
  • You have been in possession of your personal belongings for at least 6 months prior to the date of your move. Proof may be requested in the form of invoices, sales contracts, etc.
  • If motor vehicles or sports aircraft are registered as personal effects, proof must be provided that the vehicle or aircraft has been registered in the name of the person moving to the country concerned (e.g. presentation of a certificate from the competent foreign authority).
  • Your personal belongings may be imported into Germany in several stages, but the time between the period and the last importation may not exceed 12 months
  • You may not lend, rent, sell or transfer your personal effects for a period of 12 months after their importation.

Documents to be presented to the German customs in case of control

The declaration of the export of your personal effects can be done online to the Swiss government.