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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 and the Package Holidays and Travel Trade Act, 1995. In general terms, the two requirements that must be satisfied in order to obtain a licence relate to the financial standing of the applicant, as well as fitness and suitability to carry out either of the relevant activities.
The Commission has published a set of guidelines for potential applicants and applicants are strongly recommended to read the guidelines in advance of sending in their application.
Last updated: 17th July 2013
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|
|Renewal of travel agent's licence||€300|
The fee for tour operator license applications is set according to the "licensable turnover" of the applicant company. The fee structure is as follows:
Fees for tour operator licence applications
|€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.