The Chinese government announced that it will temporarily accept digital APEC Business Travel Cards (ABTCs).

Key Points:

  • As of May 1, ABTC holders will be exempt from visa fees if they have received preclearance from Chinese authorities and do not have a physical ABTC.
  • Digital ABTC holders can confirm the status of their preclearance using this website.
  • Chinese authorities continue to accept physical ABTCs from all participating APEC countries.

Additional Information: More information regarding digital ABTCs is available here.

BAL Analysis: Visa applicants who hold digital ABTCs should visit relevant Chinese embassies’ and consulates’ webpages for more details, as specific requirements and procedures can vary from post to post.

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