Travel Agents/Tour Operators
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.
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 are a retailer or organiser established in another Member State and have 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.
Details of licensing and the application process can be found through the following link: Apply for a Licence
An application for a travel agent or tour operator licence must be accompanied by the relevant fee. The fee structure for travel agent licence is set out here.
The fee for tour operator license applications is set according to the "projected licensable turnover" of the applicant company. These fees can also be found through the Aviation Regulation website.
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:
Tel: + 353 1 661 1700
Commission for Aviation Regulation,
3rd Floor, Alexandra House,