Last month, we published a blog that explained in detail what an APEC Business Travel Card is (you can view it here). If you don’t have time to read the blog and want the short explanation, an APEC Business Card is simply a corporate travel document used by professionals who have dealings in the Asian-Pacific economies. This card is an asset for these professionals as it enables them to get through international airports quickly, providing access to fast-track immigration processing lines in APEC Business Travel Card participating airports.
What are the Eligibility Requirements for an APEC Business Travel Card?
In order to obtain an APEC business card, you must meet certain criteria:
- First, you must be a United States citizen.
- You must also have a membership in an approved CBP trusted traveler program and be in good standing. The CBP trusted traveler programs are the Global Entry Program, SENTRI, and NEXIS. When you apply for your APEC business travel card, you’ll go through a vetting process. During that time, criminal and national security databases will be reviewed before you are approved to enroll.
- Finally, you must either be a U.S. business professional or government official involved in APEC related business dealings.
If you have questions about your eligibility for this program, we encourage you to contact our team for more immediate answers.
How Do I Apply?
The APEC Business Card application process is pretty easy. When you’re ready to apply, you’ll visit Global Online Enrollment System website and then you’ll select U.S. APEC Business Travel Card from the list of programs. If you do not have a membership in a CBP trusted traveler program, there is an additional step. You’ll need to contact a CBP center near you to schedule an interview and they’ll also collect an electronic signature from you.
What is the Cost?
There is a non-refundable $70.00 fee for your APEC Business Card application. If you’re not a member of a CBP trusted traveler program, there will be an additional membership fee that you’ll have to pay.
How Long will the APEC Business Travel Card Program Last?
Current legislation has authorized the program to last until September 30, 2018. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be allowed to issue APEC Business Travel Cards to eligible citizens until that time. However, this date may be extended in the future.
While we believe this list answers some of the most commonly asked questions, we are happy to address any additional concerns you may have. Simply contact our team and we’ll be happy to assist you in any way we can.