Returning to Switzerland

Returning to Switzerland after a long period living abroad? You also need to prepare your return to Switzerland carefully. Essentially, the process is similar to emigrating, which means you may need to deregister in your host country, complete customs formalities, find somewhere to live, register in your new place of residence, look for work, or join the social security scheme.

All the steps that returning Swiss nationals need to take are set out below. 

Entry and customs formalities


Administrative matters

As with emigration, various administrative tasks also arise when returning to Switzerland. Below you will find information regarding change of address, health insurance and social security as well as OASI/IV and taxation. 

Driving licence

Military and civilian service


Looking for work in Switzerland

Unemployment and social security