TRAVEL PRIORITY AMONG 18 COUNTRIES OF APEC ZONE
APEC Card (ABTC) is a document issued by a competent authority to an entrepreneur to facilitate travel for business, trade, investment, and service activities / attend conferences or seminars / other economic purposes in APEC countries and territories that are participating in the Program.
* Owning an APEC card, cardholders can exit or enter up-to-18 countries without any visa.
Opportunities of Starting Business with foreign partners can come unexpectedly beyond the intentions of entrepreneurs and businesses. While Air-ticket and Passport can be easily booked, Visa is a serious barrier that can make your trip cancelled in the last minute if your staff does not monitor closely, or does not have enough experience in applying for visa. Free movement is not only an advantage of entrepreneurs, but also a competitive advantage for business people, especially when they are heading to or in charge of developing APEC zone markets.
With strict inspection process of Vietnam and 18 countries / territories of APEC customs, once entrepreneurs are granted APEC cards, this card is considered to replace Visa of 18 countries and territories in APEC. This is considered to be an extremely convenient, effective and flexible Travel Paper for entrepreneurs, easy solving unwanted procedural obstacles in outbound travel.
Only by presenting the validated APEC card along with Passport, card-owners can easily enter-exit at the customs. Whenever entering the country, APEC card-owners will be granted temporary residence certificates automatically by countries and territories, according to the current regulations of those countries and territories.
Due to strict card issuance conditions, card-owners are highly appreciated for their capabilities and financial capacity, thus, they are often prioritized support at airports and customs ... to facilitate their work. In addition, when card-owners need to apply visas to developed countries such as the US, Canada, Sweden, the UK, ... ABTC can bring prestigious advantages, making the visa application process convenient and fast.
Although ABTC is granted to individuals, it represents a well-operating business which have business with countries in APEC. Therefore, company that owns ABTCs is considered to have good and legal business in APEC zone.
Australia, Chile, China, Brunei, HongKong, Taiwan, Peru, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Korea, Japan, New Zealand, Singapore, Mexico and Russia.
APEC cards can only be granted by a company with legal entity status. The branch or representative office cannot apply for the card. The company applying for a card must register for social insurance for employees and have operated for 1 year or more. In the process of applying for card, the company is not entitled to tax, social insurance, customs tax. Sales of goods declared at the tax office in the preceding year must reach VND 10b or more.
Applicants must have time to participate in social insurance at the company which is applying for the card for at least 12 months and must be on the list of wage earners in the file of personal income tax of the final year (unless they are capital contributing member of the company and is not on the list of wage earners in the final year PIT finalization dossier). Applicants must be Vietnamese with a passport issued by Vietnam and older than 24 years old, have traveled to APEC countries for the past 2 years.
The company applying for card must have activities of buying and selling goods or doing business with a partner in APEC zone for a period not exceeding 1 year up to the present time. The cooperation is expressed through the contracts signed between the parties and documents showing the performance of the contract, such as bank transfer confirmation, import and export customs declaration and documents as well as other payments.
04 certified copies of the business registration certificate and tax registration certificate (if any) + 02 copies of company's seal registration certificate.
03 certified copies and 01 copy of Passport of APEC card holder (photo of all pages showing immigration information. If the passport has been changed in the last 1 year, old passport must be provided).
04 copies of the company Labor contract (the type of indefinite term if there is a social insurance at the company which is applying for APEC card) + 04 copies of Company Position Assignment of APEC card holder (if any).
01 copy of the company Notice of the latest monthly social insurance contribution of the company applying for APEC card.
01 copy of social insurance book of APEC card holder (if any). Provide more information about the month / year starting to pay social insurance at the company applying for the card.
04 certified copies of Import / Export goods declaration of the company with 01 partner in APEC zone (Duration not exceeding 01 year up to the present time) and tax payment receipt corresponding to the declaration Customs shall be made no more than 01 year up to the present time + 04 copies of the company contract for sale and purchase corresponding to the Declaration.
Or 04 certified copies of business cooperation contract of the company with a valid partner in the APEC zone and the bank's certificate with a round stamp showing that one party has transferred money to the other party under the contract. Signed is made no more than 01 year up to the present time.
Letter of introduction of the company.
05 newly taken 3x4 white background photos of the applicant (photo without glasses).
Information on telephone and fax numbers of companies applying for cards; phone number, email address, permanent address, personal income tax code of the person applying for APEC card.
APEC cards which have been issued most recently to those who apply for cards (if any).