APEC Card - New Virtual Format

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Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 29 Jan 2016

Total posts 5

Received this from the APEC Processing Centre -

For Australian citizens: from 1 March 2021 onwards Australia will issue the Virtual ABTC (VABTC) a digital version of the card accessible through a cardholder’s smart device. ​P​h​ysical cards will no longer be issued after this date.

Australian ABTC holders will be able to use the VABTC in place of any physical card they were previously issued. A physical card issued before 1 March 2021 can still be used until it expires, even if the holder has downloaded and registered their VABTC.

Australian citizens

  • who have a physical card issued before 1 March 2021

or

  • who have received initial ‘AUS’ approval and are waiting for other economy pre-clearances

are now able to log into the VABTC. The log in process requires your Application ID in addition to other personal details – your Application ID was provided on confirmation of your card application and is different from your ABTC card number. Please check the original acknowledgement email. If you applied online through ImmiAccount you can also log into ImmiAccount to find your Application ID. (We understand that the Virtual ABTC is currently geo-blocked outside APEC economies on the relevant App Stores.)

Please follow these links to find further information and Frequently Asked Questions about the VABTC:

Virtual APEC Business Travel Card FAQs for Australian Cardholders

Virtual ABTC FAQ for Cardholders (general information & tips for getting the most out of the VABTC)

The Virtual ABTC Quick Reference User Guide includes VABTC Download Instructions

Business Travel Card for Australian citizens (homeaffairs.gov.au)

cssaus

United Airlines - Mileage Plus

Member since 29 Jan 2011

Total posts 77

Just downloaded the app, set it up and up came my virtual APEC card. However, still can't travel anywhere!


arrigoa2

Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

Member since 20 Jun 2013

Total posts 5

I have an existing card, and using the original application number was also able to set this up via the APP.

So all good there for those that would also like to use the APP and may already have a card.


bigchin

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 15 Sep 2011

Total posts 1

It would be good if the administraors of ABTC extended the validity of all cards by 2 years given we haven't been able to travel overseas for a year so far.

hvanney

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

Member since 17 Oct 2016

Total posts 9

Interesting that Singapore Airlines list holders of APEC cards showing Indonesia on the back as being able to enter Indonesia at the moment. No mention of this in any of the official Indonesian govt releases or on Garuda's website. Will be entering via Soekarno Hatta in next 24 hrs so will try to clarify at entry

PaulRamler

Member since 01 Aug 2019

Total posts 1

My current APEC card expires later this month. I successfully applied for a new card and have the Application Number. I cannot get visibility of the progress of the new card. Will it digitally replace my old card when it expires?

arrigoa2

Cathay Pacific - The Marco Polo Club

Member since 20 Jun 2013

Total posts 5

Originally Posted by PaulRamler

My current APEC card expires later this month. I successfully applied for a new card and have the Application Number. I cannot get visibility of the progress of the new card. Will it digitally replace my old card when it expires?

Received this from the APEC Processing Centre -

For Australian citizens: from 1 March 2021 onwards Australia will issue the Virtual ABTC (VABTC) a digital version of the card accessible through a cardholder’s smart device. ​P​h​ysical cards will no longer be issued after this date.

Australian ABTC holders will be able to use the VABTC in place of any physical card they were previously issued. A physical card issued before 1 March 2021 can still be used until it expires, even if the holder has downloaded and registered their VABTC.


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