Veterinary rules on the import and transit of live aquaculture animals from third countries to and through Switzerland.
They apply with reservation as to import bans, temporary sanitary restrictions and special conditions in force at the time of import.
Aquaculture animals means fish, aquatic crustaceans and molluscs (including shell-fish / mussels) at any stage of development (incl. gametes, eggs, semen), even those from the wild intended for a farm.
Different conditions apply to import up to 5 aquaculture animals as pets:
For ornamental fishes not considered as pet animals see
Imports of all species that could threaten the native fauna are prohibited. They are listed in annex 3 of the "Verordnung zum Bundesgesetz über die Fischerei" , see Federal law and ordonnances regarding fishery (in German).
Regulations - permit
All information included in the following documents has to be studied with attention and all requirements to be met – it will help avoiding troubles at the point of entry (customs):
Supplementary specific requirements on importing aquaculture animals from third countries:
Details, approved countries of origin and models of the prescribed veterinary certificates
Please read with attention the exact animal health requirements depending on the country of origin and the intended use (e.g. farming, restocking, further processing before human consumption) - laws on fisheries see above.
I. For live fish (incl. eggs and gametes)
II. For (aquatic bivalve) molluscs (incl. their eggs and gametes) for further growth, fattening, relaying in waters or further processing before consumption
III. For live (aquatic) crustaceans / products from third countries for immediate consumption
Third countries are eligible for exports according to the list referred to in Decision 2011/163/EU.
The regulations for importing fishery products as food apply, see
For fresh water crabs see also the provisions of the laws on fisheries (link above).