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.

2018 Holiday Schedule of the Embassy

Festival Date Day
New Year's Day January 1 Monday
Chinese New Year February 15 - 19 Thursday - Monday
Qingming Festival April 5 Thursday
International Labor Day May 1 Tuesday
Dragon Boat Festival June 18 Monday
Mid-Autumn Festival September 24 Monday
Chinese National Day October 1 - 3 Monday - Wednesday

 Please contact Embassy of Switzerland in PRC if Swisses have problems there.
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- Last modified on Nov. 17, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on China Embassy in Switzerland
Asked by C Hathaway from SWITZERLAND | Nov. 17, 2018 04:28Reply
Family members details, question 1.23 on visa form
Do I have to provide information on all family members even if they are not travelling with me?
Asked by Dr.Emmanuel Teitey from GHANA | Aug. 22, 2018 09:49Reply
Authentication Doctoral Certificate
I am Ghanaian but holding Switzerland doctoral certificate and it needs to be authenticated for working permit in China. Could you please give me procedure, cost for Express and mode of payment. I will like to have the application form as well.
Answers (1)
Answered by Ferguson from ICELAND | Aug. 22, 2018 20:23

If you want to do that in Switzerland, you should first get it notarized by the local notary public and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of that country; and then go to the embassy of China to get that attested; the required documents include your passport and its copy, the application form for attestation, and your education degree and the copy. You may need to pay CHF30 for that. You need to pay more CHF30 or 40 for express service.
Asked by Matt from SWITZERLAND | Apr. 04, 2018 11:50Reply
B permit in Switzerland expiring in 2 month
Hi, I have a residence B permit for Switzerland (i'm French) that expires at the end of June 2018. Is it a problem to apply for China business visa from April 13 to April 23 ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Marguerite from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 08, 2018 01:04

Hi, personally I don't think there is a problem for you to apply for China business M type from April 13 to April 23. If you are worried, you can call the China embassy to confirm this before you do that.
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