What is the APEC Business Travel card?
You may or may not have heard of the APEC Business Travel card (ABTC). It's a business travel card that allows for fast and efficient travel for business people within the Asia Pacific region.
APEC countries or economies, where the ABTC reciprocal entry arrangements are available in nearly all APEC economies, including:
- Brunei Darussalam
- Chinese Taipei
- Hong Kong (SAR China)
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- the Philippines
- the Russian Federation
Please note that Canada and the United States are transitional members of the schemeTransitional members do not offer reciprocal entry arrangements, but do provide fast track immigration processing at major international airports.
APEC countries allow for:
- visa free travel (for 60-90 days)
- fast entry into their countries
- identifies your passport details
- lists the economies you can enter and stay in (for a period of up to 60 or 90 days, depending on the economy) without separately applying for a visa
- provides access to fast-track entry and exit lanes at major airports of participating economies
- is valid for five years from the date of issue, or until your passport expires, whichever is earlier.
Requirements for the APEC Business Travel card
- Australian citizen business people will be able to apply online for the ABTC. Current cost is $200 AUD - Last checked 30 May 2020.
- You travel frequently to an APEC economy other than Australia or your place of residence (constituting a minimum of four visits during the previous 12 month period).
- You have not been convicted of a criminal offence.
- the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Chief Financial Officer (CFO) or regional or country head of a registered business entity
- an owner or director of a registered business entity
- a board member of a registered business entity
- the CEO or CFO of an Australian-based business peak body
- a Vice President, Executive, Director, Senior Manager or similar
- an employee of a registered business entity nominated by the CEO, CFO, regional head, owner or director of the organisation. See the Pro-forma nomination letter (20KB PDF)
- a senior government official (defined as a member of the Australian Public Service who is at the Senior Executive Service level or above, or a state/territory equivalent)