Apply for a Licence

The CAR has uploaded its Commission Notice CN1/2017 with details on the Spring licensing round.

Please be advised that the Commission’s secure on-line licensing system is unavailable due to testing, if you are a repeat applicant and have not received an email from containing the application form and declaration sheet, please contact the Travel Trade team as soon as possible.

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, the Package Holidays and Travel Trade Act, 1995 and the State Airports (Shannon Group) Act, 2014.  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.

If you are a new applicant who wishes to apply for a Travel Agents/Tour Operators licence, please contact the Travel Trade team by emailing with details of your proposed business.

Last updated:  18 January 2017


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 "licensable turnover" of the applicant company.  The fee structure is as follows:

Fees for tour operator licence applications

Licensable turnover Fee
€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.

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