Acquisition of real estate by persons abroad

The Swiss federal legislation in respect of the acquisition of real estates by persons living abroad provides several restrictions to such acquisition of property rights and/or rights assimilated to, for persons living abroad: either the persons without any right of settlement in Switzerland (condition being: swiss nationalty or C permit), or, EU or EFTA Member States nationals with no legal and effective domicile in Switzerland.

Documents and Guidelines

Directions to help the land registries enforce the law


For the complete documentation see the pages in German, French or Italian.


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Last modification 25.07.2023

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