ABTC printing and delivery times

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brettmcg89

Member since 12 Nov 2018

Total posts 8

I received notifcation last Thursday (29AUG19) that my interim ABTC card had been issued.

Does anyone have any recent anecdotal evidence as to current printing and mailing times?

The automated email suggested:

Your card will be added to the queue for the next available print run.

Please note, due to current volumes, some delays may be experienced. If there is urgent or impending travel, the appropriate visas will need to be organised while the card is being printed and posted.

Once the APEC Business Travel Card has been printed, applicants in Australia can expect to receive their card in approximately fifteen (15) business days.

I have impending travel to Vietnam on 19SEP, and am wondering when I should just bite the bullet and organise a normal business visa.

Ourmanin

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

Member since 08 Jun 2018

Total posts 103

Given the timelines you have outlined above it's pretty clear to me that you need to bite the bullet. Sods Law probably means it will turn up the day before you depart. But given that 19th September is 15 business days from the 29th August and it may not be printed then anyway, you're going to be taking an enormous chance of you risk it. Even if someone comes here and provides anecdotal evidence of a quicker time you cannot rely on that.

S

Member since 13 Sep 2013

Total posts 96

Mine arrived in the mail in just under 2 weeks after approval. I would expect it to turn up some time next week, otherwise get the ball rolling for a business visa on Monday before you go. Vietnam visas can usually be turned around in 2 days.

brettmcg89

Member since 12 Nov 2018

Total posts 8

Originally Posted by S

Mine arrived in the mail in just under 2 weeks after approval. I would expect it to turn up some time next week, otherwise get the ball rolling for a business visa on Monday before you go. Vietnam visas can usually be turned around in 2 days.

Out of interest, was that an Interim Card or a Full Card?

I have everything ready to go for a Business Visa application early next week should it not turn up by then! Thanks all!

S

Member since 13 Sep 2013

Total posts 96

That was my interim card. Taipei and Thailand took a few more weeks to clear.
All in all, I was really surprised out how fast the process was, after hearing so many fellow Aussies complain about how difficult the process is. It was very very simple.

brettmcg89

Member since 12 Nov 2018

Total posts 8

I'm now only waiting on Chinese Taipei and Papua New Guinea for the full card.

I found the process to be very straightforward, and as of today I'm at exactly one month since AUS approval (which actually occurred same day as application).

S

Member since 13 Sep 2013

Total posts 96

I had the same experience. I found the whole process to be really easy.

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