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APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) (For FMM Members Only)

NOTE: ABTC Application with FMM is only for FMM Member. FMM will not process the ABTC application for any suspended members, subsidiary, etc. Please click here to check on the membership status.

The APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) provides cardholders with pre-cleared, multiple entry (no visa requirement) to participating APEC countries for short stay business visits and access to express immigration processing on arrival and departure through special APEC-marked lanes. Currently, 19 out of the 21 APEC economies participate in the ABTC scheme. The 19 participating economies are :

  • Australia
  • Brunei Darussalam
  • Chile
  • China
  • Hong Kong (China)
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • New Zealand
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • Russia
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam

As the US and Canada are not participating in the ABTC scheme, all ABTC card holders travelling to the US or Canada will still be subjected to the existing immigration clearance process at the destination.

Six (6) chambers / associations including Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) have been authorised by the Department of Immigration Malaysia to issue the ABTC support letter for registered members of their associations only. As such, FMM cannot process applications from a non-member company, subsidiary to a member company or a suspended member company.



To qualify for the ABTC, you have to fulfill the following conditions:
  • Malaysian citizens ONLY and holding a valid passport with validity of more than 3 years.
  • The members of the business and investment community who has activities of trade and investment with the (19) economies.
  • The members of the business and investment community (Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, Director, Managing Director, Marketing Manager or equivalent.) must be endorsed by the appointed regulatory agencies through a Supporting Letter.
  • Personnel eligible for the ABTC application will include the following:
  1. CEO & Deputy CEO
  2. COO & Deputy COO
  3. CFO & Deputy CFO (Depending on job scope and subject to approval from Immigration Dept)
  4. Managing Directors / Executive Directors
  5. Directors
  6. General Managers
  7. Manager / HOD  of Sales & Marketing / Branding / Business Development
  8. Manager / HOD of Export / Import / Procurement Manager
  • PERSONNEL NOT ELIGIBLE for the ABTC Application will include those traveling to provide technical support or internal company affairs, e.g.: HR Manager, Admin Manager, IT Manager, Engineering Manager, Production Manager, Factory Manager, Technical Advisor, Company Secretary, etc:

The following are the seven (7) steps application process to apply for the ABTC card through FMM:

Step 1: Documents Requirements

Member companies to submit the following documents to Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM).
  • Completed Checklist of Documents
  • Completed ABTC Application Form in BLACK ink and CAPITAL LETTERS  with original signature of applicant;
  • A copy of Applicant’s Malaysian passport (personal information page) with validity of more than three years. Application with passport with validity less than 3 years will be rejected;
  • Copy of inside pages that have been stamped to prove frequent travel to APEC countries (please submit pages from previous passport if passport is new passport);
  • Letter from employer to Immigration Department (MUST BE on Company's letterhead)
  • Letter from employer to FMM (MUST BE on Company's Letterhead)
  • ONE (1) recent passport sized photograph; (MUST BE in BLUE Background) and
  • A copy of Applicant’s Malaysian Identity Card (IC);
  • Fee of RM37.10 per application (inclusive of 6% GST and non-refundable) - to bank-in (Maybank A/C No: 5142 0833 0768) / cash / cheque (Payable to Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers). Tax Invoice to be issued to company. The bank-in slip / cheque should be submitted together with the application form and supporting documents.
Please submit the COMPLETED DOCUMENTS to the following address:

International Business Division (IBD)
Wisma FMM, No,3, Persiaran Dagang, PJU 9
Bandar Sri Damansara, 52200
Kuala Lumpur
(Attn: Ms Ida Tan)

Step 2: Verifying Process and Issuance of Support Letter
Upon receiving the application, supporting documents and prove of payment of RM37.10, FMM would check and verify that applicants are member to FMM. Upon verification of the documents, FMM would prepare and issue the ABTC support letter for FMM Members. 

Step 3: Dispatch of Documents
FMM would compile the ABTC application, supporting documents and FMM support letter and dispatch to the ABTC Unit of Department of Immigration, Putrajaya.

Step 4: Issuing of Reference Number
Upon receipt of the ABTC application form, FMM support letter and supporting documents from FMM, Department of Immigration would issue the ABTC reference number to FMM.

Step 5: Tracking the Status of Application
FMM would e-mail the ABTC application number to ABTC applicant to start tracking the status of application. Applicants to track the status of their ABTC application using the reference number given through . FMM will not track the status of application for members.

Step 6: Vetting of Application by the 19 Economies

If you are assessed as an eligible applicant by the Department of Immigration, Malaysia, your application would then be forwarded to all participating APEC economies for approval. These economies may vet your application against their Immigration requirements to determine your clearance of entry.

Step 7: Estimation of Approval
Once all 19 economies have vetted and approved your application, your card is estimated to be issued within 3 months (the length of time taken for approval by the foreign economies could vary significantly and is not controlled by the FMM or Department of Immigration Malaysia).


Once the 19 countries have pre-cleared you for entry, you may contact the Immigration Department to request for card collection. A fee of RM100.00 would be charged by the Immigration Department when the ABTC card is issued. Payment of RM100 and collection of card should be made by applicant directly with ABTC Unit, Immigration Department of Malaysia.

The  checklist of documents required from applicants, application form and sample letters can also be viewed below:
For further details, please contact Ms Ida Tan (International Business Division) at Tel: 03-6286 7200; Fax: 03-6274 1266 or email:

For latest update on the ABTC application, please also visit

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