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flyaow Jan 5, 14 11:53 am

ABTC/APEC Business Travel Card for US/Canadian Citizens: Updates, Experiences, Q&A
 
Canada announced participation in the APEC ABTC program back in October (See http://www.vancouversun.com/business...735/story.html) and the application procedure suggested here (http://www.pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2013/10...ss-travel-card) is to contact an e-mail address of ABTC‑[email protected] But that e-mail address seems to bounce back as a bad address.

Does anyone know the proper contact to get the application completed? Has anyone been successful in Canada getting it activated?

Thank you!

JDiver Jan 8, 14 5:36 pm

We've moved your query here, as it's much more likely to get some helpful input here.

JDiver
senior moderator

seawolf May 13, 14 10:55 am

Canada will determine eligibility (NEXUS required) and application will be done on CBP GOES website. US DHS will issue ABTC for Canada.

$70 for 3 years. Only provides access to crew/diplomatic lanes. No visa "waiver."

See page 6.
http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014...2014-10767.pdf

5khours Jun 12, 14 12:48 am

ABTC/APEC Business Travel Card for US/Canadian Citizens: Updates, Experiences, Q&A
 
It now up.

Application Submitted!

It now up.

geclub1 Jun 12, 14 12:57 am


Originally Posted by 5khours (Post 23020996)
Application Submitted!

Application approved!
That was fast.

invisible Jun 12, 14 1:11 am


Originally Posted by 5khours (Post 23021009)
It now up.

Ahem... they are requiring proof of residence in States on the GOES web site. If I do not live in States, then what?

5khours Jun 12, 14 1:12 am


Originally Posted by geclub1 (Post 23021044)
Application approved!
That was fast.

Ditto! I figured I would check back in a week. Must be a computer...not a human.

5khours Jun 12, 14 1:31 am


Originally Posted by invisible (Post 23021066)
Ahem... they are requiring proof of residence in States on the GOES web site. If I do not live in States, then what?

It's evidence of residency not evidence of residency in the States... I think.

crackerman Jun 12, 14 1:51 am

Just submitted my application! How long did it take to get approved, a couple hours, a couple minutes?

crackerman Jun 12, 14 1:55 am


Originally Posted by crackerman (Post 23021153)
Just submitted my application! How long did it take to get approved, a couple hours, a couple minutes?

To answer myself, it took about 10 min!

Jaimito Cartero Jun 12, 14 2:23 am


Originally Posted by invisible (Post 23021066)
Ahem... they are requiring proof of residence in States on the GOES web site. If I do not live in States, then what?

I don't think you can apply for the card, if you don't live in the US. Perhaps apply in the country you're living in?

The APEC card requires you travel for business purposes to the member countries. Plus you must be a Global Entry, or similar member. Get interviewed, etc.

I'm also a little confused about the APEC card. The website shows that you still need a visa for countries that require them. Is the purpose of the card to just get through security quicker?

The APEC card costs $70, in addition to the $100 Global Entry or similar, fee.

dtsm Jun 12, 14 5:42 am


Originally Posted by 5khours (Post 23021009)
It now up.

Can't find it, tried here: http://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-tr...ked-questions2, then it takes me back to global entry?

According to above, if already Global Entry member, all you have to do is visit center for electronic signature?? Very confusing...

A link please, thanks!
;)

dtsm Jun 12, 14 5:59 am


Originally Posted by 5khours (Post 23020996)
Application Submitted!

Found it!
Buried in my global entry account....the sites aren't very user friendly!

seawolf Jun 12, 14 9:18 am


Originally Posted by crackerman (Post 23021158)
To answer myself, it took about 10 min!

Definitely not being sent to other countries for pre-clearance.

seawolf Jun 12, 14 9:59 am


Originally Posted by Jaimito Cartero (Post 23021214)
I don't think you can apply for the card, if you don't live in the US. Perhaps apply in the country you're living in?

The APEC card requires you travel for business purposes to the member countries. Plus you must be a Global Entry, or similar member. Get interviewed, etc.

I'm also a little confused about the APEC card. The website shows that you still need a visa for countries that require them. Is the purpose of the card to just get through security quicker?

The APEC card costs $70, in addition to the $100 Global Entry or similar, fee.

Refer to last discussion in May in this thread. The expectation is that the only benefit is to allow for access to crew/diplomatic lanes in APEC countries.


Originally Posted by dtsm (Post 23021610)
Can't find it, tried here: http://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-tr...ked-questions2, then it takes me back to global entry?

According to above, if already Global Entry member, all you have to do is visit center for electronic signature?? Very confusing...

A link please, thanks!
;)

If you are a GE member, then all you have to do is pay the fee, "self-certify" you are a business person with business in APEC countries and go to an enrollment center and have your signature captured. I believe the signature gets printed onto the card.


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