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Closed Consulates May 2019
IMPORTANT: Due to the end of the Islamic fasting month Ramadan in calendar week 23 between 03 - 07 June 2019 different consulates of Muslim countries will be closed for several days.
Russia: 30.04.2019 - 02.05.2019 & 08.05.2019 - 10.05.2019
Pakistan: 01.05.2019 - 02.05.2019
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.
E-Visa Myanmar & Ethiopia
To make it easier to apply for an e-Visa for Myanmar and Ethiopia, we have launched an easy-to-use online form on our website. So you can now conveniently apply for and receive your visa for the two countries - without the submission of documents - online.
Important note regarding visa application photos - 11.07.2018
The Russian Embassy implements the requirements for timeliness and quality with immediate effect on the photo, which must not be older than 6 months. Doubts of the consulate are sufficient to prevent the acceptance of the photo. We urge you to only use 3.5 x 4.5 cm color photos with a light / white background no older than 6 months in the application. Only then a timely processing and return can be ensured. Thank you for your comprehension.
Registration of the visa in Russia - 11.07.2018
Please note that visas for stays of 7 days or more must be registered after entering Russia. As usual, the hotel will register you upon check-in. Alternatively, this can be done by the authorities in Russia or via AVS allvisumservice GmbH. Failure to comply with this rule can result in significant delays and termination issues.
New address AVS Bern - 29.03.2018
From April 4,2018 we will move to a bigger office right next door. The address changes only in the house number from 68 to new 66.
The new address for courier shipments and personal visits is as follows:
AVS allvisumervice GmbH
The following unchanged address applies to all postal shipments:
AVS allvisumervice GmbH
PO Box 2054
AVS Geneva: New Address - 27.02.2018
Due to problems and delays in the delivery of Swiss Post, we ask you to address your shipments to our office in Geneva exclusively as follows:
Registered letters by mail (NO Express):
AVS allvisionservice GmbH
PO Box 188
1211 Geneva 28
All other shipments by express mail, courier, etc please to:
Rue des Falaises 10
CH - 1205 Genève
Door (porte) code: 9145