Easy entry in Switzerland
Non-Swiss nationals applying for an entry visa in Switzerland have to submit an application to the Swiss representation in their place of legal domicile. The special assistance service provided to International Federations (IFs) in the Canton de Vaud includes assistance and follow up on all administrative procedures. Non-Swiss short term visitors holding a Schengen visa do not need to apply for a special entry visa in Switzerland; however, their stay must not exceed three months over a six-month period. A special service for IFs will ensure that all procedures are as hassle free as possible for all involved.
Fast access to residence and work permits in Switzerland
Whether it is to establish domicile or to pursue a paid activity in Switzerland, foreign citizens need to have a residence or settlement permit. In regular cases, employers have to show that they had searched but failed to find individuals within the European Union when applying for a permit for a non-EU staff. IFs, however, do not need to search for candidates in the European job market before hiring directors or highly qualified specialists from non-EU countries. The special assistance service provided to IFs will take care of all administrative tasks in this regard, ensuring a hassle free process for all involved. In case of requests for large/bulk amount of permits, the necessary preparatory arrangements will be made with the respective authorities to ensure a hassle-free process.
Easy acquisition of real estate
International Federations (IFs) do not need special permission to acquire real estate (land or buildings) for the purpose of establishing their operations in Lausanne and the Canton de Vaud. In addition, IFs have the opportunity to acquire adjacent land for potential future developments.
Both IFs that decided to acquire or to rent real estate can benefit from a two-year rent-free period within the City of Lausanne and a one-year period elsewhere in the Canton under certain conditions.
Favourable tax exemption
Should (1) IFs be recognised by the IOC, (2) move their headquarters and their main activities in the Canton de Vaud and (3) be a non-profit organisation, they can benefit from special taxation conditions. Staff members living in Switzerland will need to pay taxes on income, but volunteers (e.g. Board / Council/ Commission or Committee members) benefit from special conditions on business expenses, allowances and per diems.
Valued Added Tax (VAT) is a tax on consumption; any revenue earning activity, even if it is not for profit, enjoys a favourably low VAT rate of 8%. Upon request, the Swiss Confederation may simplify administrative procedures for IFs. The special assistance service for IFs will ensure that all procedures are hassle free for all involved.
Favourable imports and exports
Crossing borders with goods is always associated with the need to complete certain customs formalities, and using the “ATA carnet” greatly simplifies this procedure. Generally speaking, IFs that use an ATA carnet for exporting goods intended to be re-imported into Switzerland (temporary exports) are required to deposit a guarantee. However, in the Olympic Capital, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry waives this guarantee requirement if the IFs concerned enter into a formal commitment towards the cantonal authorities to duly pay all taxes and any customs duty that may be applicable.
Get in contact
The Olympic Capital has a dedicated team on hand for servicing organisations that are keen on moving to Lausanne and the Canton de Vaud.
Please get in touch with us today to hear more about the opportunities moving to the Olympic Capital can bring to your organisation.
Cosima DeluermozInternational sport relations
Etat de Vaud, Département de l’Economie et du sport
Service de l'éducation physique et du sport
Ch. de Maillefer 35
Tel. : +41 21 316 39 37
Fax : +41 21 316 39 48