China Permits Visa-Free Entry for Swiss Nationals

On January 15, 2024, the government of China announced that it will apply a unilateral visa-free policy to Switzerland, and Switzerland will provide more visa facilitation for Chinese citizens as well as Chinese enterprises investing in Switzerland.

After a meeting between Swiss President Viola Amherd and Chinese Premier Li Qiang, the two sides announced the completion of a joint feasibility study on the upgrading of the China/Switzerland Free Trade Agreement (FTA), with formal negotiations due to start soon.

In November 2023, China allowed citizens from five European nations including France, Germany and Italy to enter the country without a visa.

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