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Passport and Visa Regulations: Travelers wishing to enter Switzerland need a valid passport. Visas are required for stays of 3 months or more. In general, holders of a valid permanent residence certificate of an EU or EFTA country, Andorra, Monaco, San Marino, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada or the USA and some other countries do not need a visa. Please check with the nearest Swiss Embassy or Consulate. (www.auslaender.ch)
Indian and Asian nationals require a visa to visit Switzerland. An ordinary visa is usually valid for multiple entries for three months from the date of issue with duration of stay from 15 to 30 days. As and when the necessity of regular visits to Switzerland is established, the validity can be extended to one, two or, in exceptional cases, three years.
Public Holidays: The public holidays in Switzerland are:
Regional and local holidays, such as January 2, May 1 (Labor Day), June 22 (Corpus Christi), are observed in many parts of Switzerland.
- January 1 (New Year)
- Good Friday
- Easter Monday
- Ascension Day
- Whit Monday
- August 1 (National Day)
- December 25 (Christmas Day)
- December 26 (Boxing Day)
Duty and Tax-Free imports per person: Importation and exportation of cash are not subjected to restrictions. Persons over 17 years old can import tobacco and spirits. For other goods there is a total value limit of 300 Swiss Francs
Airlines: Many airlines fly into Switzerland. Swiss Air travels to 71 destinations, 41 in Europe and 30 in other countries worldwide. The airports at Zurich, Geneva and Basel are connected to the Swiss Rail Network.
Travel By Train: Switzerland has an excellent rail network. The Swiss Pass is a convenient way to travel extensively within Switzerland. Trains on scenic routes such as the glacier express and Bernina Express require reservations in advance.
Travel By Car: Driving a car around Switzerland is an ideal way to see the tourist attractions of the country. The minimum age for drivers is 18. Speed limits are indicated in Kilometers on easily readable traffic signs. Seat belts are mandatory and "Vignette" an annual road tax of 40 Swiss Francs, in the form of a sticker is charged on all vehicles using the freeways.
Swiss Pass: The Swiss Pass permits users to travel on all trains in the Swiss Rail Network. The Swiss Flexi Pass allows tourists to travel on a certain number of days in a month. The Swiss Youth Pass is valid for youngsters under the age of 26. The Swiss Transfer Ticket, Swiss Card and Swiss Travel System Family Card are other discounted travel options in Switzerland. The Eurail Select Pass is another discounted travel option that can be availed of in Switzerland.
City Transportation Systems: Swiss cities have excellent transportation systems of buses or streetcars.
Accommodation: Hotels in Switzerland are classified as Deluxe (5*), First Class (4*), Tourist Class (3*), Standard (2*) and Basic (1*). Many youth hostels and camping sites are available in Switzerland.
Gastronomy: Switzerland is famous for its cuisine including Swiss chocolates, Swiss cheese, pastries and deserts. Switzerland is also famous for its wines.
Tipping: Service charge is usually included in hotel, restaurant and taxi fares. An extra tip left to the discretion of the customer.
Weather and climate: The climate in Switzerland is moderate, without excessive heat cold or humidity.
Security and Health: Switzerland has one of the lowest crime rates among industrialized nations. It is safe to eat and drink in Swiss hotels and restaurants and tap water is safe for consumption.
Currency: The official currency of Switzerland is the Swiss Franc (CHF) The Euro is also commonly in use in Switzerland.
Banks and Post offices: Banks are usually open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and closed on weekends and public holidays. Post offices stay open till 6:30 p.m., on weekdays and are open on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m., to 11 a.m.
Public Phones: Swisscom, Switzerland's largest communications company has booths in all airports, railway stations and tourist destinations. Swisscom shops also rent cell phones.
Shopping: Switzerland is known for its excellent products including Swiss watches, Swiss knives, Swiss chocolates, Swiss cheese, music boxes, designer clothing, antiques and art.
Value Added Taxes: VAT of 7.6% is charged on all goods purchased in stores in Switzerland. You can reclaim the VAT by asking for a global refund cheque. To claim your refund your total purchases in a shop should be 400 CHF. You must be a visitor from another country and the goods you have purchased must be exported within 30 days.
Electricity: The standard current used in Switzerland is 230 volts (AC) 50 cycles. Power sockets are designed for 3 pin plugs. The Continental plug with 2 pins can easily be used. All hotels have adaptor plugs so guests can use their electrical appliances.
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