How to Apply for APEC Business Travel Card in Malaysia?

Learn more about eligibility, visa requirements and application process of APEC Business Travel Cards. At Beyond Borders, the Business Consulting firm, we can help bona fide business travellers file for an APEC Business Travel Card. We enable our clients to grow their careers, wherever their dreams and opportunities take them. Read on to find out if this suits your circumstances and contact Links International for more information, consultation or to make an enquiry. 

What is the APEC Business Travel Card?

The APEC Business Travel Card is for bona fide business travelers wanting to apply for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC) under the ABTC Scheme. The APEC Business Travel Card enables applicants to travel within the APEC economies.

What is the APEC Business Travel Card Scheme? 

The aim of the ABTC Scheme is to enhance the free mobility of business travellers among the APEC economies, thereby promoting free-flowing business within all the participating countries. Check whether your country is represented in the ABTC Scheme in the list of APEC Card countries: 

The APEC card countries participating in the Scheme are : (19 countries)

  • Australia
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Chile
  • People’s Republic of China
  • Hong Kong (China)
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Republic of Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • The Philippines
  • Russia
  • Singapore
  • Chinese Taipei
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

The APEC Business Travel card is plastic and similar in size and shape to a credit card. It is normally valid for five years. Please note however that the APEC Business Travel Card is good for multiple visits of two to three months to participating economies. 

Who Can Apply for the APEC Business Travel Card?

Eligible Applicants

a. Malaysian citizen only.

b. The members of the Administration & Professional, The Dignitaries, Senior Government Officials or equivalent Senior Government Officials frequently travels to the Asia Pacific Region with APEC countries must be endorsed by the Ministry or Department concerned.

c. The members of the business and investment community who has activities of trade and investment with the (21) economies. The members of the business and investment community must be endorsed by the appointed regulatory agencies through a Supporting Letter.

Non Eligible Applicants

a. Name or Company in the criminal record of the applicant or the black list:
i. Royal Malaysian Police.
ii. Immigration Department of Malaysia.

b. Applicant from liability (Spouse or children).

c. Athletes, journalists, entertainers, musician’s artists or equivalent.

d. People who want to engage in employment or work while on vacation.

e. Enterprise status companies.

The APEC Business Travel Card Application Process 

The APEC Business Travel Card application will be processed and reviewed in tandem with other participating APEC economies and countries. Therefore, the application form should be completed in capital letters and black ink, with the applicant’s photograph affixed on it. Attached the following documents must be included for successful APEC card application:

a. A Copy of applicant Identity Card.

b. A copy Malaysian Passport (validity minimum 3 years and above).

c. Recent passport sized photograph – 1 piece ( blue background ).

d. Application letter from the applicants Company (companies letter) with confirmation on :
a. Name / Date of Birth / Identity Card & Passport Number.
b. Number of Position In Company Justification applying for an APEC Business Card Travel.

e. Supporting Letter from the relevant Regulatory Agency.

f. RM 100 fee per applicant is charge during the card collection upon completed.

What Benefits are there for the APEC Business Travel Card?

The APEC Business Travel Card allows free travel for business travellers, for frequent short term trips. No visa is necessary and application for this card is low-cost and convenient for business travellers on the go. Indeed, the APEC card encourages free mobility of business travellers among the APEC economies, thereby promoting free-flowing business within all the participating countries.

How to Renew the APEC Business Travel Card?

To renew the APEC Business Travel Card, submit a new APEC Business Travel Card application, with the fee and documents, and meet all the eligibility criteria. If your passport is replaced, renewed or misplaced, you must also renew your APEC Business Travel Card. For the APEC Card renewal, It will take at least three months to process your application.

Estimate TimeFrame to get APEC Business Travel Card

The whole application process may take up to 6 month to 9 months subject to completion of documents.

Applying for the APEC Business Travel Card is tricky and onerous, but Beyond Borders can help you. Beyond Borders is a business consulting firm, working with a diverse group of major clients. We provide visa advice and consultation for immigration in Asia, and our professional, well-trained staff have years of experience with links to local immigration authorities. 

Our visa services range anywhere from preparation and checklist of documents required, to endorsement of visa in passports and safe delivery for our clients. With Beyond Borders , we are trusted and effective in the business we do. Learn more about the services we offer by contacting us now for a one-on-one consultation with one of our experts.