APEC BUSINESS TRAVEL CARD (ABTC) Information

APEC BUSINESS TRAVEL CARD

General Information

Benefits for cardholders
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
  • 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.

Why the card was developed

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 investment activities.

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 the Scheme.

Participating Economies

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 States.
Who is eligible?
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 Hong Kong 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 criminal offence.
  • Some economies require additional information and may impose additional eligibility criteria. Refer to your home economy for information and the application form.

 

Documents Required For The Application Of APEC Card

1. The applicant (residing and engaged in business in the country):

i. Application Form (Please click here to download)
ii. A copy Malaysian Passport (validity minimum 5 years and above).
iii. A Copy of Identity Card
iv. Recent passport sized photograph – 1 piece (blue background)
v. Application letter from the applicants company (Companies Letterhead) with confirmation and affirmation on the applicants

  1. Name / Date of Birth / Identity Card Number / Passport
  2. Number Designation In The Compan
  3. Justification applying for an APEC Business Card Traveld.

vi. Supporting letter from Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (MCCM)
(Please bind the application documents according to the checklist)

2. Applicant (residing and engaged in business abroad):

i. Application Form (Please click here to download)
ii. A copy Malaysian Passport (validity minimum 3 years and above).
iii. A Copy of Identity Card
iv. Recent passport sized photograph – 1 piece (blue background
v. Application letter from the applicants company (Companies Letterhead) with confirmation and          affirmation on the applicants;

  1. Name / Date of Birth / Identity Card Number / Passport
  2. Number Designation In The Compan
  3. Justification applying for an APEC Business Card Travel

vi. Supporting letter from Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (MCCM)
vii. A copy of Work Permit or Permenant Residentship
(Please bind the application ducoments according to the checklist )

 

Contact details & How to apply

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 or please call us for details :-

Dewan Perniagaan Melayu Malaysia (DPMM),
No. 33 & 35, Plaza Damansara,
Jalan Medan Setia 1,
Bukit Damansara, 50490 Kuala Lumpur.

(i) NORHAYATI BT MOHAMED ALI (MS.)
Manager, Business Center
Tel: +603-2095 1792 / 2096 2233
Fax: +603-2094 0533 / 2096 2533
Email: coodpmm@gmail.com

 

 APEC BUSINESS TRAVEL CARD APPLICATION

INTERNAL

  1. Application form
  2. A copy of passport (more than 5 years validity)
  3. Latest Photograph Passport size (Blue Background)
  4. Letter from employer with original letterhead (comfirm, request & justifying application…)
  5. Supporting letter from Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (MCCM)
  6. Corporate information from Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM)

EXTERNAL

  1. Application Form
  2. A copy of passport (more than 5 years validity)
  3. Latest photograph passport size (blue banckground)
  4. Letter from employer with original letterhead (confirm, request & justifying application…)
  5. A copy of Work Permit/Permenent Residence ID
  6. Company Registration