Why Do You Need the APEC Busi­ness Travel Card?

Thai-American Business (T-AB) Magazine - - Contents -

In light of re­cent Im­mi­gra­tion changes where ex­ec­u­tives of Board of In­vest­ment ( BOI)- pro­moted com­pa­nies are no longer al­lowed to use the Pri­or­ity Im­mi­gra­tion lines at the air­ports un­less they sub­mit a let­ter is­sued by BOI for each in­di­vid­ual trip, we wanted to re­mind you of an­other op­tion that gives you ac­cess to Pri­or­ity Im­mi­gra­tion lines – the APEC Busi­ness travel card.

The card gives fre­quent busi­ness trav­el­ers pre- cleared, fa­cil­i­tated short- term en­try to par­tic­i­pat­ing APEC mem­ber economies, sav­ing them valu­able time at im­mi­gra­tion points in APEC mem­ber coun­tries. For sev­eral years, the card had been avail­able to cit­i­zens of ev­ery APEC econ­omy ex­cept the United States and Canada; how­ever af­ter an “in­terim fi­nal rule” pub­lished by DHS, the U. S. govern­ment has be­gun to is­sue APEC Busi­ness Travel Cards ( ABTC) to qual­i­fied U. S. trav­el­ers since June 12, 2014.

In or­der for a per­son to ob­tain an ABTC, the ap­pli­cant must com­ply with the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria:

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