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The information below is currently under revision following the signing of Statutory Instruments 80 and 105 of 2019, which transposed Directive (EU) 2015/2302 on Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements into Irish Law. Updated information will be published here shortly. The Statutory Instruments are available here


The CAR has uploaded its Commission Notice 1/2019 with all details, dates and fees for Spring licensing round.

Please be advised that the Commission’s secure on-line licensing system is unavailable due to testing.  If you have a licence that is due to expire on 30th April 2019 and you have not received an email from your CAR liaison please email immediately.

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.

Tá an fhoirm iarratais, na treoirlínte, agus an fhoirm dhearbhaithe ar fáil as Béarla nó as Ghaeilge. 

Last updated:  30th January 2019




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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