APEC Business Travel Card – Join the U.S. “Global Entry Trusted Traveler” Program Now

Global Entry Trusted Traveler Program

Global Entry Program – Trusted Traveler Card: Available now …

What is Global Entry? A U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the United States. Though intended for frequent international travelers, there is no minimum number of trips necessary to qualify for the program. Participants may enter the United States by using automated kiosks located at select airports, including San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Global Entry is open to U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, Dutch citizens, and Mexican nationals. Canadian citizens and residents may enjoy Global Entry benefits through membership in the NEXUS program. Citizens of APEC economies, including Vietnam, may receive similar benefits by obtaining an APEC Business Travel Card from their governments’ passport agencies. Click here to apply for the Global Entry Program Trusted Traveler Card. Or click here to read more about the Global Entry Program.

APEC Business Travel Card: Coming soon …

During the Nov 2011 APEC Summit in Hawaii, President Obama signed the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) Act, a bill that will expedite travel in the Asia-Pacific region for qualified American travelers. Under the bill, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is authorized to issue the ABTC to U.S. citizens as part of its Global Entry Program.

Recently passed legislation now authorizes the United States to issue the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC) to eligible U.S. citizens. The cards will allow U.S. ABTC holders to receive expedited scheduling of visa interviews and access to fast-track immigration lanes at airports in APEC’s 21 economies.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is working to implement the program as soon as possible. Once the ABTC production commences in the United States, information will be available at USA-ABTC@dhs.gov

For further information contact:

APEC Office
U.S. Customs and Border Protection
International Affairs and Trade Relations
Fax: 202-344-3549
Email: click here to send email to APEC Office/CBP.

Click these links to view:

The White House Fact Sheet on the ABTC

The APEC Business Travel Card was a priority of the Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) in 2011 and APCAC played a critical role in lending a sense of urgency in getting the bill passed and signed into law.

Posted: 2011-11-16 Updated: 2012-11-14

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