A dream is coming true: globetrotting around the world. There are many things to keep in mind and perhaps some challenges to overcome. We have established a checklist for you, which can help you to prepare your trip.
Depending on the duration of the planned trip, the question arises whether you have or want to de-register in Switzerland. Whether you remain register in Switzerland has an influence on the organisation of the trip. Bei questions concerning registration in Switzerland, use our contact form or consult some useful links on emigration and return in the link section.
Planification of the trip:
|□||Before you start the trip, pose yourself some questions:
|□||Accommodation: How and where to you want to spend your nights?
Budget: Plan your budget: Equipment, transportation, food and accommodation, excursions, pocket money, reserve for the unexpected.
Hier a useful link that shows you the loving costs in different countries: https://www.budgetyourtrip.com.
Don’t forget to calculate costs in Switzerland, e.g. taxes, rent, health insurance.
|□||Do you plan to work during your trip? Here some links on working abroad:|
6 months before the trip:
|□||What shall I do with all my things in Switzerland? Do I keep them? Do I donate them or sell them? What will I put into storage, what can I leave with relatives and friends? Here, instead of many, one option for storage space: https://www.zebrabox.ch/de/privatkunden|
|□||Passport/ID: Check how long your passport is still valid and whether there are enough empty pages for all the stamps you are planning to collect. (As a good rule, make sure that the passport is valid six months longer than you intend to travel). Do not forget that it needs a bit of time to order a new passport: ch.ch|
|□||Vaccinations: Depending on the countries you are traveling you will need vaccinations. Some of them might even be mandatory for entering the country. Get informed early enough, some vaccinations have to be repeated before sufficient protection is guaranteed. For an overview see here:
Get an international vaccination certificate.
|□||Get all medical check-ups done, don’t forget the dentist. Take prescriptions as well as copies of the most essential medical files along. If you have to take medication, check whether you can get them abroad or whether you can carry a sufficient amount with you. Make sure to have proof with you that the medication is for your own personal use.
|□||Get informed about the current situation in the countries you want to travel or transit. .
|□||Inform yourself about notice periods and find out whether there is the option to put certain contracts on hold until you return.
1-3 months before the trip:
|□||Visa: Find out for which countries you need a visa and how to apply for them (Embassy, Consulate, opening hours). Some of them you might be able to get when already on the road via internet but better safe than sorry. Here a link, for information on visa requirements: https://www.eda.admin.ch/eda/en/home/entry-switzerland-residence/visa-requirements-application-form.html Also check whether you are traveling through countries with a history of tense diplomatic relations and make sure that the immigration stamp from one country does not bar you from entry into the next.|
|□||Insurances: Consider which risks you want to have insurance coverage for:
Make sure that you do not have gaps or duplications in your insurance coverage .
Bank-account in Switzerland: There are several options to maintain a CHF bank account in Switzerland, though banks tend to make the life of the Swiss abroad quite difficult. Be clear what you need.
Ask your bank about restrictions to import foreign currencies into the countries you want to visit.
|Voluntary Pension fund (AHV/AVS): Make sure you will not have any unnecessary gaps in the pension fund.|
|□||Invoices: Organize how you will pay your recurrent invoices in Switzerland while you are on the road.|
|□||Postal mail: Have your postal mail forwarded or organise someone, to empty your letter box. https://www.post.ch/de/privat/empfangen/post-umleiten-privat|
|□||Taxes: If you de-register in Switzerland you have to pay your taxes beforehand. You remain registered in Switzerland? Clarify who will look after your tax declaration and taxes.|
|□||Organise moving your stuff – perhaps your family and friends will help you?
2 weeks before the trip
|□||Passport, documentation: Passport, insurance certificates, e.g. health insurance card, contracts, credit card – best make a copy or scan and store them safely. You can carry them along on a USB stick or send them to yourself via email. It might also be useful to leave copies with a trusted person back home so that you can quickly get access to all the important documents.|
|□||Get the last vaccinations done.|
|□||First-aid-kit. Ask at our pharmacy or your medical doctor what you should take along. Or do some research yourself based on the experiences of others. E.g. here: https://www.holidayguru.ie/travel-magazine/first-aid-kit-checlist/|
|□||Mobile phone: To avoid exorbitant roaming costs, check with your provider what subscription is best for your travel plans.|
Now it’s time: get packing.
|□||Did you join Soliswiss and conclude the Plan b Upgrade? Not yet? Your membership is just some mouse-clicks away.|
|□||Let your loved ones know where you are: Are your travel plans flexibel, do you plan to go to the outbacks, or into risky territory? Agree how often and at what interval you will check in with a person of your trust. Give that person access to your apple ID or google account and allow her to track your mobile so that she can check from time to time where you are – internet provided. Register at Itineris.|
|□||Enjoy time with your family and friends and celebrate the pending start of your trip.|
On the day of departure
|□||Are you sure to have all documents, passport, vaccination card, important phone numbers including DFA Hotline and Plan b Hotline?|
|□||Flight tickets ready and first accommodation booked?|
|□||Enough cash, best in small denominations.|
|□||Is Itineris up-to-date?|
|□||Good bye, let us know how you are doing and enjoy!!!|