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If you want to drive through Switzerland, you need to have it: The motorway toll sticker (vignette). Now you can also get one in digital form. The most important questions and answers on the e-vignette.

What is an e-vignette?

The same as the original motorway toll sticker, just digital. If you have a valid vignette, you can use all Swiss national motorways during the calendar year without restriction.

How does the new vignette work?

The Swiss e-vignette is linked to the license plate – and not to the vehicle like the usual motorway vignette is. After buying an e-vignette online, it can be saved electronically to your license plate. To register, you just need the vehicle category, registration country, and license plate number. Additional information such as name, email address, etc. are voluntary.

What are the advantages of the e-vignette?  

  • The digital vignette can be purchased anytime and anywhere and is valid with immediate effect.
  • New car? You no longer need to buy a new vignette if you change cars.
  • Those who have two vehicles with an interchangeable license plate now only need one vignette.
  • And the arduous task of having to take the time to scrape off the expired vignette from the windshield is a thing of the past.
  • If you accidentally buy two e-vignettes for your vehicle, it is now possible to be reimbursed.
Green logo for Swiss e-vignette

When was the e-vignette introduced?

The digital vignette was launched on August 1, 2023. For everyone who already has a 2023 vignette in physical form, nothing has changed. There is now simply an additional option: You decide for future years whether you want to buy the sticker vignette or switch to the digital one. The sticker will continue to be available at the usual points of sale: At gas stations, post office counters, repair shops, and road traffic offices, as well as from customs offices.

Where can I buy an e-vignette?

You can buy the e-vignette in the online shop of the Federal Office for Customs and Border Security (FOCBS). You can pay with credit card or TWINT.

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Is the e-vignette more expensive than the sticker?

No. The electronic version also costs CHF 40 and is – exactly like the old vignette – valid for 14 months: From December 1 of the prior year to January 31 of the year after.

How do I use the electronic vignette?

As soon as you buy the e-vignette, you don't have to do anything else. With immediate effect until the end of its term of validity (January 31), you have unrestricted access to Swiss motorways. The Federal Office for Customs and Border Security (FOCBS) provides comprehensive information on its website regarding the new e-vignette as well as general information on the subject of the vignette (motorway toll).

How is the e-vignette checked?

It is planned to install automatic controls at fixed points and on mobile devices. However, the vignette will only be checked on motorways at random by border security staff and cantonal police.

Tourism: Tolls in Switzerland

  • Whether physical or digital: Everyone who uses the motorway in Switzerland needs a vignette. No matter whether this is every day or just once. Trailers need their own vignette.
  • It’s getting easier to buy the Swiss vignette: Register your license plate from August 2023 conveniently at home and pay by credit card.
  • RVs over 3.5 tons total weight do not need a vignette: Instead, for those you have to pay a Lump-sum heavy vehicle charge (PSVA) – either when entering the country or conveniently via this app. Don't worry: The costs are not excessive. In the case of short-term stays, the heavy traffic duty is even cheaper than the vignette. For example, 10 single (not consecutive) days cost CHF 32.50.

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