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APEC Business Travel Card

APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Scheme

The aim of the Scheme is to enhance the mobility of business travellers among the APEC economies, thus promoting business within the region.

The ABTC is plastic and the size of a credit card. It is normally valid for three years. The card is good for multiple visits of two to three months to participating economies without the need for a visa if pre-clearance has been granted.

For card holders travelling to a participating economy where pre-clearance has been granted, they can use the special service lanes at selected control points for entry and exit clearance and enjoy streamlined immigration clearance upon presentation of the card and their valid national passport. In Hong Kong, card holders are allowed to use "resident" counters where available.

Card holders can use the special service lanes at selected control points of participating economies regardless of whether pre-clearance has been granted by that economy. For card holders travelling to a participating economy where pre-clearance has not been granted, they are still subject to usual immigration clearance process, such as presenting valid passports and where applicable, valid visas.

Effective from November 19, 2006, card holders travelling to the United States can use the "fast-track" lanes (currently designated for aircrew) for passenger clearance at all international airports in the United States upon entry. However, ABTC holders are still subject to the usual immigration clearance process as applicable to other travellers, such as presenting valid passports and where applicable, valid visas for the United States. Should an ABTC holder require a visa for urgent business travel and find that there are no appointments available for the next working day, he/she may fax the US Consulate General's office at 2147 3586 to request a special appointment slot.

Since January 1, 2008, card holders have been able to use the special service lanes for passenger clearance at the major international airports in Canada upon entry. ABTC holders may follow signage with the APEC logo to access the lane. However, they are still subject to the usual immigration clearance process as applicable to other travellers, such as presenting valid passports and where applicable, valid visas for Canada.

Participating Economies

The APEC economies participating in the Scheme are :

Eligibility

A business person residing in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region may apply for an ABTC if he/she:

A bona fide business person is taken to mean a person who is engaged in the trade of goods, the provision of services or the conduct of investment activities. It does not include entertainers, musicians, artists or persons engaged in similar occupations.

Application Form Completion and Submission

As the application will be referred to other participating APEC economies, the application form (ID900)should be completed in English in block letters and black or blue ink, with your photograph affixed on it and enclosed with :

  1. a photocopy of your Hong Kong permanent identity card (only the side with your personal particulars and photograph is required);
  2. a photocopy of your valid passport showing your personal particulars, nationality, dates of issue and expiry;
  3. another identical photograph of yourself; and
  4. a letter from your employing company supporting your application.

With effect from November 1, 2008, you may nominate a maximum of five economies which you need to visit as a priority when you submit your application. The nominated economies will expedite the processing of your application as far as possible. Nomination of economies is optional. If you wish to make the nomination, please complete the "Options for receiving an interim card" (SF/IM/1609) and submit it together with your application.

The completed application form and "Options for receiving an interim card" (if applicable) should be sent by post or in person to the Other Visas and Permits Section, Immigration Department, 7/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

Fees

The current prescribed fee for new issue of the card is HK$427; a fee of HK$165 will be charged for card replacement for the remainder of its validity period. The fee is payable upon collection in cash, by EPS, by cashier order, bank draft or crossed cheque made payable either to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region" or "The Government of the HKSAR". Cash should not be sent.

Issue and Collection

The card will be issued to you if you have fully met the eligibility criteria and have been pre-cleared by at least one APEC economy.

You may collect the card either in person or authorise a representative to do it on your behalf. Upon collection, you/your authorised representative must produce your original valid passport for inspection if this has not been done when you submit the application.

Additional Information

If you wish to get more information about the Scheme, please contact us on telephone number (852) 2824 6111, by fax (852) 2877 7711 or by email enquiry@immd.gov.hk. You may also visit the APEC official website for further information on the Scheme.