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AVS allvisumservice GmbH - Corona Virus - COVID 19
Based on the decision of the Federal Council of March 16, 2020, regarding the Corona Virus - COVID 19, we inform you as follows:
1) No personal visits to our offices until April 19, 2020:
The AVS allvisumservice GmbH offices will be closed to the public from March 16, 2020. You can still reach our offices by phone or email. You can send in your applications as usual.
2) Processing times
Various embassies, consulates and visa centers have adjusted their opening hours and processing times to the current situation. The processing time of every visa application can no longer be guaranteed.
3) Entry requirements
Please note the entry requirements for your travel destination. The regulations currently change daily. Traveling may no longer be possible even with a visa that has already been approved. Different countries have introduced different entry bans.
Corona Virus - COVID 19
Various countries have issued temporary entry bans or at least entry restrictions for various citizens.
We strive to communicate the list of countries with restrictions as up to date as possible. The following embassies have informed us of their entry bans by nationality:
Algeria: Does not issue any visas at the moment.
Angola: Does not issue any visas at the moment.
Argentina: Does not issue any visas at the moment.
Australia:All travellers to Australia will be required to self-isolate for 14 days. The Australian Government announced on 12 March 2020 that travel restrictions will continue to apply to travellers arriving from any part of mainland China, Iran, Republic of Korea and Italy.
Azerbaijan: Does not issue any visas at the moment.
China: General ban on entry
Cuba: General ban on entry
Ghana: Does not issue any visas at the moment.
India: Until April 15th it's not possible to travel to India
Indonesia: Does not issue any visas at the moment.
Israel: Switzerland, Austria, Germany, France and Spain
Kuwait: Does not issue any visas at the moment.
Mongolia: Does not issue any visas at the moment.
Mozambique: Does not issue any visas at the moment.
Nigeria: Does not issue any visas at the moment.
Nepal: Does not issue any visas at the moment.
New Zealand: Does not issue any visas at the moment.
Russia: Does not issue any visas at the moment. Entry ban until probably 01.05.2020
Saudi Arabia: Does not issue any visas at the moment.
Turkmenistan: Does not issue any visas at the moment.
United Kingdom: Does not issue any visas at the moment.
United Arab Emirates: Does not issue any visas at the moment.
USA: China, all citizens of the Schengen countries or who have entered them in the last 14 days
Vietnam: Does not issue any visas at the moment.
Most embassies also do not issue a visa if the traveller has recently travelled to one of the following countries: China, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Italy, Spain and France.
Please note that new restrictions are currently being introduced daily and AVS does not have all the information from the embassies and the expected restrictions.
Price increase from 01.01.2020
AVS allvisumservice GmbH is constantly reacting to the changing customer needs and requirements of embassies and visa centres. New challenges will also await us in 2020. AVS is in the process of preparing itself technically and in terms of personnel. New systems and an automation of the orders are pending. Our TEAM is being expanded. This will enable us to ensure our high service quality and at the same time offer improved services. Since 2007 AVS has been serving you with unchanged prices. In order to react to the new requirements and circumstances, AVS will have to raise prices for the first time as of 1 January 2020. Our prices are published on our website www.allvisumservice.ch under the respective country, in the document/PDF "Prices" and can be called up at any time. We thank you for your understanding and look forward to an exciting new business year based on partnership. Your AVS allvisumservice GmbH.
eVisa Russia & Saudi Arabia Tourist
Since recently it is possible to apply for an eVisa for a few cities in Russia. Our online form will go online at the end of 2019 and you can easily apply for it through your trusted partner.
Since the 3rd quarter of 2019 it has also been possible to apply for a tourist eVisa for Saudi Arabia for various nationalities. We are also your partner for the correct application. With this eVisa you can also enter Saudi Arabia for business meetings and conferences. For technical services such as installations, assembly etc. the visa must still be obtained through the embassy. This form and various information can be found under the following link: http://allvisa.s213.sureserver.com/web2/PDF/SaudiArabiaTouristeVisa.php
UPDATE: Visa application China ZURICH
The Consulate of China is becoming more and more restrictive in accepting visa applications from week to week. The requirements for the application and the supporting documents are strictly complied with, and divergent applications are rejected without exception. In order to avoid rejections and thus delays in applying for a visa, we ask you to implement the following information immediately:
- Invitation letter from China:
The letter of invitation must be addressed to the consulate in Zurich. Should the letter be addressed to the embassy, or for Bern, the visa application will be rejected.
- Correct addressing:
Consulate General of The Peoples Republic of China, Mythenquai 100, 8002 Zurich, Switzerland
- Application with foreign passport, with 2 simultaneous nationalities:
The Consulate of China will only accept visa applications with the passport / nationality that is registered in the residence permit (Ausländerausweis) of Switzerland.
- Pass validity:
The passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the visa validity. For a single entry visa, which is valid for 3 months, the pass must therefore be valid for 9 months, on the day of the visa application on the visa center.
- Visa application, point 1.22 + 1.23:
Paragraph 1.22, Marital status and 1.23 must be compulsory and stated in any case. At least 1 member of the family must be registered.
- Visa application, point 4.1:
The visa application must always be signed personally by the applicant.
Closed Consulates March 2020
Traineeship end of Elia Cina
At the end of November 2019 our trainee Elia Cina left AVS allvisumservice GmbH. In the new year he will complete the military recruiting school and then reorientate himself professionally. We would like to thank Elia for his good service and wish him all the best and much success for the future.
Please contact our personnel office in Bern if you had contact with Elia Cina.
eVisa for New Zealand
From 1 October an eVisa is required to enter New Zealand.
You can apply for it on our website on the following link:
UPDATE: Important note about entering China
When entering China, the following must be presented with
immediate effect, according to the type of visa:
- Business visa: copy of invitation letter
- Tourist visas: copy hotel bookings and air tickets
UPDATE: Important note about the new visa center fees from China
Day Express is no longer available
Please note that with the opening of the Visacenters, China will also abolish the same-day express. That means, the same-day express is now called urgency and the passport returns is new on the following working day after 12 o'clock. The surcharge for the visacenter in this case is CHF 280.-
2 days Express new in 3 days:
The 2-day Express is now called Express. The application now takes 3 working days and costs an additional CHF 215.40
Standard also gets more expensive:
The standard application continues to take 4 business days and costs CHF 118.50 surcharge
It now requires the following documents:
Earlier visa China
- Copy of the last visa for China
Furthermore we kindly ask you to attach the following documents each time in the future:
Previous passport or additional form
- If the passport has been issued on January 1, 2015 or later, additionally theoriginal, previous passport. If the previous passport is not available, a statement signed in the original (download), must be enclosed with the documents.
Visa fees and AVS processing fees remain unchanged.