Swiss citizens - What do you need?
The same with other application process, you must prepare some documents to start with. These are just the usual documents, and chances are, you already have some of it. Here is a list of what you are required to provide so that iVisa can do its job:
Valid passport – a lot of people already have a passport, and if you do not, getting one is quite straightforward. Just go to the issuing authority in your country, and you will be given one in a few days (depending on the state.) However, if you have a passport, make sure that it is valid and remains as such for at least another six months from your date of arrival in China. If this criterion is not met, your application will be denied, and you have to start the process all over again. Not to mention that you would not get a refund.
Passport photo – you can get passport photos from a drug store, photo studio, and even over the internet. Just make sure that the picture is recent.
Proof of accommodation – the most common proof is a hotel reservation confirmation, but a letter from a host is also accepted. You just need to provide evidence that you are accommodated somewhere.
A copy of your driver’s license
Travel itinerary – this may include multiple things such as return flight tickets. Just make sure that the documents you provide contain your full name.
Swiss citizens - The Application Process
There are steps that you need to pay attention with, and to follow, and to complete with, to get your visa. The steps for Swiss citizens are very simple and in case you need any help, iVisa has a support service that is ready to take your call 24/7.
For the first step, you will need to complete the online form provided by iVisa. Remember to be accurate in entering your necessary information, then select the processing time, and upload the documents you are asked to. This process should last about 20 minutes.
And for the next step, you are required to send your passport to iVisa. A label will be sent to you via e-mail which you need to stick to the package. The rest will be taken care of by iVisa. They will process the request with the Chinese Government so that you do not have to worry about anything. After that, you just wait for your passport to come back with the visa sticker inside. It is as simple as that.
Processing time and fees Swiss citizens
Take note that the amount that you’ll have to pay for China Tourist Paper for Swiss citizens depends on two factors: processing time and shipping method.
For the processing time, you have three options:
Standard processing time – your application will be processed, and your passport will arrive within 8 business days. As for the price, you must pay $229. While this may not be cheap, it is the cheapest option you have.
Rush processing time – this option will cut the waiting time by two days. You must wait for your passport 6 days, and the price is $259.
Super Rush processing time – you will get your visa along with your passport within 4 business days, and the cost is $289.
For the shipping method, you can choose an overnight FedEx shipping, 2-day AM, or you could use your own FedEx account. The latter costs depending on your account, but the first two will add to your bill $69.95 and $34.95 respectively.
The document for Swiss citizens you receive is valid for 9 years after issue and allows you multiple entries in China. However, your stay in the country cannot exceed 30 days on the same visa. The process provided by iVisa may seem expensive, but any other method will cost at least just as much. But at least you can let anyone else worry about the details.