ELECTRICITY: 230 V / 50 Hz
CURRENCY: Swiss Franc (CHF)
PASSPORT / VISA:
Every traveler must have a valid passport. Visa are required for a continuous stay of more than three months. If your stay is shorter than three months you only need to bring your valid passport with you. This applies to citizens of the following countries: countries of the American Continent (except Belize, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Peru), Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.
For information on visa, permanent residence as well as on work permits and business matters, please contact the Swiss Consulate General located nearest you.
The drinking water that comes out of Swiss taps is as pure as bottled mineral water - and 500 times cheaper.
SHOP OPENING HOURS:
Shops are usually open from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Once a week they extend their hours to 9 p.m. They are closed on Sundays except for those at airports, at some railway stations and highway rest stops.
Any stay in Switzerland is incomplete without buying a famous Swiss watch. Fine watches come in an infinite variety and are generally less expensive than in others countries. Bucherer is the country's biggest and most famous watch retailer offering a wide range of watches from CHF 50 to 100.000.
Chocolates come in a variety of sizes, shapes and flavors. Excellent buys are: textiles, embroideries, fine handkerchiefs, linen, precision instruments, drafting sets, multiblade pocket knives, music boxes, woodcarvings, ceramics and other handmade items as well as antiques and art books.
BANKS / CREDIT CARDS / ATMs:
Banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Once a week they extend their hours.
Many banks have automated teller machines (ATMs) that accept overseas bank cards. please check with your local bank before leaving if your bank card is valid in Switzerland.
The safest and easiest form of money are traveler's checks and credit cards. The cards most used are Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
Service is always included in Switzerland, and tips are often given only if you had outstanding service (customarily 1-5 francs for meals).
Dogs and cats (older than 3 months) vaccinated as prescribed originating from countries where urban rabies is non endemic with a valid certificate of vaccination. The vaccination must have been carried out within the last year and at least 30 days prior to entry.
117 Police, 118 Fire, 144 Ambulance, 1414 Swiss Rescue