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Duty-free shopping to be possible on arrival

On June 1, Switzerland will join the list of countries which open up their duty-free shops at airports to incoming passengers.

The move would grant Swiss airports a competitive edge, create up to 80 new jobs and boost extra revenue by an estimated SFr60 million ($56.4 million) annually, according to the government on Wednesday.

Currently, only passengers leaving Switzerland can visit duty-free shops at airports. At present 58 countries around the world, including five in Europe, which offer duty-free shopping for both arriving or departing air travellers.

From June, this will also be possible at the airports of Zurich, Geneva, Basel, Lugano and Bern.

The amount one can buy will remain the same: one litre of strong alcohol plus two litres of alcohol under 15 per cent alcohol by volume, 200 cigarettes and with a total limit of SFr300 ($335).

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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