From an older APEC application of mine - but I think it's more relaxed now.There is no four visit rule. Not sure where that's come from.
When I applied for mine I think I had one, maybe two visits to Singapore. My application was done based on future travel for my job.
CheersTo be eligible for an ABTC, Australian applicants must satisfy
the following business-related criteria:
• the applicant must demonstrate frequent travel (a minimum
of 4 business trips in the last 12 months) from the
applicant’s place of residence to an APEC economy (other
than Australia) for business purposes;
Update FYIRelated info - My APEC card expires April 2021. I have asked about the possibility of an extension. No response yet after 14 days. To apply for a new card, one needs to demonstrate travel 4 (?) times to an APEC country in the previous 12 months. Fairly obviously, that is not going to happen.
Is anyone else in a similar situation?
Interesting, though not very surprising.Update FYI
I have received the following from the Dept of Home Affairs-
Thank you for your correspondence of 4 August 2020 to the Minister for Home Affairs,
the Hon Peter Dutton MP, concerning extending the validity of your APEC Business Travel
Card. The Minister appreciates the time you have taken to bring this matter to his
attention and has asked that I reply on his behalf. I apologise for the delay in responding.
It is not currently possible to extend the validity period of an APEC Business Travel Card
(ABTC). The requirement for an ABTC applicant to demonstrate frequent previous travel
to other APEC economies however, will be interpreted flexibly in consideration of global
travel restrictions resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak.
Thank you for raising this matter with the Minister.