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China Visa requirements / COVID-19

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.


Important notice PCR test COVID-19 for entry into China

All travellers to China who depart from Switzerland and fly to China while passing through countries, will need a PCR test (COVID19 - nucleic acid tests) from 01.09.2020. The airlines check the passengers before boarding. In addition, you must apply for a permit from the embassy in Bern or the consulate general in Zurich (Green Health Code with the "HS" mark).

Please note that the test result must not be older than 72 hours when boarding the plane to China. For example, if you stop over in Dubai, the departure from Dubai to China must also be within 72 hours. The airlines will reject travelers who do not meet this criterion without exception.


What is the best way to obtain the additional approval (Green Health Code):

  1. You carry out a PCR COVID19 nucleic acid test with a doctor or laboratory  
  2. This must be submitted to us immediately, but no later than within 5 hours of the issue date printed on the test result, together with a scan of your passport, flight confirmation and Health Declaration Form ().
  3. After verification and approval by the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General, we will return the scanned copy of the verified and stamped authorization to you.


The permit must be printed out and taken to the airport. Please make sure that the entire trip (incl. possible transit/transit) takes place within the validity period of the permit.

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

Health Declaration Form

PDF

Testing Institutions

PDF

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

  • Application during opening hours: CHF 39.00 (excluding VAT)
  • Application during the week, outside of the opening times: CHF 79.00 (excluding VAT)
  • Application on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday: CHF 139.00 (excluding VAT)


Opening times: Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 


The issuance usually lasts 5-24 hours, depending on the service selection above. The processing time and the issue of the certificate (approval) itself cannot be guaranteed by AVS, 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.

Form for health declaration
Completely filled out and originally signed (download)

1 passport photo
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.

Form for health declaration
Completely filled out and originally signed (download)

1 passport photo
Biometric and in colour (see photo criteria)

Invitation letter PU from the Chinese authority

Official invitation of the ministry in China

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:

900.00 CHF of which 450.00 CHF must be paid on account. If the invitation is not approved, the deposit will not be refunded. The remaining amount of 450.00 CHF is due when the invitation is issued.

Processing time

Processing time

Obtaining Visa: ~ 1 week

Obtaining invitation: 10 - 20 working days

PLEASE NOTE: that the embassy only accepts applications on Wednesday and Friday.

Information

Information

There is currently no specific information available.

Documents

Documents

Form for health declaration

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