General Conditions for car rental in Switzerland

Importante

At time of rental, when picking-up a car, AVIS customers may choose to accept or to decline optional coverage or insurance by checking into the corresponding box (accept or reject). Once the contract is signed and coverage/insurance is accepted, it will not be refundable.

• Currency:
Swiss Franc (CHF)
• Tax:
8%
• Minimum age:
25 years for most car groups.
A Young Driver fee will be charged for drivers between the ages of 21 and 24 years for groups A, B, C, D, E, F, G, K, L, M, N and O.
The Young Driver fee is CHF 18.00 per day, per driver, plus Tax, up to a maximum of CHF 180.00 per driver. Values subject to change.

Groups H, J, P: 25 years or older only.

Group I: 30 years or older only.
• Driver’s License/Passport:
The renter and the additional drivers must present an International Driving Permit and de Driver’s License of the country of origin (which must have been issued at least one year before) together with the ID or valid passport.  

An International Driving Permit (IDP) is a translation of the customer's Driver's License only, and it alone is not accepted for the rental of a vehicle.
• Credit Card:
An International credit card accepted by AVIS will be required at the time you collect your vehicle; said credit card will be blocked to be used as a guarantee and to cover any extra charge not included in the Voucher, such as, gas, insurance deductible, etc. Said credit card must be in the renter's name, no exceptions.
Groups H, I, J, P: Two credit cards are required, one of which must be Diners Club or American Express.
• Debit Cards:
Debit cards are not accepted.
• Additional Driver: CHF 13.00 plus Tax per day, up to a maximum of CHF 130.00 per rental.
Some rates include an additional driver in their price.

Insurances and Coverages

• Collision Damage Waiver (CDW)
Though OPTIONAL, this coverage for damage to the vehicle is included in the rates posted on this website. In the case of damages to the vehicle, the customer is liable for the full amount of the Avis vehicle if Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) is not taken. If CDW is purchased, the renter's responsibility (deductible or liability) is reduced to an amount ranging between CHF 1,500.00 and CHF 3,000.00 according to the car group rented, in the case of an accident or damage to the car.

• Theft Protection (TP)
This coverage is included in the rates posted on this website. For the rates that do not include this coverage, in the case of theft of the vehicle, the customer is liable for the full amount of the Avis vehicle if Theft Protection (TP) is not taken. If TP is purchased, the renter's responsibility (deductible or liability) is reduced to an amount ranging between CHF 1,500.00 and CHF 3,000.00 according to the rented car group, in the case of theft of the Avis vehicle or its parts.

• Super CDW-TP
The client has the possibility of eliminating the deductible of the CDW - TP coverages, by purchasing Super CDW - TP at the time of the opening of the contract.
Some rates include this coverage.
Please ask for further information at the Avis rental location at time of pick-up.

• PAI - Personal Accident Insurance
 Avis PAI covers medical assistance and expenses in case of illness and/or accident, and a compensation for death or permanent disability of the renter and occupants of the Avis vehicle. Buying this insurance, the driver and occupants of an Avis car will be insured against body injuries if they occur while they are inside the rented Avis vehicle. The coverage will be valid until the date of return indicated on the rental agreement or any extension approved by Avis. Some rates include this insurance.
Important
An administrative fee of CHF 50.00 (plus Tax) will be charged in the event of traffic violation, plus the value of the fine. Cost subject to change.
One Way Rentals
Avis allows renters to return the car in a different Avis location from where it was picked-up, always within Switzerland. An additional fee may apply (domestic one-way). Ask Avis before making your reservation. 

Returning the car in a different country to the one where the rental was initiated is known as international drop-off. An international drop-off always generates a charge that varies according to the countries. The cost will be informed when making the reservation.

Avis cars cannot be returned in: Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Corsica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sardinia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom.

Travel into other countries

Avis cars rented in Switzerland are permitted to cross borders into most european countries. Avis cars cannot be driven to Africa, Albania, Armenia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Turkey and the Commonwealth of Independent States CIS.

Car groups H, I, M, S (14 seats only) and P, and vehicles of the following brands: BMW, Porsche and Mercedes rented in Switzerland are not allowed to cross borders to: Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Corsica, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Gibraltar, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Sardinia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Mercedes and BMW vehicles belonging to car groups I and J are not authorized to be driven in Italy and the South of France (Aix en Provence, Avignon and surroundings, Cannes, Marsella, Montpellier, Niza, Nimes, Perpignan).

Travel into France
Any car entering France must have two breathalyzer kits. Driver not having them in the car will be liable to a fine. The kits can be purchased at petrol stations. It is advisable to buy them before crossing the border with France.

Travel into Austria
All vehicles driving in Austria must have a Toll Sticker that can be purchased at the border. The Toll Sticker is available for specified length of use, with a minimum one-day purchase. Fines for neglecting to purchase the Toll Sticker start at: CHF 243.00



(  ! ) Values are expressed in Swiss Francs, and the tax must be added unless otherwise stated.
(  ! ) All information and rates are subject to changes without advance notice.

Last Update: 02/12/2015