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.
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:
|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:
|€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.
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
|Phone: +353-(0) 1-6611700|
|Fax: +353-(0) 1-6611269|