To register a vehicle in Switzerland you need a vehicle insurance certificate from a Swiss insurance company. Vehicle liability insurance covers damage you cause with your vehicle to vehicles belonging to third parties, to other people or to their property. For all-round protection it is worth taking out a partially or fully comprehensive policy to provide additional cover. This also applies to motorcyclists.
Health insurance is a legal requirement in Switzerland. If you have just moved to Switzerland you have three months to register with a health insurance company. Health insurance covers the costs of consultations with doctors, medication and hospital visits.
If you work in Switzerland, you are usually covered by your employer's insurance for occupational and non-occupational accidents. If you work less than eight hours a week, you will have to incorporate accident insurance into your compulsory health insurance policy.
Household contents insurance is not compulsory in Switzerland, but is strongly recommended. Whether it be water damage, a fire in the home or a break-in – household contents insurance covers you for the loss incurred.
The advantages for you
Financial cover for your items if they are damaged
Personal liability insurance is not compulsory, but in Switzerland it is one of the most important types of insurances to have in place. It covers yourself and your family against minor acts of carelessness with major financial consequences.
Financial protection for any damage you cause to other people or their property
Buildings insurance is compulsory for property owners in most cantons and must be taken out via the canton. However, this insurance does not provide cover for all types of damage, so it is worth taking out additional buildings insurance privately.