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APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Application [ for FMM MEMBERS ONLY ]




     
     Updates on ABTC Application as at April 17, 2024     

Update on Payment and Printing of APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC)

Reference is made to the circular ITP/14/2023 on the Implementation of Virtual APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC).

Effective December 18, 2023, Unit APEC of the Bahagian VISA, Pas and Permit Putrajaya will be moved to the following address:


Unit APEC, Bahagian Visa, Pas dan Permit

Jabatan Imigresen Malaysia
No.15, Tingkat 5 (Podium)
Persiaran Perdana, Presint 2
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62550 Putrajaya

In this regard, all approved ABTC holders with “Final Card” status (pre-clearance approval from 19 countries) will be able to make payment and printing of ABTC at Unit APEC on Level 5 of JIM, Putrajaya. Kindly check the status of the card through the ABTC virtual application or check through the link: https://www.abtc-aps.org/abtc-core/status/check.html to ensure you have obtained the approval from 19 countries under APEC before proceed for the printing.


  • APEC CARD APPLICATION FOR FMM MEMBERS ONLY

We would like to inform you that APEC card application with FMM is applicable for FMM MEMBERS ONLY.

If your company is
NOT a member of FMM, you may refer to Immigration Dept's website at www.imi.gov.my to check further on other authorised government agencies / chambers / associations providing "Support Letter" for the APEC card application.          

  • Important Note: 
MINIMUM FIVE (5) TIMES TRAVEL PASSPORT CHOPS FROM JUNE 2022 TO THE
CURRENT MONTH
 REQUIRED FOR APEC CARD APPLICATION

With immediate effect, applicant is required to submit the following documents to support your APEC card application:

Minimum 5 times travel passport chops to APEC countries from June 2022 to the current month to prove that the applicant is a frequent traveller to APEC countries.

(The current / expired APEC Card Copy is not acceptable to prove that the applicant is a frequent traveller to APEC countries)
       
  • WALK-IN TO IMMIGRATION DEPT IN PUTRAJAYA FOR THE PRINTING OF APEC CARD 

    With immediate effect, applicant is NOT REQUIRED to schedule an appointment with APEC Unit of Immigration Dept in Putrajaya to print the APEC card.
You may now WALK-IN to print the APEC card with the approval of 19 economies at APEC Unit of Immigration Dept in Putrajaya
                     
  • LETTER FROM COMPANY TO IMMIGRATION DEPT FOR APEC CARD APPLICATION
         Effective April 17, 2024, "Letter from Company to Immigration Dept, Malaysia" must be 
         signed by only the Director listed in the Company SSM.
  • E-SIGNATURE IS NOT ACCEPTABLE FOR APEC CARD APPLICATION

    We would like to inform you that e-signature is NOT acceptable for APEC 
    card application.

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APEC BUSINESS TRAVEL CARD APPLICATION

 



The APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) provides the following benefits:

  Cardholder is granted with pre-cleared and multiple entry (no visa requirement) to participating APEC 
     economies for short stay business visits.

  Cardholder is NOT required to individually apply for visa or entry permit each time he/she travel to any
     of the participating APEC economies as the
APEC Business Travel Card is the VISA.

  Cardholder is able to 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. Below is the list of 19 participating economies:

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

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(How to Apply for APEC Business Travel Card with FMM?

 




(A)
COMPANY ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR APEC BUSINESS TRAVEL CARD




The Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) is authorised by the Immigration Department of Malaysia to issue ABTC support letter for our registered members.

As such, FMM is able to process ABTC application for FMM Members.

Please click here to check on your membership status.
  
Company that is NOT ELIGIBLE for ABTC application with FMM is as follows:

1.

Non-Member

2.

Subsidiary to a Member Company

3.

Suspended Member

4.

Sole Proprietor or Partnership


 

 
(B) RENEWAL OF APEC BUSINESS TRAVEL CARD

There is NO RENEWAL for APEC card.  Once the APEC card has expired, the applicant must submit a new application for approval.  You may refer to the application process below.

 

 
(C) PERSONNEL ELIGIBLE TO APPLY FOR APEC BUSINESS TRAVEL CARD


To qualify for the ABTC application, you have to fulfill the following conditions:

  Must be a Malaysian citizen holding a valid passport with validity of more than three (3) years.

  A frequent traveller to APEC countries.

  A member of the business and investment community who has activities of trade and investment with the 19 economies

  The member of the business and investment community (Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, Director, Managing Director, General Manager and Marketing Manager) must be endorsed by the appointed regulatory agencies through a "Supporting Letter".

  PERSONNEL ELIGIBLE for the ABTC application is as follows:

1.

Chief Executive Officer 

2.

Chief Operating Officer 

3.

Chief Financial Officer 

4.

Chairman / President

5.

Managing Director / Executive Director

6.

Director

7.

General Manager

8.

Marketing Manager

9.

Sales Manager

10.

Branding Manager

11.

Business Development Manager

12.

Export / Import / Procurement Manager

 
  PERSONNEL NOT ELIGIBLE for the ABTC application is as follows:     

1.

Admin Manager

2.

Company Secretary

3.

Consultant

4.

Engineering Manager

5.

Factory Manager

6.

Finance Manager

7.

Head of Division    

8.

HR Manager

9.

IT Manager

 
10.
 
Production Manager

11.

Project Manager

12.

Technical Advisor 

13.

Technical Manager

  

 
(D) APPLICATION PROCESS TO APPLY FOR APEC BUSINESS TRAVEL CARD


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

Step 1:   Documents Requirements

The applicant is required to submit the following documents to FMM:

NO

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED

1.

Completed Checklist of Documents Required

2.

