Arriving in Switzerland

| Declaring your arrival | Insurance | Finance
 

Please have a look at the checklist for newcomers, it will give you information regarding administrative arrangements before, upon and after your arrival. 

You will also find complementary administrative information on this page. 

Declaring your arrival

On arrival, you have 8 days to present yourself at the residents’ register office of your commune. You will want to go there as soon as possible, as this is a necessary first step before you can take other action, such as opening a bank account. 

There are charges for your declaration and for issuing a residence permit.

Use these tabs to check the documents you will need, depending on your country of origin.

Insurance

Health insurance is compulsory for everyone living in Switzerland. 

Contributions will not be deducted from your salary: you are responsible for paying them. 

Insurance companies are required to provide cover for anyone who is required to take out insurance, whatever their age or state of health, without conditions or a time limit.

With or without accident cover? 

Everyone employed by UNIL is insured against accidents (occupational and other, at the workplace and elsewhere). You should take out health insurance without accident insurance. 

However, visiting researchers and staff family members who do not have compulsory accident insurance should include accident insurance with their health insurance policy. 

Useful documents

Guide to the Swiss health insurance system.

Comparisons can be found on this website priminfo (provided by the Federal Office of Public Health in the Swiss national languages)

Another comparison website comparis (in the Swiss national languages and English)

Finance

For your employer to be able to pay your salary, you need to open an account with a Swiss bank or the Swiss Post Office. You should then send your account details to the Human Resources Department.

You will need to bring the following documents with you:

  • Your residence certificate (delivered by the immigration office or municipality) or residence permit if you already have it ;
  • Your passport or ID. 
  • An invitation letter or employment contract from UNIL

There is a branch of the Banque Cantonale Vaudoise (BCV) on campus, in the Internef building. 

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Contact

Mrs Salomé Evard
Tel. +41 21 692 20 07

Mrs Marcelina Klaus Gaillard
Tel. +41 21 692 23 28 

welcomecentre@unil.ch

 

Checklist for newcomers

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Ch√Ęteau de Dorigny  -  CH-1015 Lausanne
Switzerland
Tel. +41 21 692 20 20
Fax +41 21 692 20 05