Issued by the APEC Secretariat
“This is a historic occasion for APEC and the ABTC, as
At the official membership ceremony, Mr Vladimir Kristov from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the
The ABTC facilitates business travel in the Asia-Pacific by allowing cardholders:
- Pre-cleared immigration entry into the 18 fully participating member economies*, eliminating the cost and time involved in obtaining visas.
- Expedited transit through special fast-track lanes at major airports and seaports in all 21 economies.
Over 80,000 active cardholders now enjoy these benefits, and the APEC business community’s interest in the scheme continues to grow. Figures to-date in 2010 show applications are up 27 percent on the same period last year.
As of April 2010,
Under existing bilateral agreements,
Pre-clearance of Russian citizens by other economies will be possible once
*The 18 fully participating members are: Australia; Brunei Darussalam; China; Chile; Hong Kong, China; Korea; Indonesia; Japan; Peru; Philippines; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Singapore; Chinese Taipei; Thailand; and Viet Nam. The 3 transitional members are:
To learn more about the ABTC scheme, go to http://www.businessmobility.org/