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
Details can be found here: NEWS
The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) allows nationals of certain countries to travel to the United States for up to 90 days for business or tourism purposes ("Visitor" travel purpose) without a visa.
Authorized to travel to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program, with ESTA approved, and without a visa, are people with the following, biometric passports (e-passport):
Andorra, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brunei, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary ,Ireland, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, New Zealand, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Republic of Malta, San Marino, Sweden, Switzerland, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, South Korea, Taiwan & United Kingdom.
Important: Travelers who have visited one of the following countries, since 1st march 2011, are no longer eligible to travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Program:
Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, Sudan, Somalia or Syria
In this case, a visa must be requested.
Applying for a visa for the USA requires various preparations and system entries. We have created an application form for you, making the process and access to the required information much easier.
We take care of your data collection, advance the consulate fees and arrange your appointment at the US Embassy in Bern. For the online form you need a scan of your passport and a photo in color, compel in the format 5x5cm. Please note that you must not wear glasses or headgear on the photo. For non-Swiss or non-Swiss citizens, a copy of your residence title (L, B, C, G) for Switzerland or the Principality of Liechtenstein is also required.
As soon as we have submitted your application to the Embassy and the preparations have been completed, we will provide you with the necessary information on the required documents, the documents we have prepared, the payment receipt and confirmation of the date for your interview at the American Embassy.
ESTA collection time:
1 - 5 working days
Visa application period:
Receipt of dates and documents for the interview:
2 - 3 working days after receipt of the application, if complete
Appointment availability of the embassy:
Within 2 - 7 working days after receipt of your visa application
Duration to obtain visa / passport after your appointment:
3 - 20 working days
There is currently no specific information available