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Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Switzerland

 Visa Application Form of PRC

Ambassador: Ms. Xu Jinghu 
Address: Kalcheggweg 10, 3006 Bern
Tel: +41-31-3527333
Fax: +41-31-3514573
Email: china-embassy@bluewin.ch

Consular Office
Address: Lombachweg 23, 3006 Bern (Take bus No.19 and get off at Petruskirche)
Fax: +41-31-3518256
Email: visastelle@bluewin.ch
Office Hours: 09:00 - 12:00, Monday - Friday (except holidays) 

Consular Districts: Except the consular districts of Chinese Consulate in Zurich.

 Important Notice about Application
1. Mail Applications will not be accepted. The embassy does not provide mail back service as well. If applicants can not visit the embassy in person, applications can also be lodged to the consular office by someone else (friends, relatives, or travel agencies) entrusted.
2. Appointment is not required. 
3. From October 8th, 2012, the embassy and consulate will no longer accept Cash as a mean of payment, please pay by MasterCard, Visa Electron, Diners Club/Discover, Union Pay or Maestro, V Pay, etc.

Please pay by cash when collecting passport.
1. Regular Fee per Person

Types Swiss Citizens American Citizens Canadian Citizens Serbian Citiznes
Single-Entry with 3-month Validity CHF 80 CHF 150 CHF 80 CHF 5
Double-Entry with 6-month Validity CHF 100 CHF 150 CHF 80 CHF 5
Multi-Entry with 6-month Validity CHF 130 CHF 150 CHF 80 CHF 5
Multi-Entry with 12-month Validity CHF 190 CHF 150 CHF 80 CHF 5
1. Citizens of Pakistan, Albania, and Bosnia and Herzegovina can get Chinese visa for free.
2. The visa fee for citizens of other countries is the same at that for Swiss citizens.
3. For group applicants (at least 5 members) who apply for a group visa with invitation letter from a qualified travel agency, fee is 80% of the listed above per person. CHF 15 should be charged for the expedited service.  

2. Expedited Service Fee per Person
Normally, the processing time is 5 working days. For urgent cases, the expedited service is available. Moreover, additional fees will be paid as following:
1 working day processing CHF 50
2-3 working days processing CHF 35

Note: From July 5th, 2012, the embassy and consulate have temporarily suspended the expedited  service for following countries based on reciprocal principle: 

Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Greece, Czech Republic, Esthonia, Austria

Besides, no expedited service for US and French passport holders will remain the same. 

 Requirements for Application
1. Passport valid for at least 6 months with blank pages.
2. Application form with genuine information and signature. 
3. One passport photo attached to the application form.

For tourism, round-trip air tickets and hotel reservation are required. If visiting relative, invitation letter is required, as well as copies of inviter's work permit and residence permit, or copy of Chinese ID if Chinese.

For business, round-trip tickets, hotel reservation, original or copy of invitation letter are required. 

If applying to study, JW201 or JW202 and Admission Letter from Chinese university/college are required. 

If going for work, originals and copies of invitation letter and work permit are required.

 2016 Holiday Schedule of the Embassy
Festival Date Day
New Year's Day January 1 Friday
Chinese Spring Festival February 8 - 10 Monday - Wednesday
Chinese Tomb Sweeping Day April 4 Monday
International Labor Day May 2 Monday
Dragon Boat Festival June 9 Thursday
Mid-Autumn Festival September 15 Thursday
Chinese National Day October 3 - 5 Monday - Wednesday

 Please contact Embassy of Switzerland in PRC if Swisses have problems there.

 Related Chinese Embassies in Europe: Ukraine, United Kingdom, Tirana, Albania