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Local time is GMT +1 (GMT + 2 between March and October)
Electrical current is 220 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the linear, rounded three-pin type, but rounded two-pin plugs will fit the outlet
A 15% service charge is normally included in all hotel, taxi, bar and restaurant bills, and further tipping is not necessary, but is appreciated for outstanding service.
Switzerland has a low crime rate compared to other European countries and is generally a safe country to travel in, however there has been a recent increase inpetty theft and visitors should be alert to pickpockets and thieves, particular in the city centres and or public transport. Be aware of robberies on overnight trains.
Business hours are generally 9am to 12pm and 2pm to 6.30pm Monday to Friday.
Value added Taxes:
The VAT you pay on purchased goods in Switzerland is 8 %. You may ask at the shops for your Global Refund Cheque and reclaim the VAT: The total purchases in a shop must amount to CHF 400.00 (including VAT). The tourist must be resident outside Switzerland and the goods must be exported within 30 days.
The international country dialling code for Switzerland is +41. The outgoing Code is 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the United Kindgdom)
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