Some time ago, Chinese consulates in foreign countries issued notices one after another: holding a valid APEC business travel card can enter China without visa, so what exactly is the APEC business travel card? Next, this article will give a brief introduction to it in the form of question and answer.
What is APEC? Who are the members?
APEC is the acronym of the English name of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation. Its full name is Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation.
At present, APEC has 21 economies: China, Hong Kong, Taipei, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Chile, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Canada and Russia.
What is an economy?
Among the 21 members of APEC, there are members from Hong Kong, China and Taipei, China. Through consensus, APEC members are called economies in English.
Which economies participate in the APEC Business Travel Card Program?
At present, 21 APEC economies have joined the travel card program. The United States and Canada are transitional members. They do not accept applications for APEC business travel cards from other economies, but provide visa applications and entry and exit customs clearance facilities for cardholders from other economies.
How many economies can Chinese cardholders access with valid APEC business travel cards at most?
At present, the United States and Canada do not accept APEC business travel card applications from other economies. The mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan do not apply travel cards to each other, so Chinese cardholders can enter up to 16 economies with valid cards, including Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Chile, Peru, Mexico and Russia.
What are the benefits of APEC Business Travel Card?
The applicant applies for the application once and is valid for five years. The applicant can enter the country many times and can stay at least 60 days each time. In addition, all economies generally provide entry and exit customs clearance facilities for cardholders.
The United States and Canada do not accept applications for APEC business travel cards from other economies. However, major airports in the United States and Canada have dedicated channels for APEC business travel cards (or share them with diplomatic channels) to facilitate rapid customs clearance for cardholders.
Travel cards are not applicable to each other between the mainland and Hong Kong and Taiwan, but cardholders can use a dedicated channel to access Hong Kong.
The 16 countries that can enter the country with APEC cards include 11 RCEP member countries: Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Australia and New Zealand.
How long can I stay in each economy with a travel card?
The maximum length of stay allowed by economies varies from 60 days to 90 days, specifically:
60 days: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea
90 days: Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Brunei, Mexico, Peru, Chile
If the valid period of the travel card is less than 60 days or 90 days, you should leave the country before the card expires.
Cardholders from other economies can stay in China for up to 60 days each time.