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

Updated on April 17, 2018:


     Please note that the printer to print APEC card is now in WORKING ORDER.


     With immediate effect, The Immigration Dept, Putrajaya will NO longer print the INTERIM 
.  The card will only be printed when all the 19 countries have pre-cleared you for entry.

  ABTC Application with FMM is only for FMM MEMBER.  FMM will not process the ABTC 
  application for a non-member, subsidiary to a member company or a suspended member
  company, 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 is unable to process applications from a non-member company, subsidiary to a member company or a suspended member company.


Please note that there is NO renewal of APEC card.  Once it has expired, an applicant must submit a NEW application for approval.  You may refer to the application process below.



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 three (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, General Manager and Marketing Manager) must be endorsed by the appointed regulatory agencies through a Supporting Letter.
  • PERSONNEL ELIGIBLE for the ABTC Application will include the following:
  1.   Chief Executive Officer (CEO)
  2.   Chief Operating Officer (COO)

  3.   Chief Financial Officer (CFO) 

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 will include the following:
          1.  Head of Division
          2.  HR Manager
         3.  Finance Manager
          4.  Admin Manager

          5.  IT Manager

          6.  Engineering Manager

          7.  Production Manager

          8.  Factory Manager

          9.  Technical Advisor
/ Manager
        10.  Company Secretary


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

Step 1: Documents Requirements
Member companies are required to submit the following documents to FMM:

1)  Completed Checklist of Documents

2)  Completed ABTC Application Form in BLACK ink and CAPITAL LETTERS  with original signature of    

Letter from Company to Immigration Department, Malaysia (MUST BE on Company's     

4)  Letter from Company to FMM (MUST BE on Company's Letterhead);

5)  One (1) Copy of Applicant’s Malaysian Passport Biodata Page with validity of MORE THAN
     three (3) years. 
(Application with passport with validity LESS THAN three (3) years will be rejected);

6)  Copy of Passport Inside Pages that have been stamped to prove frequent travel to APEC countries
     (please submit pages from previous passport if passport is new);

7)  One (1) Recent Passport-Sized Photograph (MUST BE in BLUE Background);

8)  One (1) Copy of Applicant’s Malaysian Identity Card (IC); and

9)  Payment of RM37.10 (inclusive of 6% GST) per application and non-refundable to FMM bank
as follows:
  • FMM Bank Account No:      5142 0833 0768 (MAYBANK)
  • The bank-in slip / cheque MUST BE submitted together with the application form and supporting documents
  • Tax invoice and official receipt will be issued to company

Please submit the COMPLETED DOCUMENTS to the following address:

International Business Division
Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM)
Wisma FMM
No.3, Persiaran Dagang
PJU 9, Bandar Sri Damansara

52200 Kuala Lumpur

(Attn: Ms Ida Tan)

Step 2: Verifying Process & Issuance of Support Letter

Upon receiving the application, supporting documents and proof of payment of RM37.10, FMM would check and verify the documents and also if applicants are member of 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, supporting documents and FMM support letter, Department of Immigration would check and verify the documents before they issue the ABTC reference number to FMM. (Please note that the standard lead time for FMM to receive reference number from the Immigration Department is within 2 - 3 weeks from the submission date)

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 are required to track the status of their ABTC applications using the reference number given via: (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 FMM or Department of Immigration, Malaysia)


Please note that FMM will NOT collect the card for the applicants. Once the 19 countries have pre-cleared you for entry, you may contact the Immigration Department, Putrajaya 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 RM100.00 and collection of card should be made by applicant directly with ABTC Unit, Immigration Department of Malaysia, Putrajaya.


Below are the options to collect the card from Immigration Department of Malaysia, Putrajaya:

1.  OPTION 1 (Collect Personally)
Applicant is required to be present personally at the Department of Immigration Malaysia, Putrajaya.  Payment and collection should be made by applicant directly with Immigration Department, ABTC Unit, No.15, 1st Floor (Podium), Persiaran Perdana, Presint 2, Putrajaya 

2.  OPTION 2 (Send Representative to Collect)
If you wish to send a Representative or any person to collect on behalf, please issue an authorisation letter with a copy of his/her identity card

3.  OPTION 3 (Send by Post)
If the applicant request Department of Immigration, Malaysia to post the card, please send a Bank Draft / Postal Order of RM100.00 made payable to “DIRECTOR GENERAL OF IMMIGRATION MALAYSIA”

* Note:  Write your name, passport number, ABTC reference number and correspondence address at the 
              back of the bank draft or postal order.  The Department of Immigration Malaysia, Putrajaya's 
              address is as below:

              Director of Visa, Pas & Permit
              Malaysian Immigration Department
              APEC Business Travel Card Unit
              No.15, 1st Floor (Podium), Persiaran Perdana
              Precint 2
              Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan
              62550 Putrajaya


You may download the checklist, application form and sample letters as follows:

For the latest updates on ABTC application, you may also refer to the following link under Immigration Department of Malaysia:

For further details, please contact Ms Ida Tan of International Business Division at tel: 03-6286 7200  or email:

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