As the name suggests, the APEC Business Travel Card is a physical card, and eligible persons should note that the card is normally valid for a period of up to 5 years. Once obtained successfully, you will be able to enjoy multiple visits of 2 to 3 months per stay in the participating APEC economies for business purposes.
A businessperson will no longer need to apply for a specific business visa anymore for travel to the APEC region if pre-clearance has been granted before the card expires. The APEC Business Travel Card helps you to operate your business smoothly across borders and minimizes your time devoted to getting the right visa from authorities every time when you need to travel for business.
Who is eligible to apply for the APEC Business Travel Card?
Basically, a businessperson that is residing in Hong Kong is eligible to submit an application for the APEC Business Travel Card if he or she holds a Hong Kong permanent identity card as well as a valid passport. Also, the applicant who would like to apply for the card should not be previously denied entry to any of the participating economies, and the applicant must have never been convicted of any criminal offences. An applicant must also be a true businessperson who has substantiated needs to travel frequently on short term visits within the APEC region to fulfil business commitments.
The APEC Business Travel Card is made especially for boosting and facilitating commerce within the APEC region and is offered only to persons who will conduct genuine business affairs within the APEC region on a frequent basis. Therefore, as long as you are a permanent resident in Hong Kong, the scheme is perfectly suited to help you manage and grow your business within the APEC region.
Below is a list of the APEC economies participating in the scheme:
- Brunei Darussalam
- People’s Republic of China
- Hong Kong (China)
- Republic of Korea
- New Zealand
- Papua New Guinea
- The Philippines
- Chinese Taipei
What are the benefits of holding an APEC Business Travel Card?
If you are a frequent business traveller, then the APEC Business Travel Card can:
- Fast-track your entry or exit at participating airports through special APEC lanes.
- If you are travelling to any one of the fully participating member nations of the APEC, you can make multiple, short-term visits without making separate permit applications each time.
Do you need a visa and passport if you hold an APEC Business Travel Card?
There are several countries listed on the back of the APEC Business Travel Card. If you need to travel to any of these countries, you do not need to apply for a visa if you hold the APEC Business Travel Card.
For travelling to any of the fully participating members of the APEC economy, you do not need to apply for a separate visa if you have already been granted pre-clearance. However, it is at the discretion of each APEC country to determine if you can be allowed to enter, travel and remain in the country even if you hold an APEC Business Travel Card.
Your APEC Business Travel Card is not a replacement for a passport. You will need to have a valid passport to travel to any of the participating APEC nations. Your passport is your primary identification document when travelling and you must present it on your arrival and departure from any of these countries. Travellers should check for any additional entry requirements before travelling to their destination APEC country.