In online shops it is not always obvious at first glance which country the seeds come from. It is therefore important to clarify this beforehand so that they can be imported into Switzerland. The following possibilities exist:
1. Seeds from the EU or Switzerland:
The sale or purchase of seeds between Switzerland and the EU is in principle possible without further phytosanitary requirements. However, the seeds of the following genera and species require a plantpassport:
- Capsicum spp. (pepper)
- Pinus spp. (pine)
- Pseudotsuga menziesii (Douglas fir)
- Solanum lycopersicum (tomato)
- Solanum tuberosum (potato)
Forest seed is partly subject to authorisation by the Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN); see Forest propagation material (German, French, Italian).
All other seeds for distance selling (including online) by private individuals between the EU and Switzerland do not require a plantpassport.
2. Seeds from a third country (including the Canary Islands, Ceuta, Melilla, French overseas territories)
Seeds from non-EU member states may only be imported with a valid phytosanitary certificate issued by an official body (phytosanitary service) in the country of origin within 14 days of the seeds being imported.
Certain plant seeds require a phytosanitary certificate with an additional declaration.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +41 58 462 25 50 for the exact regulations.
Some seeds may not be imported or belong to protected species that require a CITES species protection certificate.