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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:

    • Where do you want to go? Do you want to really get to know one country or region or do you want to travel the world?
    • How much adventure (and risk) do you seek? Do you plan to travel alone or do you want to find like-minded travelers on the road? What is important to you when traveling?
    • How much time to you have? For how long do you plan to travel?
    • Do you have a preferred mode of traveling, airplane or other?
    • Do you plan to book an ‘around the world ticket’? Once around the world for individual travellers, get some inspiration here: www.statravel.co.uk
    • Or do you prefer the flexibility of booking flights separately with ‘one way tickets’? This needs a bit more time to find affordable and suitable tickets.
    • Perhaps you ask a travel agency where to find the most beautiful spots of the world. Or you research the internet and find inspiration there. Here some links. :
    • It is also useful to read some blogs of fellow globetrotters to collect tips and tricks – and perhaps to give you ideas for your own travel blog?
    • Consider all aspects when planning your itinerary.
Accommodation: How and where to you want to spend your nights?

    • Camping
    • House/apartment
    • Couchsurfing
    • host family
    • BnB
    • AirBnB
    • Hostel: Conclude a membership at www.youthhostel.ch, with this you will get preferential rates world-wide. 

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. .

    • Political situation (if in doubt about the security situation, adapt your travel plans).
    • Banks – where to get money
    • Climate
    • Medical situation
    • Schools and kindergarten if you are traveling with kids
    • Main sights
    • customs and laws
Inform yourself about notice periods and find out whether there is the option to put certain contracts on hold until you return.

    • Emplyment
    • Apartment or house
    • Electricity / gas
    • TV
    • Telephone
    • Insurances
    • Memberships and subscriptions
    • motor vehicle number plate

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:

  • Annulation costs: In case you have to cancel the trip due to an accident or another insured incident that hinders you to start or continue the trip.
  • Luggage insurance: Make sure your valuables that you take on the trip are insured- check what is included – and what not.
  • Health insurance: Depending on the durations of your tip you can stay registered in Switzerland and keep your insurance. Check with your insurance what is covered during your trip. Alternatively, there are travel health insurances (with limited coverage) . If you officially leave Switzerland and deregister, you have to look for international insurance coverage. Contact us for advice. 
  • Accident insurance: Again, check with your insurance company, how you are covered in case on an accident abroad or check out different international insurances.
  • Personal liability insurance: If you de-register in Switzerland, make sure that you have an international personal liability insurance. We are happy to provide advice.
  • Support in case of crisis: As a Soliswiss member, with our Plan b you have access to support in crisis situations, 24/7 during trips of no longer than 90 days. whenever there is a threat from terrorism, kidnapping, political insurgency or war. Conclude the Plan b Upgrade to be covered for the entire duration of your trip. Information you will find here.

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.

Example:

    • short term needs like making payments, getting money at a cash machine, e-banking, credit card, checks, etc.,
    • mid- to longer term needs like keeping your money invested, save for the old age, old age payments, money from the 2nd or 3rd pillar. You might consider to give a person you trust access to your account through a letter of attorney. If you want further information and advice, use our contact form.

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.

    • Pack your stuff you want to move to storage or friends and the things to take along on your trip.
    • Do a last check, to make sure that you have not forgot anything.
    • Label your luggage.
    • Where will you stay just before you leave? .
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!!!

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