Apec Business Card Travel Card

The APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) is a card that was issued to Business travellers and senior Government Officials who meet certain requirements.

Nineteen countries are participating economies in The APEC Business Travel Card Scheme currently includes Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, China, Hong Kong, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, the Philippines, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, and Viet Nam.

When travelling to APEC economies that is a fully participating members, The APEC Business Travel Cardholders do not need to submit a separate application for a visa if they have been granted preclearance to that economy. The granting of preclearance is at the discretion of each APEC economy and it remains the right of each APEC economy to determine who may travel to, enter, and remain in that economy even after a person has been issued a The APEC Business Travel Card.

The APEC Business Travel Card is not intended to replace the passport. Valid passports remain a primary traveller identification document and The APEC Business Travel Cardholders will be required to present their passport and ABTC on arrival and departure in participating economies. 

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When travelling to a The APEC Business Travel Card economy that is a transitional member, The APEC Business Travel Cardholders will need to present any travel or identity documentation required, such as a passport and visa or travel authorization.

Travellers are exempted from applying for a visa only from economies listed on the back of their The APEC Business Travel Card. If you wish to travel to an economy that is not listed on the back of your The APEC Business Travel Card, you must present any visa, travel or identity document that is required by your destination economy for entry. However, any cardholder can use the fast-track lane in APEC economies’ airports regardless of which economies’ names are listed on the back of the card.

APEC economies may issue cards with a maximum validity of five years. Please check the expiration date on your card. 

The APEC Business Travel Card is not spent for tourism purposes, but some economies may facilitate entry for cardholders depending on their circumstances.

In addition, the card cannot be used for travel by:

  • Students;
  • A business person’s spouse and children;
  • Persons who wish to engage in paid employment or a working holiday;
  • Professional athletes, news correspondents, entertainers, musicians, artists or persons engaged in similar occupations.

Written by Vietnam Immigration and Visa Consultation | Thu, Jul 02, 2020