WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today the extension of validity of newly U.S. issued Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Travel Cards from three years to five years. The U.S. APEC Business Travel Card Program provides qualified U.S. business travelers engaged in business in the APEC region, or U.S. Government officials actively engaged in APEC business, the ability to access fast-track immigration lanes at participating airports in foreign APEC economies.
“The APEC Business Travel Card makes travel faster, easier and more secure for the frequent APEC business traveler,” said Deputy Commissioner Kevin McAleenan. “With the extension, the U.S. APEC Business Travel Card validity aligns with the five year eligibility of CBP’s Trusted Traveler Programs, making it easier for a card holder to keep track of their membership in both programs.”
To be eligible for a U.S. APEC Business Travel Card, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen; must be a member in good standing or be approved for membership in a CBP Trusted Traveler Program (Global Entry, NEXUS, or SENTRI); and must be a verified business person or U.S. Government official who is actively engaged in APEC business. The non-refundable application fee is $70 and applications must be submitted online through the Global Online Enrollment System (GOES). Applicants can also apply for a CBP Trusted Traveler Program, if not already a member, using the GOES website.
U.S.-issued APEC Business Travel Cards approved on or after December 13, 2016 will be valid for five years from the date of issue, or until the expiration date of the card holder’s passport, whichever comes first. Cardholders must also present any travel or identity documentation, such as a passport and visa (where applicable), required by foreign economies.
CBP began issuing U.S. APEC Business Travel Cards in June 2014. Since then, CBP has issued the card to more than 28,000 qualified U.S. citizens.
This change in validity does not apply to current U.S. APEC Business Travel Card holders, whose cards remain valid only until the date printed on their card, or those approved before December 13.
APEC is an economic forum whose primary goal is to support sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. APEC is comprised of 21 members, including the United States. APEC’s business facilitation goal is to reduce the costs of business transactions and to help importers and exporters in the Asia-Pacific region meet to conduct business more efficiently. Facilitating travel for qualified business people within the APEC region contributes to the business facilitation goal, and to free, open trade and investment, and to the U.S. economy.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.