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  • China will now accept virtual APEC Business Travel Cards for eligible travelers seeking entry into the country


The government of China will accept virtual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC) for ABTC holders with pre-clearance to China beginning May 1, 2023. At the same time, China continues to accept physical ABTCs from all participating APEC economies.

Virtual ABTC holders are encouraged to confirm the status of their pre-clearance to China using the ABTC pre-clearance status tracker.

What are the Changes?

The government of China announced that travelers with valid digital APEC business cards are permitted to enter the country effective May 1, 2023.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of China’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

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