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China Visa requirements / COVID-19

Important note on fingerprinting for visa applications

Important note on fingerprinting for visa applications

As a result of the introduction of biometric visas, for which fingerprints are now required, each applicant must appear in person at the Visa Center from 12.01.2021. The submission of fingerprints is valid for 5 years, provided that the application is made with the same passport. Thus, AVS can fully recover the subsequent visa applications (within the 5 years).


At the time of application, AVS can meet the applicants at the Visa Center so that only the fingerprints must be submitted by the applicants - we can continue to carry out the rest of the process (see Guideline).

Guideline

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Responsible Office

Responsible Office

Please note on the PU letter where the invitation was issued:

  • If the PU letter says Embassy of P.R. China in Switzerland, please send the application to our office in: Bern
  • If the PU letter says Consulate General of P.R. China in Zurich, please send the application to our office in : Zurich

Please note

Please note

All persons entering China must be placed in quarantine for 2 weeks.

In addition to the visa, you need a certificate of negative nucleic acid and IgM antibody test results before boarding. You will find all necessary information in the blue box.


Online request of the health declaration code for China before boarding

When entering China, various regulations must be taken into account. Under the following link you will find all the information about them. Please read everything carefully and follow them so that you do not have any complications during entry & boarding or even be denied travel.


http://zurich.china-consulate.org/det/lsfw/zytz/t1855034.htm

Obtaining the health code with AVS

In order for us to obtain the certificate for you, we need the following documents:

  • Health Declaration Form (download)
  • Copy of your passport
  • Copy of your Chinese residence permits or visas
  • Flight confirmation
  • Test Result PCR COVID19 Nucleic Acid Test & Antibody Test
  • Mobile number for emergencies
  • Also let us know if you have already had the COVID19 vaccination. If yes, send us the copy of the vaccination certificate.

Please send these documents to the following e-mail address:

The embassy issues the permits daily, 7 days a week.
(All information according to the Chinese Embassy)

Application for COVID-19 certificate (approval) by the Embassy of China:

  • Application during opening hours: CHF 39.00 (excl. VAT)
  • Application during the week, outside opening hours: CHF 79.00 (excl. VAT)
  • Application on a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday: CHF 139.00 (excl. VAT)


Opening hours: Monday - Friday from 09:00 - 17:00


The issue usually takes 5-24 hours, depending on the above selection of services. AVS cannot guarantee the processing time and the issuance of the certificate itself, as these are subject to the authority of the Embassy of China.

Business

Business

1 Application form
Dully filled and original signed.
For Bern: (online Form) / For Zurich: (online Form)

Original passport
Valid for more than 6 months after the date of return

Copy of the passport details page
A copy of the passport pages with the personal data

Previous passport or additional form
If the passport has been issued on January 1, 2015 or later, additionally the
original, previous passport. If the previous passport is not available, a statement
signed in the original (download), must be enclosed with the documents.

2 passport photos
Biometric and in colour (see photo criteria)

Invitation letter PU from the Chinese authority

Official invitation of the ministry in China

Former visa and/or residence permit for China
Copy of the last visa and/or residence permit for China

Residence permit
If necessary, a copy of the applicant´s residence permit valid for Switzerland or Liechtenstein.

Work - Z

Work - Z

1 Application form
Dully filled and original signed.
For Bern: (online Form) / For Zurich: (online Form)

Original passport
Valid for more than 6 months after the date of return

Copy of the passport details page
A copy of the passport pages with the personal data

Previous passport or additional form
If the passport has been issued on January 1, 2015 or later, additionally the
original, previous passport. If the previous passport is not available, a statement
signed in the original (download), must be enclosed with the documents.

2 passport photos
Biometric and in colour (see photo criteria)

Notification letter

Work permit issued by the authorities in China

Former visa and/or residence permit for China
Copy of the last visa and/or residence permit for China

Residence permit
If necessary, a copy of the applicant´s residence permit valid for Switzerland or Liechtenstein.

Invitation

Invitation

You would like to receive the invitation through us? Here you will find all information and details on how to obtain the ministerial invitation through us.


We require the following documents:

  • Copy of passport
  • Copy of the last China visas of the last 2 years (if available)
  • Name, address and contact person of the customer or subsidiary in China (Beijing or Shanghai)
  • Company letter from the employer explaining the necessity of the trip to China.
  • Information about the desired travel date and length of stay

Please send these documents to the following e-mail address:

Costs:

4'500.00 CHF - of which 100% must be paid in advance. If the PU-Letter is not issued, the amount of 3'000 CHF will be refunded. Reasons for refusal may be that the applying company or the traveler himself is excluded from the application.

Processing time

Processing time

Obtaining Visa: ~ 1 week

Obtaining invitation: 20 - 30 working days

PLEASE NOTE: the Visa Center in Bern only open on Wednesday and Friday and the Consulate General in Zurich only on Tuesday and Friday

Information

Information

There is currently no specific information available.

Documents

Documents

Form for health declaration

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