Completed ABTC Application Form written in capital letters with black ink and original signature

3.

Letter from Company to Immigration Department, Malaysia to be typed on company letterhead and must be signed by only the Director listed in the Company SSM


4.

Letter on Applicant's Job Function and Company Profile to be typed on company letterhead

5.

Letter from Company to FMM to be typed on company letterhead

6.

One (1) copy of Malaysian passport biodata page with validity of more than three (3) years  (passport validity with less than three (3) years will be rejected)

7.

One (1) copy of Malaysian Identity Card (IC)

8.

Copies of minimum 5 times travel passport chops to APEC countries from June 2022 to the current month to prove that the applicant is a frequent traveller to APEC countries 

9.

One (1) recent passport-sized photograph with collared-shirt in blue background


10.

Payment of RM35.00 per application and non-refundable.  Attach the payment slip or cheque together with the application   

Payment can be made via the following methods:

i) Payment via Online (Please opt for GIRO TRANSFER)    
   
  FMM Bank Account No:   5142 0833 0768 (MAYBANK)
   

ii) Payment by Cheque
   
•  Cheque Payable to:  FEDERATION OF MALAYSIAN MANUFACTURERS
   
   Cheque Crossed:      ACCOUNT PAYEE ONLY
   

iii) Payment by Cash Over the Counter (Applicable at FMM Head Office, KL only)
   
   Payment by cash over the counter is only applicable at FMM Head Office, KL
   
•  Payment by cash is NOT applicable at FMM Branches

Invoice & Receipt
Invoice and receipt will be issued to company after the payment has been made

11.

The completed documents to be sent to the following address:

FEDERATION OF MALAYSIAN MANUFACTURERS (FMM)
(ABTC UNIT @ International Business Division)
Wisma FMM
No.3, Persiaran Dagang
PJU 9, Bandar Sri Damansara
52200 Kuala Lumpur


(Attn: Ms Ida Tan)




 
(E) CHECKLIST, APPLICATION FORM & SAMPLE LETTERS FOR DOWNLOAD


Step 2:   Verifying Process & Issuance of Supporting Letter

Upon receiving the ABTC application with supporting documents and proof of payment, FMM would check and verify the documents. Upon verification of the documents, FMM would prepare and issue the ABTC supporting letter for the applicant.

Step 3:   Submission of ABTC Application

FMM would compile the ABTC application together with the supporting documents and supporting letter to be submitted to the ABTC Unit of Immigration Department of Malaysia in Putrajaya.

Step 4:   Issuance of ABTC Application Tracking Number

Upon receiving the ABTC application form, supporting documents and supporting letter, ABTC Unit of Immigration Department of Malaysia would check and verify the documents.  Once the application has been approved, they will issue a tracking  number to FMM. 
(Currently, the standard lead time for FMM to receive the tracking number is within 3 - 4 months or longer from the date of submission)

Step 5:   Tracking the Status of Your Application

FMM would email the ABTC application tracking number to applicant to start tracking the status of the application. The applicant is required to track the status of his/her application using the tracking number given via: 
http://www.abtc-aps.org/abtc-core/status/check.html. (FMM will NOT track the status of the application for applicants)

Step 6:   Vetting of Application by 19 Economies

If you are assessed as an eligible applicant by the Immigration Department of Malaysia, your  application would then be forwarded to all the 19 participating APEC economies for approval. These economies may vet your application against their Immigration requirements to determine your clearance of entry.


Step 7:   Length of Time Required for Approval by 19 Economies

The length of time required for approval by t
he 19 economies could vary significantly and it is not controlled by FMM or Immigration Department of Malaysia.  It is estimated that the approval by the 19 economies would take within 4 - 6 months or longer.

 

 
(F) HOW TO COLLECT YOUR APEC BUSINESS TRAVEL CARD?


With immediate effect, you are NOT REQUIRED to schedule an appointment with ABTC Unit of Immigration Department of Malaysia to request for the APEC card to be printed.

The Applicant or Representative can now WALK-IN to print the APEC card after all the 19 economies have approved your application.

The APEC card can only be printed at Immigration Department of Malaysia in Putrajaya.

FMM will 
NOT collect the APEC card on behalf of the applicant.

You may choose the following options to print the APEC card:

OPTION 1 (By Applicant)

If you wish to collect personally, you are required to submit the following:

1.

Current original passport and a copy of the latest passport biodata page

2.

A fee of RM100.00 to be made via debit card or credit card

3.

Cash / money order / bank draft is NOT acceptable at the counter

4.

Payment & collection should be made directly at:
  
APEC Unit, Bahagian Visa, Pas dan Permit
Immigration Department of Malaysia
No.15, Level 5 (Podium)
Persiaran Perdana, Presint 2
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
62550 Putrajaya
 

 

OPTION 2 (By Representative)

If you wish to send a representative to collect on your behalf, you are required to submit the following:

1.

Authorisation letter from company

2.

A copy of representative's identity card (IC)

3.

A copy of applicant's latest passport biodata page

4.

A fee of RM100.00 to be made via debit card or credit card

5.

Cash / money order / bank draft is NOT acceptable at the counter

6.

Payment & collection should be made directly at:
  
APEC Unit, Bahagian Visa, Pas dan Permit
Immigration Department of Malaysia
No.15, Level 5 (Podium)
Persiaran Perdana, Presint 2
Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan 
62550 Putrajaya
 

 

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Website of Immigration Department of Malaysia


For the latest updates on ABTC application, you may also click here to visit the website of Immigration Department of Malaysia.


 
FMM Contact Person

Ms Ida Tan
ABTC Unit @International BusinessDivision

Tel:     03-6286 7200
Email:  
abtc@fmm.org.my

 As at April 17, 2024


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