APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Business Travel Card (ABTC)

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Card (ABTC) makes it easier for pre-approved Canadian business people to travel to participating APEC economies (countries). The ABTC allows multiple short-term entries into participating economies, and speeds border processing by providing expedited entry using designated APEC lines at major airports.

Canadian ABTC Pilot

The Canadian ABTC pilot allows Canadian business travellers who are ABTC members to use designated APEC lines for facilitated border clearance when travelling to participating foreign APEC economies. Canadian ABTC holders must still present all required documentation such as passports, visas and permits when using their ABTC. Canadian ABTC holders also benefit from faster border clearance using Trusted Traveller kiosks when returning to Canada.

ABTC members

Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, China, Hong Kong (China), Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Singapore, Chinese Taipei, Thailand, Vietnam and Russia are full ABTC members. Canada and the United States (U.S.) are transitional members.

How to apply

If you are a Canadian citizen, you must first be a member of NEXUS to be eligible to apply for an ABTC. Submit your application for ABTC through the U.S. Global Online Enrollment System (GOES). The total non-refundable application processing fee for an ABTC is $75. Once the application is approved, you will be requested to visit an Enrolment Center to finalize ABTC enrolment and provide a digitized signature.. You will then receive an APEC Business Travel Card by mail. The ABTC is valid for three years unless your passport and/or NEXUS card expires within the three-year period. If one of these documents expires within this time period, your ABTC will also expire. You should check the expiry dates on all of your documents. In addition, your ABTC membership will no longer be valid if your NEXUS membership is revoked.

Foreign cardholders

Currently, 19 of the 21 participating APEC economies issue ABTCs to their qualifying citizens. These foreign ABTC holders are able to enter Canada using designated APEC lines at Canada’s eight major international airports in the following cities:

  • Vancouver
  • Edmonton
  • Calgary
  • Winnipeg
  • Toronto
  • Ottawa
  • Montréal
  • Halifax

Requirements for foreign ABTC holders entering Canada remain the same. When using designated APEC lines to enter Canada, foreign ABTC holders will be required to show the following travel documents to a border services officer:

  • a valid ABTC;
  • a valid passport;
  • a visa, if required; and
  • work permits may also be required depending on the nature of the business to be conducted in Canada.

Related links

Countries requiring visas

Work permit requirements

For more information on NEXUS.