China Embassy 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 of Chinese Embassy in Switzerland

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.

Regular Fee per Person

Types Schengen Countries US Canada Serbia Romania Others
Single-Entry with 3-month Validity CHF 70 CHF 150 CHF 80 CHF 5 CHF 80 CHF 40
Double-Entry with 6-month Validity CHF 70 CHF 150 CHF 80 CHF 5 CHF 110 CHF 60
Multi-Entry with 6-month Validity CHF 70 CHF 150 CHF 80 CHF 5 CHF 160 CHF 80
Multi-Entry with 12-month Validity CHF 70 CHF 150 CHF 80 CHF 5 CHF 160 CHF 120

1. Citizens of Pakistan, Albania, Maldives, and Bosnia and Herzegovina can get Chinese visa for free.
2. 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.  

Expedited Service Fee per Person

Normally, the processing time is 4 working days. For urgent cases, the expedited service is available. Moreover, additional fees will be paid as following:
1 working day processing CHF 40
2-3 working days processing CHF 30

 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.

2019 Holiday Schedule of the Embassy

Festival Date Day
New Year's Day January 1 Tuesday
Chinese New Year February 4 - 6 Monday - Wednesday
International Labor Day May 1 Wednesday
Swiss National Day August 1 Thursday
Mid-Autumn Festival September 13 Friday
Chinese National Day October 1 - 3 Tuesday - Thursday
Christmas Day December 25 Wednesday

 Please contact Embassy of Switzerland in PRC if Swisses have problems there.
 China Tour from Zurich Switzerland
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- Last modified on Apr. 01, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Embassy in Switzerland
Asked by Debra Lee from USA | May. 20, 2019 23:43Reply
With swiss passport, is there such a thing like US passports holders, one visa valid for 10 years?
Answers (1)
Answered by Grace from USA | May. 21, 2019 19:57

Swiss passport holders can't apply visa valid for 10 years.
Asked by Paul from UK/POLAND | May. 15, 2019 05:44Reply
As an EU citizen, can I apply for a Chinese visa while on holiday in Switzerland?
I need a last-minute tourist visa for China, but I cannot apply in my country of origin as I will be travelling in Switzerland during this time. As an EU citizen, can I apply for a Chinese visa while on holiday in Switzerland?
Answers (1)
Answered by Serena from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 16, 2019 01:24

Yes, it's posisble. Good luck!
Asked by Miss Lyn from SWITZERLAND | Dec. 03, 2018 17:07Reply
I would like to know if i can use the visa i got from Switzerland to travel to China from Ghana.
I am a Ghanaian but in Switzerland at the moment,i got a chinese entry permit from 6 months from Switzerland and i will go back to Ghana for Christmas.
Answers (1)
Answered by Anessa from DENMARK | Dec. 03, 2018 23:05

If you have valid residence permit in there, it's possible for you to apply for it from the Chinese embassy or consulate general.
Asked by Karen from SWITZERLAND | Dec. 02, 2018 07:14Reply
Visa applications for family traveling together
Hi there,
Couple of questions please for a family of four planning to travel together to China: We are holders of Canadian passports and would be planning to visit China for two months. The father would be traveling on an academic sabbatical (visiting a professor colleague at ShanghaiTech) and the mother plus two children as accompanying family members.
1. Would the major purpose of visit be "Business & trade" for the father and "Tourism" for the rest of the family?
2. We would need to complete four applications I presume? However it would only be necessary for one of us to come to the Embassy in Bern in person to submit the applications and pick-up the passports post-decision?
Many thanks for your advice!
Kind regards,
Answers (1)
Answered by Shea from FINLAND | Dec. 03, 2018 15:32

1. Yes.
2. Yes, you need to complete four applications, and one of you can come to the Embassy in Bern in person to submit the applications and pick-up the passports.
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