APEC Busines Travel Card

Are you a business person who does a lot of travelling to APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) countries? Are you tired of waiting in line countless times to clear customs and get the heck to the series of meetings you have lined up in places like Shanghai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, or Manila? Or any of the countless cities in the 21 member countries around the Pacific Rim? Would you like a card that expedites your travel and allows quick clearance at APEC-member ports of entry?
Say hello to the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC)! Here's what the APEC Business Travel Card does for you:
  • Fast-track entry and exit at APEC lanes at participating APEC-nation airports;
  • Multiple-entry visa for stays of 60 to 90 days each;
  • No need to apply for visas each time you travel;
  • The APEC Business Travel Card is your visa (in participating countries);
  • Your APEC Business Travel Card is valid for 3 years.
  • For APEC business travellers from countries other than Canada and the USA, Canada and the USA provide expedited lanes, but under existing Canadian or American immigration programs. (Canada and the USA are Transitional Members of the ABTC scheme, at the current time.)
  • Canadian APEC Card holders must be NEXUS members as well and may use Trusted Traveller kiosks when they return to Canada.

Are you eligible?

To be eligible for the ABTC scheme, you must:
  • Be a citizen of a participating APEC nation with a valid passport;
  • Travel frequently for trade or investment purposes in the APEC region;
  • Have not been convicted of a criminal offence;
  • Each participating APEC nation may impose additional criteria. Check with your home country for details.
  • Canadian applicants must be NEXUS members, before they apply for an ABTC. Your ABTC is valid for 3 years or until your NEXUS card and/or your Canadian passport expires.
  • If your NEXUS membership is revoked, your ABTC will no longer be valid.

Participating APEC Nations

What countries are participating in the ABTC Scheme?
Australia Chile Indonesia Malaysia Papua New Guinea Singapore Russia
Brunei China Japan Mexico Peru Taiwan United States
(Transitional Member)
(Transitional Member)
Hong Kong South Korea New Zealand Philippines Thailand Vietnam

How to Apply

For Canadians and Americans: To apply you will have to register with the Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. through the Trusted Traveller Program, which is how ABTC program membership is applied for in Canada and the USA.
  • Trusted Traveller Program website is a website that allows you to apply online for the Trusted Traveller Programs run by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection or CBP. If you already have a GOES profile then you can log in and apply for your APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) right away through the TTP website. If not, you must register with login.gov and TTP and then, if eligible, you can then apply for your ABTC.
  • The non-refundable fee is US$75.00.
  • For more information, contact the following email address: ABTC-CVAA@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

How to Apply in Other Countries

Country Application Check Status Contact Information
Australia Application BMG Status Page APEC Business Processing Unit
Department of Immigration and Citizenship
Email: abtc@immi.gov.au
Brunei Darussalam Application - Note: Brunei's APEC site is currently down. Mr Azmi Haji Hafneh
Department of Immigration and National Registration
Ministry of Home Affairs
Brunei Darussalam
Fax: +673 2 381045
Ph: +673 2 380356
Email: immippk@brunet.bn
Canada TTP The application status for Canadian ABTC applications can be checked by accessing your TTP account ABTC-CVAA@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca
Chile Application BMG Status Page Ms. Ana Maria Roa
Legal Section
Migration Department
Ministry of the Interior and Public Security
San Antonio No 580, 6th Floor, Santiago. CHILE
Ph: +56 2 2486 3115
Email: aroa@interior.gov.cl
China BMG Status Page Ms Sun Ying
Division of Foreign Visa Application
Consular Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of P.R.C.
Email: abtc@mfa.gov.cn
Hong Kong Application BMG Status Page Other Visas and Permits Section
Hong Kong Immigration Department
Tel: (852) 2829 3141
Fax: (852) 2824 1161
Email: visitors@immd.gov.hk
Indonesia Application BMG Status Page ABTC Processing Unit
Email: abtc@imigrasi.go.id
Japan Applcation BMG Status Page APEC Division
Economic Affairs Bureau
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ph: +81-3-3580-3311
Fax: +81-3-5501-8340
E-mail: abtc@mofa.go.jp
South Korea BMG Status Page Korea Immigration Service
Ministry of Justice
47 Gwanmunro
Gwacheon-si, Gyeonggi-do, 427-720
Ph: +822 2110 4043
Fax: +822 2110 0373
Email: okkev813@korea.kr (Name: PARK, Byeung Gun)
Malaysia Application BMG Status Page For further information contact:
Department Of Immigration Malaysia ,
Visa, Pass & Permit Division ,
No.15, 1st Floor (Podium)
Persiaran Perdana , Precint 2,
Federal Government Administration Centre
(ATTN: Mdm Kasthuri Bai Venugopal, APEC Business Travel Card Unit )
Officer In Charge : 03-88801515
Processing Officer : 03-88801174 / 03-88801496 (All inquiries)
Fax  : 03-88801383
Email : 1GovUC\kasthuri.imi.gov.my , 1GovUC\abtc.imi.gov.my
Mexico Application BMG Status Page Contact Information:
National Immigration Institute
Phone: +52 (55) 53-87-24-00 Ext. 18502
Fax: +52 (55) 55-57-98-74
Web: https://www.gob.mx/inm
New Zealand Application Check Status APEC Business Travel Card
Auckland Central Area Office
PO Box 76895
New Zealand
Ph: +64 9 928 2186
Fax: +64 9 914 4118
Email: abtc@mbie.govt.nz
Papua New Guinea Application  Check Status ABTC Unit
Visa & Passport Division
PNG Immigration & Citizenship Service Authority
Ph: +675 323 1500 / 1503 / 1506
Fax: +675 325 5206
Email: abtc@immigration.gov.pg
Peru Application Check Status Peruvian Commission on the ABTC Scheme - Executive Secretariat
Jiron Lampa 545 - Lima 1
Ph: (511) 204-3311, (511) 204-3299 or (511) 204-3317
The Philippines Application Check Status Mr. Emmanuel P. Paulino
ABTC Philippines Desk
Visa Division
Department of Foreign Affairs
Ph: +63 2 834 4854
Ph: +63 2 834 3707
Fax: +63 2 831 8971
Email: visa@dfa.gov.ph
The Russian Federation Mr. Vladimir Kristov
Senior Counsellor
Consular Department
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia
e-mail: vladimir.kristov@yahoo.com
tel. +7 (499)244-12-14
fax +7 (499)244-24-76
Singapore Application Email: ICA_ABTC@ica.gov.sg Immigration & Checkpoints Authority
Ph: +65 6391 6366
Ph: +65 6391 6368
Email: ICA_ABTC@ica.gov.sg
Chinese Taipei Download Check Status Ms May-lin Lin
Bureau of Consular Affairs
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ph: +886 2 2343 2975
Fax: +886 2 2343 2908
Email: abtc@boca.gov.tw
Thailand Applcation Check Status Office of the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) of Thailand
150/2 Rajbopit Road, Bangkok 10200
Consular Affairs Department
Ph: +66 2 225 5474, +66 2 622 1111-4 ext. 420, 422, 423
Fax: +66 2 622 2184
United States Application TTP www.cbp.gov
Viet Nam     Vu Thanh Nhan
Immigration Department
Ministry of Public Security
Email: nhan3bin@gmail.com


