Embassy of Switzerland in China

The embassy premises in Beijing
The embassy premises in Beijing © FDFA

As the official representation of Switzerland, the Embassy covers all matters concerning diplomatic relations between the two countries. It represents Swiss interests in the areas of political, economic, financial and legal affairs, as well as science, education and culture, climate change adaptation and mitigation, international development cooperation and humanitarian aid.

The tasks of the embassy

COVID-19

Current situation

On 18 March 2020, the Swiss Federal Council decided, that entry at the Schengen external borders is generally prohibited with few exceptions. Switzerland follows the practice of the other Schengen states. Until further notice, Switzerland is in general not issuing Schengen visas anymore. Schengen Visas with territorial restrictions will only be issued in exceptional cases, to specialists from the health sector for example. 

Easing of restrictions from 8 June

From 8 June, the following measures will come into force for stays of more than 90 days (national visa D):

  • Applications to employ workers from third countries will also be processed again. Admission will be possible if the work assignment is in the public interest and, for example, is necessary to the national economic supply, or if a company urgently requires this skilled labour from an economic perspective and the work cannot be postponed or performed abroad. 

  • Family reunification will be possible again for all persons with a permanent residence permit, a residence permit, a short stay permit or who have been temporarily admitted to Switzerland, under the usual conditions. 

  • School pupils and students will be allowed to enter Switzerland to begin, continue or finish their studies, regardless of their nationality. This does not apply, however, to education and further training lasting less than 90 day 

Please make an appointment with VFS Global to submit your national visa D application at one of our representations.

For additional information, please consult the webpage of the State Secretariat for Migration SEM.    

If you have further questions regarding visa matters please contact us via: beijing.visa@eda.admin.ch

Consular Section (not for visas): In case of emergency, Consular services remain also available outside office hours:  

Helpline FDFA:  +41 800 247 365 or +41 58 465 33 33, helpline@eda.admin.ch

Media release of 31.08.2020

Communication of 28.08.2020 on travelling back to China    (PDF, 384.5 kB, English)

Communication_of_30.03.2020 (PDF, 124.9 kB, multilingual: French, German)
Media release of 19.03.2020 (PDF, 280.7 kB, English)
Communication of 19.03.2020 (PDF, 477.2 kB, multilingual: French, German)
Communication of 21.02.2020 (PDF, 358.1 kB, multilingual: French, German, Chinese)
Communication of 21.02.2020 (PDF, 232.3 kB, German)
Communication of 05.02.2020 (PDF, 383.0 kB, multilingual: French, German)
Communication of 26.01.2020 (PDF, 449.9 kB, multilingual: French, German)
Communication of 24.01.2020  (PDF, 540.6 kB, multilingual: French, German)

President of the Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga: National Day 2020 greetings for the Swiss abroad

© UVEK / swissinfo.ch

Allocution du 1er Août de l'Ambassadeur à la communauté suisse en Chine

© Ambassade de Suisse à Pékin, DFAE

Celebrating 1 August differently

© FDFA

This year's launch of Mission August 1st marks the first time the FDFA is celebrating Switzerland's national holiday online. The multilingual and interactive website – developed by Presence Switzerland together with the Consular Directorate – works as a virtual meeting place for the Swiss abroad, along with lovers of all things Swiss, where they can celebrate 1 August together and share their favourite moments online.

From 27 July, you'll find a wide range of ideas and inspiration for your very own 1 August celebration: www.missione1agosto.org

 

Message from Ambassador Bernardino Regazzoni (German)

© Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing, FDFA

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