ABTC Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC)?
The ABTC allows business travelers pre-cleared, facilitated short-term entry to participating member countries. The ABTC removes the need to individually apply for visas or entry permits, and allows multiple entries into participating countries during the five years the card is valid.
Who participates in the ABTC scheme?
APEC member economies fully participating in the scheme include Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, China, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, and Viet Nam. Canada and the United States are transitional members of the scheme.
How do I apply for an ABTC?
Applications for an ABTC are not made at the Australian Embassy in Vietnam. For information about how to apply and contact details of ABTC authorities, please visit www.travel.apec.org/apply.html.
My ABTC plastic card has expired. Can I still use it to travel to Australia?
No. If your ABTC plastic card has expired, you should apply for a new card using the link www.travel.apec.org/apply.html, or apply for an appropriate visa to travel to Australia.
Can I use my ABTC to travel to Australia for other purposes?
ABTC holders can travel for short and infrequent visits to Australia for other purposes, such as visiting family, provided that your ABTC card is valid at the time of your travel. If travelling for a non-business reason, you should not use the APEC fast track lanes or priority counters at Australian airports. If you are travelling for short and infrequent visits to Australia for non-business reasons, you do not need to notify us prior to your travel. If you require a longer stay in Australia, or more frequent travel for non-business reasons, you should apply for an appropriate visa.
Do I need to inform the Department of Home Affairs before I use my ABTC?
No. If your ABTC plastic card is valid for travel to Australia, and you are travelling for legitimate business reasons, you do not need to contact us or seek approval prior to your travel to Australia. You also do not need to notify us if you intend to travel for short and infrequent visits to Australia for other purposes, such as visiting family, using your valid ABTC plastic card. You only need to notify us if you intend to lodge a Visitor Visa application for a longer stay or more frequent travel to Australia, or if you intend to lodge an application for a different type of Australian visa.
What do I do if I have an ABTC and I want to stay longer as a tourist in Australia, or I am applying for a different type of Australian Visa?
If you are considering applying for a Visitor Visa for longer or more frequent stays in Australia, or you are applying for a different type of Australian visa such as a work visa, and you wish to continue to be able to use your ABTC for travel in the future, please contact us with your full name, date of birth and passport number, along with information on the type of visa you wish to apply for.
How do I know my ABTC plastic card is valid for travel to Australia?
The reverse side of your ABTC plastic card (the opposite side to your photograph) states which countries your card is valid for travel to. If you can see AUS in this list, your card is valid for travel to Australia until the expiry date printed on the front of the card. If we cancel your card for travel to Australia for any reason, we will notify you in writing.
I need to travel to Australia for business, but I have not received my plastic card yet, what do I do?
If you have applied for an ABTC, but have not yet received your card and need to travel to Australia urgently for business, please first contact the relevant local authority processing your ABTC application and confirm they have submitted your application and requested priority processing. Please contact us only if you have already discussed the status of your application with the relevant local authority.
Where can I find more information on the ABTC scheme?
Last updated 04 September 2018