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Where and how to go on holiday with your dog in Switzerland

There are many Italians who decide to cross the border for their holidays in Switzerland, especially when it comes to mountains, trekking and skiing. Also going on holiday with your dog in Switzerland is really simple and not only because of the proximity, but also for paths and itineraries that make the practice of dog trekking.

Whatever the age of your dog, a passport is mandatory but a difference is made for other vaccinations and we recommend that you check the "dog documents" section below for details.

Going on holiday with your dog in Switzerland and using public transport is really easy: dogs can get on buses, boats and trains by paying half of a second class ticket only if they do not have a pet carrier and if they exceed 30 kg and even have an unlimited monthly pass if desired. As for cars, it is possible to make your dogs travel with a net, carrier or in any case with a seat belt in case of large sizes.

Lugano, Geneva, Saas-Fee, GrindelWald and Locarno are just some of the cities they have dog-friendly hotels ready to welcome you and pamper you properly.

Dog documents

The rules for traveling with a dog to Switzerland vary according to the age of the animal.

Dogs under 12 weeks

The animal must be provided with a official passport for animals pet correctly filled out; the animal must be correctly marked with a microchip; animals under 12 weeks of age can be introduced without rabies vaccination, but must be accompanied by a certificate completed by the (new) owner, stating that the animal has always been kept at the place of birth and has not had any contact with animals wild. The certificate is not required if the puppies are accompanied by their mother, on whom they are still dependent. Dog puppies up to the age of 8 weeks can only be brought into Switzerland if accompanied by their mother.

Dogs between 12 and 16 weeks

The animal must be provided with a official pet passport correctly filled in;
the animal must be correctly marked with a microchip; the animal must have been vaccinated against rabies. The first vaccination can only be done from the age of 12 weeks. The waiting period of 21 days from vaccination lapses if the animal is accompanied by a certificate completed by the (new) owner, stating that the specimen has always been kept at the place of birth and has not had contact with wild animals.

Dogs over 16 weeks

The animal must be provided with a official pet passport correctly filled in; the animal must be properly marked with a microchip or tattoo. Tattoos are only valid if it can be proven that they were made before 3 July 2011; the animal must have been vaccinated against rabies. Entry into Switzerland is allowed at least 21 days after vaccination. If booster vaccinations are performed prior to the expiration of the vaccination coverage, the waiting period lapses.

Transport for the dog

Train, bus and dog boat in Switzerland

Customers pay for the dog half of a 2nd class ticket or in any case the minimum price provided if they exceed 30 kg and are not in a carrier. With the dog day pass for CHF 35, - your 4-legged friend can travel for a whole day on public transport. Small dogs with a 'height at the withers up to 30 cm travel for free if they are carried as hand luggage to theinside of cages or carriers. The day pass for dogs is class independent and can therefore be used in both first and second class. By the way: If you are staying in Switzerland for a longer period, you can purchase an annual dog pass for your dog for the price of CHF 780.

In the car with a dog in Switzerland

In the car the dog must be arranged so as not to disturb the driver, for example behind a net o inside a pet carrier appropriate.

For larger dogs traveling without a carrier is the use of the homologated seat belt per car.

Electricity

In Switzerland 230V, 50Hz Type C and Type J sockets are used

Currency

The currency in Switzerland is the Swiss Franc:
1 CHF = 0.92 EUR, 1 EUR = 1.09 CHF

Embassy

Willadingweg 23, 3006 Bern, Switzerland
Phone: +41 (0) 31 390 10 11
E-mail: [email protected]
website: www.ambberna.esteri.it

Emergency numbers

Emergency Center Number 112
Police 117
Ambulance 144
Fire fighters 118
Poison Control Center 145
Helicopter rescue 1414
Roadside assistance 140