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APEC Business Travel Card

Application for APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC)

APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) provides business people streamlined
entry to participating economies through a simple pre-clearance system that
allows them, through a single application, to obtain a multiple short-term
entry to participating APEC economies.

Participating economies in the ABTC Scheme currently includes Australia,
Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan,
Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea,
People’s Republic of China, the Philippines, Peru, Russia, Singapore,
Thailand and Vietnam.

Qualifications for an ABTC, among others:

  • The company/business entity represented by the business person must be
    engaged in international trade, and selling of goods or services and
    investments between APEC economies
  • Applicants must have never been charged or convicted of any criminal
  • Must be a bona fide business person who is:
    • Vested with powers and prerogatives to lay down and execute
      management policies in furtherance of the primary business
      purpose of the business entity and hold specific authority to
      negotiate and commit to trade and investment activities (e.g.
      Chairman, CEO, President, Vice Presidents, Chief Financial Officer,
      Regional Head and Board members of a registered company); or,
    • An official nominated by the CEO, President, or Regional Head,
      whose work is directly involved in the trade of goods, the provision
      of services, or the conduct of investment activities when travelling

Applications may be filed through any of the following Certifying
Business Organizations (CBOs):

  1. Makati Business Club (MBC)

    2/F, AIM Conference Center

    Benavidez St., Legaspi Village

    Makati City

    Telephone No.: (+632) 7751-1137, 7751-1138

    Fax No.: (+632) 7750-7406, 7750-7405

    Email: [email protected]
  2. Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI)

    3rd Floor, Commerce and Industry Plaza (CIP)

    1030 Campus Avenue cor Park Avenue

    McKinley Town Center, Fort Bonifacio

    Taguig City

    Telephone No.: (+632) 8846-8196 loc 113

    Fax No.: (+632) 8846-8621

    Email Address: [email protected]
  3. Philippine Exporters Confederation, Inc. (PHILEXPORT)

    International Trade Complex

    Roxas Blvd. cor Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue

    Pasay City

    Tel No.: (+632) 8230-5539

    Email Addresses: [email protected]
    [email protected]


  • To ABTC Holders:
    • Passport and ABTC details should be the same.
    • Passports generally have to be valid for at least 6 months from the
      date of travel.
  • To Filipino ABTC Holders (in case of Lost or Stolen passports):
    • Please report the loss immediately to ABTC-Philippines and apply
      for a new passport. Requirements for application include a
      Notarized Affidavit of Loss explaining the circumstances on how the
      passport was lost or stolen
    • As soon as the new passport is issued, inform ABTC-Philippines of
      the new passport number and apply for the re-issuance of the card.
      Some economies do not accept cards bearing passport details
      different from the current passport
  • For inquiries, please contact:


    Visa Division, Office of Consular Affairs

    Department of Foreign Affairs

    Telefax No: (+632) 8367763

    email address: [email protected]

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