Duty-free shopping to be allowed on arrival
21 Apr 2011, 11:12
Published: 21 Apr 2011 11:46 GMT+02:00
Updated: 21 Apr 2011 11:12 GMT+02:00
The Swiss government has approved a law that allows duty-free shops to be open also for passengers arriving at Swiss airports, starting on June 1.
Currently, only those leaving the country can make tax-free purchases as, according to the law, goods bought in duty-free shops must be exported from the Swiss customs territory in order to be exempt from duties.
The measure applies to Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Lugano and Bern airports, the government said in a statement.
The government said the move will create up to 80 additional jobs and will provide an extra revenue of about 50-60 million francs annually.
It is currently possible to make duty-free purchases upon landing in 58 countries worldwide, including five European destinations, such as Gibraltar, Iceland, Norway, Serbia and Turkey.