Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA

Retirement abroad
Houseboat in Thailand © Manfred Werner - CC BY 3.0
Before you make preparations for leaving the country, be sure to obtain all the necessary information about the living conditions in the country of destination and the potential consequences of emigrating.
Neccessary information
Topics relating to retirement abroad: residence permit, health insurance, receiving your pension abroad, tax regulations and language proficiency
Resident Permit
Conditions to be met and offices that issue the residence permits
Financial matters
Preconditions and procedures to transfer Old-Age, Survivors' and Invalidity Insurance pensions abroad
Pensions in Switzerland are subject to the double taxation agreement or the withholding tax of the country concerned
Other points to bear in mind
Consider the living conditions in the country
Guidebook «Retirement abroad» (PDF, Number of pages 15, 702.3 kB, German)
Other languages
Flyer «Retirement abroad» (PDF, Number of pages 4, 611.9 kB, German)
Other languages
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Last update 29.06.2020
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