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APEC Card Overview

The APEC Business Travel Card facilitates short-term business travel within the APEC region (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) for business travellerss who meet certain requirements. Benefits of the APEC Business Travel Card include:

  • Visa-free travel throughout the Asia-Pacific region for qualified individuals
  • Priority entry and exit through fast-track immigration queues at participating ports of entry
  • Five-year validity—five years of visa free travel!

To apply, travellerss must first make a single application to the Australian Gov. Dept. of Home Affairs. Once the application has been assessed and if it meets the relevant criteria and is approved, their details are passed to other participating members/economies for consideration. The applicant is permitted to nominate up to five priority economies for APEC Business Travel Card consideration.

These economies will then separately grant pre-clearance if they feel the applicant meets the criteria. Once all economies have made a decision, the applicant receives an interim card that lists the economies they are permitted to travel without a visa on the back of the card.

Once all other APEC economies have processed the application a full ABTC card will be issued. These economies do not permit pre-clearance just permit fast-track entry and exit through APEC lanes.

VisasDirect can help you secure your APEC Card. To start your application call 03 9673 1537 today!

Benefits of holding an APEC Card

  • Multiple entries to precleared APEC economies without having to apply for a visa each time.
  • Fast-track entry and exit through special APEC lanes at participating airports. These lanes can be used across all APEC economies airports regardless of which ones they have pre-clearance for.
  • Five-year validity—five years of visa free travel!


  • Hold a passport from an APEC economy
  • Engage in regular business travel throughout the APEC region or to an APEC economy
  • No criminal convictions
  • You are either:
    • The CEO, 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 organization
    • A senior government official
  • Your business entity or Australian-based business body is engaged in international trade or investment between APEC economies

Participating Economies

19 APEC economies are fully participating members

  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • Chile
  • China
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Hong Kong
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • The Philippines
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

VisasDirect can help you secure your APEC Card. To start your application call 03 9673 1537 or email [email protected] today!