The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC) facilitates short-term business travel within the APEC region by streamlining the entry process into APEC economies. The ‘apply once, information used for multiple purposes’ approach is used which means that applicants are only required to make on application for permission to enter participating economies. Successful applicants from fully participating economies are issued with a five-year card that serves as the entry authority to other fully participating economies which have granted pre-clearance for short-term business travel of up to 60 or 90 days. The card also enables holders to fast track immigration processing at each economy’s major international airports. Note that Canada and the United States of America (the United States) are transitional members of the ABTC scheme and do not offer reciprocal entry arrangements, but do provide fast track immigration processing at major international airports. 

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply for an ABTC you must hold a valid passport from an APEC economy (or be a permanent resident of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (Hong Kong, China), engage in regular business travel throughout the APEC region and have no criminal conviction. Each economy has the discretion to impose additional eligibility criteria on their applicants. Further information about the eligibility criteria of each economy is available through the domestic websites of each economy, accessible via the contact details below.

Senior government officials and officials actively engaged in APEC business may also be eligible for an ABTC. As each economy will define a “senior government official” according to its own bureaucratic structure, please contact your home economy to determine whether you meet this criteria. 

Application Process

Applicants make a single application to the economy for which they hold a passport (home economy), or have permanent residence in the case of Hong Kong, China. If this economy assesses the application as meeting the relevant criteria, the applicant’s details are provided to the other participating economies who conduct their own assessment of whether to grant pre-clearance. When all economies have made a pre-clearance decision, the applicant receives an ABTC that lists the economies to which they have permission to travel. Each economy is responsible for managing the processing of their own pre-clearance applications and no economy has any influence over the processing timeframes of another.  

ABTC Pre-clearance Status Tracker

Once the home economy has approved the application, applicants can monitor which economies have provided pre-clearance using the ABTC Pre-clearance Status Tracker. If you are applying through Canada or the United States, you may check your application status through your TTP account.

Economy Contact Details and Frequently Asked Questions

A list of frequently asked questions about the ABTC are available here. Any additional questions should be directed to your home economy.

  • Questions about applying for the ABTC are managed by your home economy.
  • Questions about the status of your pre-clearance application with a particular economy are managed by that economy.
  • Questions about the requirements for travelling to a particular economy using your ABTC are managed by the economy to which you intend to travel.

Each economy has information about the ABTC, including relevant contact points available on their domestic websites below. Please consult this information prior to contacting an economy directly.

Economy Website Contact

Australia

Information for Australian passport holders (https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/busi/trav/apec/for-australian-citizens ) 


Information for non-Australian passport holders (https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/busi/trav/apec/for-foreign-applicants )

abtc@homeaffairs.gov.au

Brunei Darussalam

http://www.immigration.gov.bn

info@immigration.gov.bn 

Canada

http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/prog/abtc-cvaa/menu-eng.html

abtc-cvaa@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

Chile

http://www.extranjeria.gov.cl/

 aroa@interior.gov.cl

China

http://cs.mfa.gov.cn/zggmcg/apecshlxk/

abtc@mfa.gov.cn

Hong Kong

http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/apec_business_travel_card.html

visitors@immd.gov.hk

Indonesia

http://www.imigrasi.go.id/

 abtc@imigrasi.go.id

Japan

Information for Japan passport holders (http://www.mofa.go.jp/mofaj/gaiko/apec/btc/index.html)  


Information for non-Japan passport holders (link to be provided)

abtc@mofa.go.jp

Korea

Information and Application system for Korea passport holders
Website: http://abtc.kita.net.
Call center of KITA: 82-1566-5144

Officer in Charge: kimsh125@korea.kr

Malaysia

Department Of Immigration Malaysia ,
Visa, Pass & Permit Division ,
No.15, 1st Floor (Podium)
Persiaran Perdana , Precint 2,
Federal Government Administration Centre
62550 PUTRAJAYA
(ATTN: Mr Badrulhafiz bin Sulaiman - APEC Business Travel Card Unit )

Officer In Charge : 03-88801515                     
Processing Officer : 03-88801174 / 03-88801496 (All inquiries)
Fax  : 03-88801383
Email : badrulhafiz@imi.gov.my

Mexico

www.gob.mx/inm

furbina@inami.gob.mx

jgonzalezur@inami.gob.mx

vperez@inami.gob.mx

New Zealand

Information for New Zealand passport holders

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/documents/forms-and-guides/apec.pdf


Information of non-New Zealand passport holders https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/apply-for-a-visa/about-visa/apec-business-travel-card

abtc@mbie.govt.nz

Papua New Guinea

http://www.immigration.gov.pg/apec/42-apec-business-travel-card-scheme.html

abtc@immigration.gov.pg

Peru

http://www.rree.gob.pe/SitePages/abtc.aspx

cdelcastillo@rree.gob.pe

fsarcoj@rree.gob.pe

The Philippines

https://dfa.gov.ph/109-apec-business-travel-card/158-apec-business-travel-card


https://www.dfa.gov.ph/transparency/job-vacancies/158-presentation-of-credentials

Frank R. Cimafranca
Assistant Secretary 
Office of Consular Affairs
Department of Foreign Affairs

Ryan Francis D. Gener
Visa Director
Office of Consular Affairs
Department of Foreign Affairs

Shariena Lyn R. Sarmiento
ABTC Philippines Desk
Visa Division
Office of Consular Affair
Department of Foreign Affairs
Telephone No: (+632) 8367763
Fax No: (+632) 8367763
email address: abtc.ph@gmail.com / abtc@oca.dfa.gov.ph 

Russia

 

vladimir.kristov@yahoo.com

 

Singapore

Information for Singapore passport holders


www.ica.gov.sg


https://eabtc.ica.gov.sg

 

ICA_ABTC@ica.gov.sg

Chinese Taipei

http://www.boca.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=3040&CtNode=726&mp=1

abtc@boca.gov.tw

Thailand

Information and Application system for Thailand passport holders: 


http://www.abtc-jsccib.org


http://www.jsccib.org/th/home/apec_business

 

abtc@jsccib.org 

sutee@jsccib.org

 

United States

https://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/apec-faqs

Toll Free: 855-USE GOES (873-4637)

Outside the United States: 202-325-8060

Viet Nam

https://lanhsuvietnam.gov.vn/Lists/BaiViet/B%C3%A0i%20vi%E1%BA%BFt/DispForm.aspx?List=dc7c7d75-6a32-4215-afeb-47d4bee70eee&ID=93

Website: https://www.immigration.gov.vn

Email: abtc@immigration.gov.vn and htqta72@gmail.com