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The Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing and the Consulate General of Switzerland in Shanghai and Guangzhou are pleased to introduce a new visa outsourcing and information system with effect from November 2013 on.
Where to apply:
Residents of Shanghai, Jiangsu, Anhui and Zhejiang shall apply at the Consulate General of Switzerland in Shanghai.
Residents of Guangdong, Fujian, Guangxi, Hainan, Jiangxi and Hunan shall apply at the Consulate General of Switzerland in Guangzhou.
All others residents of China, Mongolia and Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) shall apply at the Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing
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Please find all the necessary information concerning a visa application on the website of TLScontact.
The TLScontact procedure is not compulsory. Applicants can also go directly to the responsible Swiss representation to submit their applications with prior appointment booked through TLScontact.
Visa and Service Fee:
- Applicants shall pay a visa fee of CNY 510
- Children from the age of six years and below the age of 12 years shall pay a visa fee of CNY 300
- The visa for children under the age of 6 years is free of charge.
- The service fee applies for each applicant (children and adults). Applicants shall pay a service fee of CNY 170
Please do not send any documents regarding visa applications to the Embassy or a Consulate General. Documents by fax, email or post will automatically be deleted or destroyed. All visa applications need to be submitted through TLScontact (exemptions: Diplomatic-, Service- and Public Affairs Passport holders, family members of Swiss or EU/EAA citizens – please refer to the rubric “General Information” below).
Applications shall be decided within 15 calendar days of the date of the lodging of an application which is admissible. That period may be extended up to a maximum of 30 calendar days in individual cases.
Applicants may still submit the visa applications at the visa section of the Swiss representation in person. However, the Embassy or a Consulate General allows only for a very limited number of individual applicants per day to deposit their visa applications directly at the visa section. In order to schedule an appointment to submit your visa application at the Embassy or a Consulate General, you must contact TLScontact. Please note that walk-in deposits are not accepted. Furthermore, please note that the processing time may be longer when submitting the visa application at the Embassy or a Consulate General.
If you are a resident of Hong Kong or Macau please refer to our Consulate General of Hong Kong directly. Please click here.
As of July 15, 2012 the Consulate General of Hungary in Chongqing is also representing Switzerland for the issuance of Schengen visas. Therefore citizens with residency in Chongqing and the provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan may also apply for their Schengen visa types A and C including Diplomatic, Service and Public Affairs passports at the Consulate General of Hungary in Chongqing.Please note that the same requirements, application forms and instructions as for Hungary will apply. If the stay in Switzerland will exceed 3 months and/or be for employment or marriage, the application must be lodged directly with the Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing.
Consulate General of Hungary
HNA & Poly International Center 36-A, No. 235
Minsheng Rd., Yuzhong District, Chongqing
Phone: +86 23 6399-7099
Fax: +86 23 6377-7077
Official Passport Holders
Applications can be lodged directly at the Visa Section counter of the Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing and the Consulate General of Switzerland in Shanghai and Guangzhou.
Family Members of Swiss or EU/EAA Citizens
If you are a family member (this includes a spouse, registered partner, a child who is under 21 years and depending on parents in law of a Swiss national or EU/EAA citizen) you may lodge the application at TLScontact. The appointment booking is free of charge but the service fee needs to be paid.
Family members as defined above shall keep the right to submit their visa application directly at the Swiss representation. If you choose to do so, please note that an appointment still needs to be booked through TLScontact.
Please be aware, if you choose to submit your application directly at the Embassy or Consulate General the appointment time will exceed the appointment waiting time of TLScontact. In urgent cases, it is therefore recommended to lodge the visa application directly at TLScontact.
Applicants of a visa D shall book an appointment through TLScontact. The appointment booking is free of charge. The application needs to be lodged at the Embassy or Consulate General directly. Personal appearance is mandatory for artists and students (education and trainings).
Concerning the documents required, please refer to the link section on the right hand side “Leaflets: Visa D requirements”.
Visa D (work)
Applications for a work or internship visa D (for a duration over 120 days) have to be done by the employer in Switzerland and are no longer accepted at the visa section (for further information please consult our links section).