3 new Swiss visa application centers to open in China to facilitate visa application process

Press release, 22.01.2016

The Embassy of Switzerland in China, in its efforts to facilitate visa application for Switzerland-bound travelers and businesses, is pleased to announce the opening of three new Visa Acceptance Centers (VACs) in the Chinese cities of Chengdu (Sichuan Province), Wuhan (Hubei Province) and Shenyang (Liaoning Province).

The new VACs, which will start operations on January 29 and be managed by the Swiss Embassy’s commercial partner TLScontact, are expected to provide increased access and enhanced administrative services, which also include biometric data implementation. 

Applicants to Switzerland are required to make online appointments at TLScontact’s website  and will be accepted on an appointment basis at the centers to submit required documents. 

The VACs are authorized by the Swiss Embassy in China to accept applications for short stay individual visa (business, tourism, ADS Groups, family friends visit, medical treatment, culture and sport), and provide administrative support services, such as the collection of visa applications and return of passports in sealed decision envelopes to applicants. They have no role or influence over the outcome of an application. The decision to issue or refuse a visa or request additional documents is made solely by Swiss competent migration authorities, in accordance with Switzerland’s immigration visa rules and guidelines. 

“Together with the existing services offered in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, the new Visa Application Centers are expected to vastly facilitate the visa application process, especially for residents from nearby cities and areas,” said Swiss Ambassador to China Jean-Jacques de Dardel. “Switzerland is acknowledged as one of the best places in the world to live, study, travel to and do business thanks to a favorable environment. Switzerland and China have also long been enjoying dynamic bilateral relations. We definitely welcome more visitors and investors from China.” 

Boasting magnificent landscape and sceneries, Switzerland has been of particular appeal to Chinese tourists. The manifold and vibrant culture, art, music scenes and world-class events such as the Art Basel and the Lucerne Music Festival have been attracting more and more Chinese visitors in recent years. 

In 2015, overnight stays from Chinese tourists in Switzerland came to a record number of over 1.6 million. China now is the fourth source of tourists to Switzerland and the first from Asia. 

In addition to the new initiative, Switzerland has been working with Chinese authorities and partners to open additional 9 VACs in the coming months across China. It is also making proactive endeavors, such as mobile biometry, to facilitate the issuance of visas for Chinese citizens. 

As from October 2015, all applicants are required to provide their biometric data - 10 fingerprints and digital photo - when applying for a Schengen visa. Short stay individual visa applications of Chinese nationals to Switzerland are being processed within 48 hours at the Embassy.

 

Swiss Visa Application Centre as annexed:

 

Chengdu

 

Wuhan

Shenyang

Address:

Room 2012, Tower B, Times Plaza, No. 2 Zongfu Road, Jinjiang District, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, 610020

Room 901, 902, New World Trade Center, Tower I, No. 568 Jianshe Dadao, Jianghan District, Wuhan, Hubei Province, 430022
 

Room 1401, Fortune Plaza E, No. 59 Beizhan Road, Shenhe District, Shenyang, Liaoning Province, 110013
 

Website:

(Available as of Jan. 25, 2016)

TLScontact Chengdu TLScontact Wuhan  

TLScontact Shenyang

Business Hours:

Monday to Friday: 08:30 - 12:30, 13:30 - 16:30

Helpline:

Callers from anywhere in mainland China:

Telephone: 400-625-6699 (caller will be charged for a local call)

Available Monday to Friday: 08:30 - 12:00, 13:15 - 16:30

 

Callers from Hong Kong, Mongolia & Overseas:

Telephone: +852 6515 3879

Available Monday to Friday: 08:30 - 12:00, 13:15 - 16:30 (local time in China)

 

For more information:

Please visit: webpage of TLScontact, visa page of Swiss Embassy website, call +8610 8532 8888 or send emails to: bei.visa@eda.admin.ch. 

Embassy of Switzerland in China Weibo: @瑞士驻华大使馆 

Embassy of Switzerland in China WeChat: 别样瑞士SwissChat