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Consul General Thomas Schneider
Consul General Thomas Schneider © Thomas Schneider

Dear Visitor 

Grüezi, bonjour, buongiorno, allegra! Welcome to our website and thank you for your interest in the Consulate General of Switzerland in San Francisco.

At Pier 17, four Swiss institutions come together under one roof to represent their country on the West Coast of the USA. Switzerland enjoys one of the highest living standards worldwide in a fascinating natural environment in the heart of Europe; it is easy to explore individually and by public transportation. It also provides a highly competitive location for a large variety of industries and boasts a skilled labor force, as well as acclaimed universities and professional schools.

The Consulate General maintains its relations with state and local authorities of thirteen U.S. States through public diplomacy and cultural exchange. It is in charge of all administrative matters of the more than 32,000 Swiss nationals living in its consular district, it processes visa requests for tourists and business visitors and provides general information to the public.

swissnex San Francisco, the innovation outpost of Switzerland, is a platform for collaboration and exchange in the fields of science, research, technology, and education. Furthermore, swissnex offers workspace and presents exhibitions and events for Swiss and Bay Area communities and beyond.

The Swiss Business Hub, part of the worldwide network of Switzerland Global Enterprise, is the official Swiss trade and investment promotion agency. They provide localized support, market information, consulting and networking services for Swiss companies venturing into the U.S. In addition, SBH USA promotes Switzerland as a prime business location for U.S. companies expanding to Europe.

Last but not least, Switzerland Tourism is the National Destination Marketing Organization, promoting Switzerland as travel, vacation and convention destination.
Switzerland offers a variety of reasons to visit year around. With direct flight connections from the Bay Area, including SWISS, Switzerland Tourism is happy to assist you in your vacation planning with brochures, online and over the phone. Out of the San Francisco office, Switzerland Tourism works closely with tour operators, travel agents and the media. 

I invite you to explore the many facets of my country and the numerous opportunities it offers to any interest and age group. My team and I are here to receive your comments and to assist you with any questions you may have.

Thomas Schneider
Consul General a.i.