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I recently got an APEC card, with validity for countries like Indonesia & China, which normally have higher visa-requirements for me as a UK passport holder than other countries (no visa-on-arrival, full-page stickers in my passport etc).

The APEC card is supposed to give me Visa-free access to those countries, but I am worried of traveling and then being bounced back at passport control. Can someone tell me from their own experience if they had any problems trying to cross the border with an APEC card despite normally requiring a visa to China?

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    You want to "immigrate" or you want to pass through "customs and immigration"? – hippietrail Jan 29 '14 at 14:12
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    I want to pass through customs and immigration – uncovery Jan 30 '14 at 8:04
  • I thought so, hopefully my edits made it a bit more clear for some people though. – hippietrail Jan 30 '14 at 8:25
  • I had a similar issue with exiting South Korea on Jan 18th. The immigration official at the ABTC counter looked at the back of my US issued card (which has no country designations) and said "no good, no good". – user26169 Jan 18 '15 at 22:09
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I have an APEC card.
Mine does not include India - I must find if it has been added recently!

In a number of cases I have had visa free entry as a NZ citizen (Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Australia) so do not need the card there.

In China I have used it once or twice without major hassles. It was more a matter of unfamiliarity on the part of officials that caused a slight ripple. eg the lack of a visa sticker in the passport needed to be explained on one occasion with reference to the card. As most airports have APEC cardholder lanes at customs this is usually not an issue. I did not feel under any threat of non-entry in China - which is what would happen without a visa as they have no visa on arrival arrangements.


India does not appear to be part of the APEC card list for NZ. It may be different for the UK but I doubt that it is.

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    India is not a part of APEC, so the odds of them allowing entry under an APEC card is... well.. Zero. – Doc Jan 29 '14 at 18:24
  • @Doc - I agree. I'm not sure how the holder of a UK passport is eligible to hold oneso, if so, as stated, maybe the"portal" is different and India is included in whatever he has. BUT I just realised that the country code for Indonesia (which IS on my card) has been confused with India. | ... – Russell McMahon Jan 30 '14 at 6:52
  • ... India does allow 'visa on arrival' for a small group of mostly obscure (unless you live in one) countries. This includes NZ but, interestingly, excludes the UK. NZ's inclusion may have some association with Sir Edmund Hillary, However, NZ just beat India at cricket so we can probably expect the VOA rights to be withdrawn any day now :-). – Russell McMahon Jan 30 '14 at 6:53
  • Sorry, its Indonesia, not India. And my passport does not matter so much, I got the APEC card as a HKG permanent residency holder. – uncovery Jan 30 '14 at 8:05
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I recently received my APEC card from the United States, but it did not work in Indonesia. The Indonesian officials are refusing to accept APEC cards issued by the US. I've been in touch with US folks about it and they are saying they are working to fix the problem, but its a matter of training the Indonesian customs officials which they have no control over.

Until Indonesia gets on board, US issued APEC card holders are out of luck.

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