Some souvenirs can spell trouble


Plants and parts of plants imported from abroad can be infected with dangerous diseases and pests. As of 1 January 2020, as in the European Union (EU), new legal restrictions will be in force concerning imports of plant material from countries outside the EU.

The importation into Switzerland of plants, fruits, vegetables, cut flowers, seeds and other fresh parts of plants, soil and certain woods from countries outside the EU, the Canary Islands, Ceuta, Melilla and French overseas territories is prohibited.

Following an inspection/control at customs ("Goods to declare") carried out by the Federal Plant Protection Service (FPPS), the importation of plant material may be authorised, provided that it is accompanied by a phytosanitary certificate issued by the country of origin. In all cases, high-risk products (potatoes, earth, citrus leaves, etc.) are prohibited.


The only fruit allowed to be imported into Switzerland without being subject to control are pineapples, coconuts, durians, bananas and dates from all countries.

Travellers who transport prohibited plants or parts of plants on arrival may deliver them to Customs ("Goods to declare"), where they will be destroyed free of charge. If a check by the Federal Plant Protection Service is necessary to release or confiscate goods, fees will be charged to travellers (at cost).

The importation of plants and parts of plants from EU countries is permitted (except from the Canary Islands, Ceuta, Melilla and French overseas territories) without a control being required.

More information is available on the website of the Federal Plant Protection Service.