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Business travel card

Information about Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC)

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC) for Australian citizens

Using the ABTC

ABTC reciprocal entry arrangements are available in nearly all APEC economies, including:

  • Australia
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • China
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Chile
  • Hong Kong (SAR China)
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • the Philippines
  • the Russian Federation
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam.

Canada and the United States of America are transitional members of the ABTC scheme. Transitional members do not offer reciprocal entry arrangements, but do provide fast track immigration processing at major international airports.

Getting an ABTC

You can apply for an ABTC if:

  • You travel frequently to an APEC economy (other than Australia or your place of residence) for business purposes.
  • You have not been convicted of a criminal offence.
  • You are either:
    • 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 nomination form
    • a senior government official
  • Your business entity or Australian-based peak business body is engaged in international trade or investment between APEC economies. See Business assessment below for details. If you are living outside Australia, you must have permission to live and work within this economy of residence. Applicants may be required to provide evidence of their work and residence permit with their application

Business assessment

We will consider a business to be engaged in trade or investment between APEC economies if the business:

  • has received an Export Market Development Grant from Austrade in the past five years
  • has been a finalist in the Australian Export Awards in the past five years
  • is listed on the current Forbes Global 2000 business list
  • is an accredited Australian Trusted Trader.

Alternatively, we may consider a business to be engaged in trade or investment activities between APEC economies, if the application provides supporting evidence of each of the following:

  • The business is lawfully registered in the economy in which it is operating. Supporting evidence might include:
    • an Australian or overseas business registration certificate that can be verified with the issuing authority
    • an Australian Business Number (if applicable)
    • registration with the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (if applicable).
  • The business is trading goods, services or conducting investment activities between APEC economies. Supporting evidence might include:
    • publicly available product/service information that identifies goods or services that the business trades internationally
    • reputable business clients who receive a good/service from the business
    • a copy of a lease or other document evidencing an address and location of an office of the business in another APEC economy
    • a business licence or other document evidencing approval to establish and operate an office in an APEC economy.
  • If the business is a start-up operation, there is clear evidence of viability, sound business planning, market research and product/s or services to be traded. Supporting evidence might include:
    • business plans
    • reputable business clients
    • news articles
    • financial or other documents that might reasonably attest to the bonafide establishment of a start-up operation
    • a letter of support from a recognised business peak body where a member who might not otherwise have available evidence that they are a start-up operation.