Do I, as an ABTC member, have to declare goods when returning?

  • CBSA Declaration Card (Form E311): To declare any goods you are carrying when returning by plane to Canada. You're a seasoned traveller. You know the drill. You still have to do this. It takes all of 5 minutes usually.
  • Traveller Declaration Card (TDC): If you are carrying goods that exceed your personal exemptions, you still have to fill out this card when returning to Canada. Taxes or duties can be paid at a cashier located near customs.

What do Foreign APEC Business Travel Card holders have to show at customs in Canada?

At your designated APEC lane in participating Canadian airports, you will be required to show the following documents:
  • Valid APEC Business Travel Card;
  • Valid passport;
  • Visa - if required for travellers to Canada from your country;
  • Work Permit - if required depending on the nature of your business in Canada.

Where can I use the APEC Business Travel Card when entering Canada?

The designated Canadian airports participating in the ABTC scheme are:
  • Vancouver
  • Edmonton
  • Calgary
  • Winnipeg
  • Toronto
  • Ottawa
  • Montreal
  • Halifax

Where can I use my ABTC?

Country Airports Length of stay granted to foreign ABTC holders
Australia APEC lanes are signposted, located at the far left of immigration concourses, and are shared with aircrew. They are available in both the arrival and departure halls of the following major airports:
  • Adelaide
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Darwin
  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
90 days
Brunei Darussalam Brunei International Airport 90 days
  • Vancouver
  • Edmonton
  • Calgary
  • Winnipeg
  • Toronto
  • Ottawa
  • Montreal
  • Halifax
Valid visas must be obtained if required by existing Canadian law.
Chile Santiago International Airport 90 days
  • Beijing International Airport
  • Pudong International Airport (Shanghai)
60 days
Hong Kong (China) Hong Kong International Airport
APEC Lanes are also available at selected ferry points and land crossings
60 days
  • Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (Jakarta)
  • Ngurah Rai International Airport (Bali)
  • Polonia International Airport (Medan)
  • Juanda International Airport (Surabaya)
  • Batam International Ferry Ports
60 days
  • Narita International Airport (Narita)
  • Haneda Airport (Tokyo)
  • Kansai International Airport (Osaka)
  • Central Japan International Airport (Centrair, Nagoya)
90 days
South Korea Incheon International Airport (Seoul) 90 days
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur International Airport 60 days
Mexico APEC Cardholders are entitled to use immigration lanes currently designated for  air-crew upon entry at major international airports. Where possible, APEC lanes are signposted. 90 days
New Zealand
  • Auckland International Airport
  • Christchurch International Airport
  • Wellington International Airport.
90 days
Papua New Guinea Jackson International Airport (Port Moresby) 60 days
Peru Jorge Chavez International Airport (Lima) 90 days
Philippines Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Manila) 59 days
Singapore Changi International Airport (Singapore) 60 days
  • Chiang Kai Shek International Airport (Taipei)
  • Kaohsiung International Airport
90 days
  • Bangkok International Airport
  • Phuket International Airport
  • Chiang Mai International Airport
90 days
United States APEC Cardholders are entitled to use 'fast-track' immigration lanes (which in most instances is the air-crew lane) upon entry at all international airports. Valid visas must be obtained if required by existing United States law
  • Noi Bai International Airport (Hanoi)
  • Tan Son Nhat International Airport (Ho Chi Minh City)
60 days


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