The APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) provides accredited business people with streamlined access to participating APEC countries.
Please note: each participating economy has its own maximum allowable stay period. Please check the Business Mobility Group website for details before you make your travel arrangements.
From 24 November 2013, all APEC card applications are processed in Auckland Central Area Office. Please send your application to:
Auckland Central Area Office
PO Box 76895
Download the application form and find out which countries participate in the scheme.
How do I check my pre cleared status online?
Your acknowledgement letter contains an application number which you can use to track your application status online at the Business Mobility Group Website.
What if I have a criminal conviction?
If you have a criminal conviction you will not be eligible for an APEC card.
If you have old convictions which are concealed under The Criminal Records (Clean Slate) Act 2004 you do not need to disclose those convictions when you apply for a card, and it will not affect your eligibility. Information regarding these convictions will not be disclosed to other participating countries.
However, your clean slate does not apply when you fill out forms when travelling overseas. You will need to declare these convictions on your arrival card overseas, and if you do not meet that country’s entry requirements you may be refused entry. You will need to check the entry requirements with that country’s embassy or consulate before you travel.
How long does it take to receive the full card?
The timeframe for issuing a full card is determined by the speed of clearance, and requirements, of each selected, participating country.
What do I do if my acknowledgement letter or ABTC includes incorrect data?
Please email the Immigration New Zealand APEC team.
If I get a new passport can I still use my existing APEC card?
No. Your card must be linked to the passport you will travel with.
What do I do if I get a new passport?
Scan and email us a copy of your new passport bio data page and we will issue you with a replacement card.
What do I do if my address has changed?
Contact us and we will update your personal data.
What do I do if I lose my card?
Contact us and we will issue you with a replacement card
What do I do if my card is stolen?
Contact the police to report your card as stolen. Email us with the relevant information, detailing how and when your card was lost. We will then issue you with a replacement card
This answer was last updated on 28 November, 2013.
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