Life is unpredictable - all it takes it one careless move, and you can be facing a worst case scenario. Luckily you can take out private liability insurance, which usually covers the costs of any damage incurred.
To ensure that expats are well insured from the outset, Helvetia offers a Welcome Package for the first 90 days which combines private liability insurance with basic legal protection and household contents insurance. The insurance it includes is not mandatory in Switzerland. But as this and other examples show, it is useful and makes sense in order to avoid painful financial losses in the event of a claim.
- Private liability insurance covers claims arising from damage incurred by third parties.
- Household contents insurance covers damage to your own property such as damage caused by fire, water or theft.
- The additional insurance for petty theft off-premises covers items such as sledges or skis placed outside a mountain restaurant.
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Health insurance, accident insurance and social insurance are mandatory
In addition to these voluntary but highly recommended types of insurance there are also some that are binding in Switzerland. These include mandatory health insurance (basic insurance) and, for employees, the 1st and 2nd pillars of the state and occupational pension schemes. For employees who work more than eight hours a week, accident insurance is automatically covered by the employer. Otherwise, accident insurance must be taken out via your health insurance scheme. For car owners, motor vehicle liability insurance is also mandatory. In addition, home owners are obliged in most cantons to insure the building against natural hazards.
The immigration experts at Helvetia will be pleased to advise you and to tailor the insurance options that extend beyond mandatory requirements to meet your personal needs.
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