The APEC Business
Travel Card (ABTC) cuts though the red tape of business travel, and gives
frequent business travellers pre-cleared entry to participating APEC
economies. Card holders enjoy:
Fast-track entry and exit through special APEC lanes at major
airports, and multiple short term entry to these economies for a
minimum of 59 days stay each visit (click
here for details).
No need to individually apply for visas or entry permits each
time you travel to any of the participating APEC economies as
the card is your visa.
Cards are valid for three
years from first issue.
The APEC Business
Travel Card was developed in response to the need for business
people to gain streamlined entry to the economies of the
Asia-Pacific region. This enables business people to explore new
business opportunities, attend meetings and conduct trade and
The card was originally
trialled in 1997 with three APEC members (Australia, Korea, and the
Philippines) and was expanded in April 1998 to include Chile and
Hong Kong (China). After a successful evaluation, the scheme
commenced permanent operations from 1 March 1999, when New Zealand
and Malaysia announced their participation. Brunei Darussalam, Peru
and Thailand joined the scheme in February 2001, China in February
2002, and Indonesia in August 2002. Since then, Chinese Taipei,
Japan, Singapore, PNG, Vietnam and most recently Mexico have signed on to
Read more about
possible future expansion of the ABTC Scheme
There are 21 economies currently participating in the ABTC
Scheme: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, China, Hong Kong (China),
Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, PNG, Peru, the
Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand and Vietnam. Canada, the Russian Federation and the United States are currently Transitional Members of the scheme, which allow cardholders from all participating economies to use 'fast-track' immigration lanes (currently designated
for air-crew) at major international airports.
Please note: Cardholders will still need to present valid
passports and visas if required by existing United States and/or
Canadian law. Expedited visa interview scheduling will be provided to APEC Cardholders at United States embassies and consulates in APEC economies in cases
where a visa is required for the Cardholder to travel to the United
If you want to apply
for the card you need to be a business person who:
Is a passport holder of a
participating economy i.e. citizen (or a
permanent resident with any valid travel document);
Travels frequently to conduct
trade and investment activities in the APEC region; and
Has not been convicted of a
Some economies require additional information and may impose
additional eligibility criteria. Refer to your home
economy for information and the application form.
If you are a business
person who meets these criteria and you want to apply for a card,
all you need to do is get in contact with the government agency
responsible for the ABTC Scheme in your home economy.
to see contact details.