How Do I Get APEC Business Travel Card?

By Alice Nichols

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card is an essential document for those travelling to participating economies within the APEC region. The card enables business travellers to move through customs and immigration quickly and easily, saving time and money.

The card is issued by a government agency in the home country of the traveller. It is valid for up to 3 years and requires an initial application as well as periodic renewal. To be eligible, applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of a participating APEC economy.

The application process varies from country to country, however most require some form of valid identity document such as a passport or national identity card, proof of employment such as a letter from an employer or business registration documents, and proof of address such as a utility bill or bank statement. Depending on the country in question, there may also be other requirements such as proof of financial solvency.

Once approved, the applicant will receive their APEC Business Travel Card which can then be used for travel within the region. The card can be used at airports, seaports and land border crossings in participating economies and allows business travellers to bypass regular immigration lines.


Getting an APEC Business Travel Card requires applicants to meet certain eligibility criteria and provide supporting documents. Once approved, they will receive their card which they can use to enjoy faster processing through immigration when travelling within the APEC region.