Can I bring a companion with my APEC card?

The APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) is generally issued for individual business travelers and is not intended for use by companions or family members. The card is specific to the named individual, and its primary purpose is to facilitate business travel within the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies.

Here are some key points to consider:

  1. Individual Use:
    • The APEC card is typically issued for the individual named in the card and is not transferable. It is meant to expedite entry procedures for the business traveler.
  2. Companions Require Separate Travel Documents:
    • Companions or family members who wish to travel with the APEC cardholder must have their own valid travel documents, such as passports and appropriate visas, if required by the destination country.
  3. APEC Card Does Not Replace Visa Requirements:
    • While the APEC card facilitates entry to participating APEC economies, it does not exempt the cardholder from specific visa requirements in each country. Companions should check the visa requirements of the destination country and obtain the necessary visas.
  4. Check with Immigration Authorities:
    • It’s advisable to check with the immigration authorities of the specific APEC member economy you plan to visit to understand their policies regarding companions and whether any additional documentation is required for them. For example, in countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, you can easily take a companion with you, but in Japan you will be required to have a companion card.

Always refer to the official guidelines and regulations provided by the immigration authorities of the destination country. Since policies can vary, it’s essential to verify the specific requirements for travel with companions directly with the relevant immigration authorities or consulate of the country you plan to visit.