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


  Updated on November 2, 2018:

  CARD STOCKS ARE NOW AVAILABLE FOR THE PRINTING OF APEC BUSINESS TRAVEL
  CARD FOR APPROVED APPLICANT
  __________________________________________________________________________________________
 
We have just been informed by the Immigration Department of Malaysia, 
  Putrajaya that the CARD STOCKS are now AVAILABLE for printing.  For applicants
  who have obtained 19 countries' approval may now proceed to the Immigration
  Department of Malaysia to print your APEC card.

  Applicants who have LESS than 19 countries' approval are NOT allowed to print
  the card.

  Please also take note that with immediate effect, there are NEW PROCEDURES in
  the card collection.  You may refer to item: "(D)  OPTIONS FOR CARD COLLECTION AT
  IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT OF MALAYSIA,
PUTRAJAYA" for the new procedures.


 

1
PRINTING OF INTERIM CARD FOR APPROVED APPLICANT
    
With immediate effect, Immigration Department of Malaysia, Putrajaya will NO longer print
     INTERIM CARD (15 countries' approval).  The card will only be printed when all the
     19 countries have pre-cleared you for entry.



  NOTE
  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
  • 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.

Six (6) chambers / associations including Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) have been authorised by the Immigration Department of 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.


RENEWAL OF APEC CARD

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.


GUIDELINES ON THE APPLICATION OF ABTC WITH FMM        


(A)  ELIGIBILITY 

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) 

  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 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


(B)  APPLICATION PROCESS

The following are the seven (7) steps application process to apply for the 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    
     applicant
;

3) 
Letter from Company to Immigration Department, Malaysia (MUST BE on Company's     
     Letterhead);


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 validity of 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 RM35.00 per application and non-refundable to FMM bank account as follows:
 
     
  • FMM Bank Account No:      5142 0833 0768 (MAYBANK)
  • Cash / Cheque Payable to:  FEDERATION OF MALAYSIAN MANUFACTURERS
  • 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 after payment has been made



Please submit the COMPLETED DOCUMENTS to the following address:

ABTC UNIT @ 
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 RM35.00, FMM would check and verify the documents and also if applicant is a member of FMM. Upon verification of the documents, FMM would prepare and issue the ABTC support letter for FMM Member. 


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


Step 4: Issuance of Tracking Number
Upon receipt of the ABTC application form, supporting documents and FMM support letter, Immigration Department of Malaysia would check and verify the documents.  Once the application has been approved by the Immigration Department of Malaysia, they will issue a tracking  number to FMM. (Please note that the standard lead time for FMM to receive the tracking number from Immigration Department of Malaysia is within 3 - 4 weeks or more from the submission date)


Step 5: Tracking the Status of Your Application
FMM would email the ABTC 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 the 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 to Take for Approval by 19 Economies
The length of time to take for approval by the 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 3 - 4 months or more.



 (C) COLLECTION OF ABTC CARD & FEE

Please note that FMM will NOT collect the card for the applicant. Once all the 19 countries have pre-cleared you for entry, you may proceed to the Immigration Department of Malaysia in Putrajaya to print the card. A fee of RM100.00 would be charged by the Immigration Department of Malaysia when the ABTC card is issued. Payment of RM100.00 and printing of the ABTC card should be made by the applicant directly with APEC Business Travel Card Unit, Immigration Department of Malaysia, Putrajaya.

  (D)  OPTIONS FOR CARD COLLECTION AT IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT OF MALAYSIA, PUTRAJAYA 

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

OPTION 1 (Collect Personally)
If you wish to collect personally, you are required to submit the following:

i.   Current Passport (Original)
ii.   A Fee of RM100.00 (cash or bank draft)
iii.  Payment & collection should be made directly at:
  
       APEC Business Travel Card Unit
       I
mmigration Department of Malaysia
       No.15, Level 1 (Podium)
       Federal Government Administrative Centre
       Presint 2
       62550 Putrajay


OPTION 2 (Send Representative to Collect)
If you wish to send a Representative or any person to collect on your behalf, you are required to submit the following:

i.    Authorisation Letter from Company
ii.   A Copy of Representative's Identity Card (IC)
iii.  Latest Copy of Applicant's Passport Biodata Page
iv.  A Fee of RM100.00 (cash or bank draft)
v.   Payment & collection should be made directly at:
  
       APEC Business Travel Card Unit
       I
mmigration Department of Malaysia
       No.15, Level 1 (Podium)
       Federal Government Administrative Centre
       Presint 2
       62550 Putrajay


OPTION 3 (Send by Post)
If the applicant request Immigration Department of Malaysia to post the card, you are required to submit the following:

i.    Application Letter with Full Address
ii.   Latest Copy of Applicant's Passport Biodata Page
iii.  Money Order / 
Bank Draft of RM100.00 made payable to: “DIRECTOR GENERAL OF
     IMMIGRATION MALAYSIA”
 

iv.  Send the payment to the following address:
  
       APEC Business Travel Card Unit
       I
mmigration Department of Malaysia
       No.15, Level 1 (Podium)
       Federal Government Administrative Centre
       Presint 2
       62550 Putrajay


* Note: 
Write your name, passport number, ABTC reference number and correspondence address at the 
              back of the money order or bank draft. 

OPERATING HOURS
Monday - Friday       :  8.00 am - 4.00 pm

Lunch Hour:
Monday - Thursday  :  1.00 pm - 2.00pm
Friday                        :  12.00 pm - 2.45 pm

          
CHECKLIST, APPLICATION FORM & SAMPLE LETTERS FOR DOWNLOAD

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

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


For further details, please contact Ms Ida Tan of International Business Division at tel: 03-6286 7200  or email:
abtc@fmm.org.my.

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