Return guarantee for museums

A return guarantee was introduced as part of the Cultural Property Transfer Act to promote the exchange of cultural property among museums. Similar to state immunity, such a guarantee protects the loan from third-party legal claims and the corresponding court proceedings in Switzerland. The institution loaning the property in Switzerland submits the request (Art. 7, CPTO).


Statutory or regulatory deadlines, determined in days, stop as follows:
From the seventh day prior to Easter up to and including the seventh day after Easter; From July 15 up to and including August 15; From December 18 up to and including January 2nd (Art. 22a, Federal Act on Administrative Procedure, SR 172.021).

Last modification 06.05.2020

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Federal Office of Culture
Specialized Body for the International Transfer of Cultural Property
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