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The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Business Travel Card

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Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, international travel has been severely curtailed, or even suspended in some circumstances. The restrictions to visa and visa processing has also had a direct impact on the ABTC Scheme and its cardholders. It is important that those wishing to travel using an ABTC should monitor entry restrictions in your travel destination to ensure that you will not be denied entry or placed into mandatory quarantine upon arrival.

These are extraordinary times that we are witnessing around the world, however, please be assured that work will continue to encourage and support ABTC holders being considered for travel as a priority when the restrictions on international travel are lifted.

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.

ABTC Economy Entry Requirements

Applicants can access a full list of entry requirements for each economy here.  

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


Information for Australian passport holders ( ) 

Information for non-Australian passport holders (  )

[email protected]

Brunei Darussalam

[email protected] 


[email protected]


 [email protected]


[email protected]

Hong Kong, China

[email protected]


 [email protected]


Information for Japan passport holders (  

[email protected]


Information and Application system for Korea passport holders
Call center of KITA: 82-1566-5114

Officer in Charge: [email protected]


Department Of Immigration Malaysia ,
Visa, Pass & Permit Division ,
No.15, 1st Floor (Podium)
Persiaran Perdana , Precint 2,
Federal Government Administration Centre
(APEC Business Travel Card Unit )

Officer In Charge : 03-88801515                     
Processing Officer : 03-88801174 / 03-88801496 (All inquiries)
Fax  : 03-88801383
Email : [email protected]


[email protected]

[email protected]

[email protected]

New Zealand

Information for New Zealand passport holders

Information of non-New Zealand passport holders

[email protected]

Papua New Guinea

[email protected]


[email protected]

[email protected]

The Philippines

Fax No: +632 836-7763
email address: [email protected]



[email protected]



Information for Singapore passport holders


[email protected]

Chinese Taipei

[email protected]


Information and Application system for Thailand passport holders:


[email protected] 

[email protected]


United States

Toll Free: 1-877-CBP-5511 (877-227-5511)

Outside the United States: 202-325-8000

Viet Nam


Email: [email protected]and [email protected]