Enter these countries with an APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC)

If you like traveling and always feel troubled to always apply for a visa every time you go to countries like Australia, China, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea, and Taiwan. Because to enter the countries that I mentioned earlier we need a visa. So for those of you who don’t want to be bothered because of applying for Visa, there is 1 (one) solution for you, especially for those of you who frequently or routinely visit these countries by using the APEC Business Travel Card or abbreviated as ABTC.
What is ABTC? ABTC is a travel card for APEC business people that applies in APEC countries that impose this APEC card scheme, which is as many as 19 countries, where you are facilitated in entering and exiting APEC member countries. So you don’t need to apply for a visa every time you visit this APEC participating country. For more information about APEC Business Travel Card, you can check on the offshorecitizen website.

Maybe if you hear the word APEC Business Travel Card only applies to entrepreneurs or business owners. If I am just an ordinary private employee, can I apply for this ABTC card? If you read the Terms as long as you have Occupation and Not Unemployment (no Work), you can apply for this ABTC Card.

General requirements for submitting ABTC:

1. Fill out the Registration Form
2. Application Letter from the Company (addressed to the Director of Traffic Immigration Up. Head of Sub Directorate of Visa)
3. Letter of Recommendation from the Employers’ Association / Professional (in the form of recommendations that are not member cards/member signs of certain associations).
For those of you who want to ask for a Letter of Recommendation from the Employers’ Association, you can get it like in KADIN which is located not far from the Directorate General of Immigration Building, which is about 1.3 km and requires approximately 15-20 minutes on foot. The last time (last year) the requirements were a Letter of Recommendation from your company working regarding the application for making a Recommendation Letter for ABTC Purposes and at that time for making a Recommendation Letter, a fee of Rp. 2,000,000, – (not a member).
For further information, you can contact the Employers’ Association such as K ADIN / APINDO / Other Associations
4. Bank Reference Letter with a balance statement of the last 3 (Three) months with a minimum of Rp. 500,000,000, – (Personal account not a company / husband and parent-child account).

To get a Bank Reference Letter, you only need to go to the Bank where your Fund is placed with a KTP, Savings Book and ATM. Go to the Bank’s Customer Service (CS) and let us know your purpose is to ask for a Bank Reference and for what purposes the Reference is made. After that, the CS section will process the Bank Reference Letter that you requested and you will be charged an administration fee of Rp. 100,000 (BCA Bank) * Administration fees for Bank Reference vary depending on the Bank where you request a Bank Reference
5. Photocopy of passport with a minimum validity period of 2 years
6. Proof of a business trip for the past 6 months (copy of the past 6 months passport, 3 times business trip).
7. Police records are well-behaved issued by the Police / Regional Police.

To obtain a Police Record Certificate (SKCK) you can do online registration. 
8. Photocopy of ID card (work on a KTP must be representative of a business, such as Employees or Entrepreneurs.
9. The latest 3×4 colored 2-piece passport photo (red background, formal wear, and studio photo quality)
10. Attach a signature using a special whiteboard marker to be uploaded to the system.
After all documents the requirements for submitting ABTC applications are complete. You just go to the Office of the Directorate General of Immigration on the 1st floor of the ABTC section on Jl. HR Rasuna Said Block X-6 Kav.8 Kuningan, South Jakarta during the service hours for ABTC filing, Monday-Thursday. 09.00-12.00 and Friday 09: 00-11: 30

If you want to use the mode of transportation Busway from Harmoni take the path direction Blok M and gets down in the upper hamlet 1 and moves the direction of the hamlet direction to 2 destinations Ragunan and gets off at GOR Sumantri. The building location is across the busway stop.
The cost of making ABTC cards is Rp. 2,500,000 (two million five hundred rupiahs). P roses ABTC takes about 6 months or more, depending on the process of approval of the 19 countries participating in ABTC.

The duration of the ABTC card is 5 years and does not exceed the validity period of the passport.

ABTC cards can be taken after all Approval processes are complete. So far the costs incurred for making ABTC cards are approximate Rp. 4,500,000, – with a note that you take care of yourself. (Actually, the ABTC card production was only Rp.2,500,000 because it was added to the cost of making a Recommendation Letter from the Employers’ Association in the amount of Rp. 2,000,000).

Hopefully, this discussion can be useful.

APEC Forum Useful for Small Entrepreneurs?

For 24 years joining as a member of the Asia Pacific economic cooperation forum (APEC), the implications felt by Indonesia were only enjoyed by business people.

“For the small people, it has only felt the positive impact of joining APEC,” said international economic-political analyst Beginda Pakpahan.
The man who holds a doctorate from the University of Edinburgh, England, at the beginning of this year, explained the benefits felt by entrepreneurs that they can obtain a special business travel card called the APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC).
This card, he said, can be used as a visa to visit APEC economies. It was noted, there were 19 member countries that could be entered with this special card.
According to Beginda, holding a credit card-sized card can save business time in obtaining a visa. ABTC is valid for three years.
“Because this is an economic forum, those who feel the benefits directly from the economic actors. However, now the question is whether small-scale entrepreneurs (SMEs) or non-business people can share the implications,” Beginda said.
The holding of the annual summit between the Minister of Cooperatives and SMEs in the APEC forum only, said Beginda, is not necessarily able to help promote the products and services provided by SME business people.
Even though ideally, he continued, by joining the APEC forum, it is expected that there will be a snowball effect after gaining access to the Asia Pacific market.
“From there, then Indonesia can maximize domestic human resources and make the products of the homeland penetrate into the Asia Pacific market. The effect is that it can contribute income to the domestic economy,” said the man who works as a teacher and researcher at the University of Indonesia is.
Therefore, said Beginda, taking responsibility as chairman of the APEC implementation in 2013, Indonesia has strategic points and must be maximized as well as possible.
“At least by being chairman, Indonesia has the advantage of pushing the agenda to be discussed at this meeting,” he said.
There are three agendas that will be appointed by Indonesia at the 2013 APEC Summit, namely achieving the objectives set out in the Bogor Declaration, technical connectivity among APEC member countries and achieving sustainable and equitable growth.
Indonesia’s involvement in the APEC forum had begun since the beginning of the economic cooperation organization which was formed in 1989. Indonesia is one of 12 countries that have contributed to the birth of APEC.
According to Beginda, Indonesia’s motives are joining APEC, because at that time the intra-Southeast Asian region was not yet large enough. “It is hoped that by including large countries such as the United States and countries can develop trade between Indonesia and other countries in ASEAN,” he said.
Now APEC consists of 19 countries and two government administrations. The membership system that applies within APEC is more flexible and through consensus. “All decisions at APEC are voluntary based,” Beginda said. The 21 member countries will meet on October 1-8 in Nusa Dua, Bali.