Our cooperation with the Swiss Embassy and Consulates in China is coming to an end. 

Since the 1st of September TLScontact is no longer accepting visa applications on behalf of the Swiss missions in China. 

Applicants whose applications are currently processed by the Swiss missions can retrieve their passports from TLScontact until the 14th of September. Please follow the status of your application closely. 

Passports that have not been picked up until the 14th of September will be returned to the Swiss Embassy or Consulate. 

The website and locations of the new service provider for visa applications are published through the website of the Embassy of Switzerland.

Application fees

TLScontact is collecting three types of application fees:

  • Visa fees, which is collected on behalf of the consular authority for the application processing.
  • Application Service fees, which corresponds to the standard application processing service provided by TLScontact.
  • Added Value Service fees, which corresponds to the optional Added Value Services you have used during the application process.

Attention: Payment of the above fees does not guarantee the obtention of a visa. The visa and the service fees are both non-refundable and non-transferable after the application is transferred to the Consular Representation, visa application is denied by the administration or the applicant decides to terminate his or her application.


Visa fees:

The visa fee is mandatory for all visa applications unless you are within the exemption categories.

Visa Type

   Euros      RMB

Short stay Schengen visa, less than 90 days  

      60       480

Transit visa

      60       480


The visa fee is 35 EUR (280 RMB) for :

  • Children above 6 and below 12 years old.
  • Nationals from Bosnia-Herzegovina*, Georgia, FYROM (Macedonia)*, Moldova, Montenegro*, Russia, Serbia* and Ukraine*.

* Only for holders of non biometric passports

The Visa  fee is fixed in euros but is payable only in local currency. The exchange rate between these currencies is decided by the Consular Representation and is updated periodically, the local currency amount you are requested to pay may differ from those quoted above.

Application service fee:

The service fee, mandatory for all visa applications (unless you benefit of an exemption), is 177 RMB. This corresponds to the standard application processing service provided by TLScontact (i.e. Information provision, appointments booking, visa application reception, data processing, etc.).

Fee Exemptions:

The following categories do not have to pay the visa fee:

  • short stay for children under six years of age
  • EU citizen’s spouse
  • EU citizen’s child under 21 years old of financially dependent
  • Financially dependent ascendant of an EU citizen
  • dependent relatives, in the ascending line of the EU/EFTA citizen’s spouse
  • pupils, students and accompanying teachers going on study or educational trips
  • short stay for scientific researchers
  • representatives of non-profit organisations aged 25 years old or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events

* Please note that satisfactory proof must be submitted to establish if one of the above exemptions applies.

Added Value Service fees:

Please check on the Added Value Services page.

Accepted Payment Methods:

  • cash
  • debit card (UnionPay only)
  • credit card (UnionPay only)