In order to establish and operate a Tourist and Travel Agency in the Republic of Cyprus, natural and legal persons of EU member states need to obtain the licence for the establishment and operation of a tourist and travel agency by the Deputy Ministry of Tourism.
(Who Is Eligible)
A licence to establish and operate a Tourist and Travel Agency in the Republic of Cyprus can be granted only to natural persons residents in the Republic of Cyprus or in another member state or legal persons established in the Republic of Cyprus or another member state.
Non EU member state companies may operate in the Republic of Cyprus on a permanent basis only if represented by a licensed Tourist and Travel Agency in the Republic of Cyprus.
Every Tourist and Travel Agency must be managed by a manager who shall:
(a) (i) either be a graduate of a recognized higher School of Tourist Occupations or possess a University degree in tourism and have at least one year working experience in a travel agency;
(ii) either be a holder of a University degree and have at least three years working experience in a travel agency;
(iii) or be a graduate of a sixth grade school of secondary education and have at least seven years working experience in a travel office, airline or shipping company in departments dealing mainly and directly with tourist and travel activities.
(b) have a good knowledge of at least one foreign language of those prevailing in the tourist industry.
(c) not be prohibited by reason of a judicial order from dealing with the property thereof; and
(d) not have been convicted of an offence which entails absence of honesty or moral turpitude or not have been convicted for a violation of any legislation for which the Deputy Ministry of Tourism has competence.
In case the applicant is a legal person, all the Members of the Board of Directors are required to have the qualifications as prescribed in paragraphs (c) and (d) above.
(Where To Apply)
The application for the Establishment of a Tourist and Travel Agency can be submitted either through the PSC Cyprus or by post/hand to the competent authority.
Deputy Ministry of Tourism
P.O.Box 24535, 1390 Nicosia
Tel. +357 22691163, +357 22691282
Fax +357 22338541
(Which Certificates Must Be Submitted)
The application should be accompanied by the following documents:
The licence is valid for a duration of two years (or part of them) and expires on the 31st of December. The renewal fee is € 300,00.
Obligations and Supervision
(Legislation & Obligations)
(Which Laws & Regulations Apply)
The Deputy Ministry of Tourism supervises, in a prescribed manner, the operation of the licensed Tourist and Travel Agencies in order to ensure compliance with the provisions of the relevant Laws and Regulations and the terms of the licence, as well as the various activities of the Agency in order to secure high quality standards of service for the protection of the consumer and to avoid bad reputation of the Republic of Cyprus or a damaging effect on the tourist trade thereof.
Every licensed Tourist and Travel Agency is obliged to comply with the following: