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Travel Agents/Tour Operators

All tour operators and travel agents trading in the State are required by law to be licensed and bonded to buy or sell overseas travel originating in the State to destinations outside the State or Northern Ireland unless they qualify for exemption being a retailer or organiser established in another Member State who has provided the Commission for Aviation Regulation with sufficient evidence of security for the protection of consumers.

The Commission has produced a set of guidelines on the travel agents and tour operators licensing regime, which can be downloaded at the following link.

Applying for a licence

A person wishing to operate as either a travel agent, or tour operator must hold a valid licence. The Commission for Aviation Regulation is responsible for the licensing of tour operators and travel agents under the Transport (Tour Operators and Travel Agents) Act, 1982 as amended.

Fees

An application for a travel agent or tour operator licence must be accompanied by the relevant fee. The fee structure for travel agent licence applications is as follows:

Fees for travel agent licence applications
New applicants€600
Renewal of travel agent's licence€300

The fee for tour operator license applications is set according to the "projected licensable turnover" of the applicant company. The fee structure is as follows:

Fees for tour operator licence applications
Licensable turnoverFee
€635,000 or less€300
€635,001 but not exceeding €1,270,000€600
€1,270,001 but not exceeding €3,810,000€1,550
€3,810,001 but not exceeding €6,350,000€2,150
€6,350,001 but not exceeding €12,700,000€3,100
€12,700,001 but not exceeding €25,400,000€7,800
For every €1,270,000 or part thereof in excess of €25,400,000 an additional fee of€300
Additional fee for new applicant€300

Note: Fees payable are non-refundable.

Contact Details

For further information on operating as either a travel agent, or tour operator in Ireland you should contact the Commission for Aviation Regulation directly here:

Commission for Aviation Regulation
3rd Floor, Alexandra House, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2, D02 W773

Phone: +353-(0) 1-6611700
Fax: +353-(0) 1-6611269 
Email: info@aviationreg.ie