Consulate General of Switzerland in Shanghai

The Consulate General of Switzerland in Shanghai will be closed on October 21, 2021 due to a team event.

View on the Shanghai skyline
View on the Shanghai skyline © Pixabay

The Consulate General is responsible for the Swiss community living in the provinces of Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and the municipality of Shanghai. The Swiss living in and around Shanghai have regular occasions to meet and socialize at various events organised by Swiss organisations in the city. There are currently about 600 citizens registered at our Consulate General, most of them in Shanghai itself, which makes it a lively and interesting community to be part of.


Entry into Switzerland

For Swiss nationals, entry into Switzerland will continue to be possible at any time. For Chinese spouses of Swiss citizens living abroad, the Swiss representations in China can issue visas for short stays.

Applicants who are not related to a Swiss citizen can find all the information about the visa process on our website under > Visa & entry to Switzerland.

Travellers entering Switzerland must either present a vaccination certificate (Sinovac/Sinopharm is accepted), or a negative PCR test (not older than 72h) or rapid antigen test (not older than 48h). Non-vaccinated travellers must take another test four to seven days after their arrival in Switzerland.

All travellers must continue to complete the electronic entry form no more than 48 hours before departure.

You can find details on the subject of coronavirus and entry into Switzerland on the website of the FOPH.

Covid certificates for persons vaccinated abroad

The Covid certificate obligation in Switzerland has been expanded, it is now mandatory for large events, as well as events in cultural, sports and leisure facilities for 30 people or more, interiors of bars and restaurants, etc.

All persons who have been vaccinated abroad with a vaccine approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) should now be able to obtain a Swiss Covid certificate. The Swiss abroad who have been vaccinated with Sinopharm/Sinovac can also apply for a Swiss Covid certificate based on an exemption specifically introduced for them. Please clarify the application process and the documents to be submitted with the competent authority.

You can find details on the Covid certificate on the website of the Federal Office for Public Health (FOPH).

Vaccinations for Swiss citizens living abroad

Swiss citizens living abroad and their close family members of foreign nationality (must be living in the same household) can now be vaccinated during their stay in Switzerland.

The implementation of the vaccination is regulated by the cantons. Please contact directly the competent authority of the canton in which you will spend your next stay in Switzerland.

Vaccination (Yangtze-Delta) 

Official information from the local authorities can be found on the websites of the respective provinces (only in Chinese): Shanghai, Anhui, Jiangsu, Zhejiang. The information is updated continuously.

Travelling back to China 

For more information on the requirements of the Chinese authorities to return to China after your stay in Switzerland, consult the webpage of the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Switzerland or the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Zurich.

Consular Section (not for visas)

In case of emergency, consular services remain also available outside office hours:  

Helpline of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA): +41 800 247 365, +41 58 465 33 33,

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