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This page contains information on special veterinary conditions for importing products of animal origin by travellers as “personal luggage”. The standard import conditions apply for importing (pet) animals or all types of products of animal origin that are not specifically mentioned on this page, see at the relevant chapter of this website.
Please also observe all „non-veterinary“ import regulations (e.g. customs formalities, import quotas or species protection see > Wild Fauna and Flora / CITES). Note that the CITES rules do not apply for importing up to 125 gr of caviar.
The competent authorities of the consigning country guarantees that the rules and possible safeguard measures applicable for dispatching products of animal origin between EU Member States are also applied when sending such goods to Switzerland. This means that game and fish must not originate from regions or zones subject to restrictions / prohibitions in connexion with animal diseases.
All (Swiss) “domestic regulations” also apply to imported products. The specific requirements with regard to transports of meat, cooling, hygiene and the regulations concerning disposal of waste (animal by-products) apply for game and fishas if they had been hunted / caught in Switzerland. The requirements of the food and meat hygiene law as to self-controls of hunted game, controls for trichinella and transforming plants have besides be complied with. Leftovers or other animal by-products must not be fed to farm or wild animals, see also:
I. Products that are not subject to any veterinary legal requirements and can be imported into Switzerland without border veterinary inspections, regardless of quantity
II. Products for personal use only that are not subject to veterinary border control and may be imported with restrictions
1. From Croatia, the Faeroe Islands, Greenland and Iceland the import of animal products up to a total weight of 10 kg per person are permitted.
2. From the Faeroe Islands and Iceland fishery products without limits are permitted.
3. From all other countries outside the EU and Norway the following quantities per person of the animal products are permitted:
a) Products that may be imported into Switzerland up to a maximum weight of 20 kg or the weight of a single fish that exceeds 20 kg
b) Caviar: maximum of 125 g per person (without CITES import permit and a CITES import inspection, see also http://www.bvet.admin.ch/ > Topics > Wild fauna and flora /CITES).
c) Products that may be imported into Switzerland up to a maximum weight of 2 kg:
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