Has anybody used the APEC card for attending business meetings etc in Singapore?
I've just been told by our Singapore customer's HR department that the APEC card is not a visa... it just allows me to enter the country.
I've had the card for years and this is the first time that I've been stopped from attending a workplace without having an additional visa.
Called Singapore's MoM and was told that I needed to apply for a Social Visit pass upon arrival and then complete an eNotification to satisfy the visa requirements of Singapore.
Sounds like SG red tape to me and completely defeats the purpose of having SG on the APEC Card system!
Having travelled may times into Singpore on business to meet with clients etc., and even informing the immigration officer that the purpose of my visit to Singapore is for business meetings, I've never been informed that that I need to have anything other than the regular entry permit stamp that is given on entry. In fact, looking at the Singapore immigration card, there's not even anything on it that asks for the purpose of the visit.
It would appear that if you are intending to stay for a period longer than normally permitted by the social vist pass which is granted on entry into Singapore. Check the following link:
ICA - Business Visitor