Updates on avian influenza

For updates on avian influenza, please visit the website of the Centre for Health Protection and the pamphlet issued by the Department of Health.

New regulation on export of milk powder (with effect from 1 March 2013)

Please click here for details.

Advance activation of overseas cash withdrawal function

From 1 March 2013, outbound travellers are required to activate the overseas cash withdrawal function for their ATM cards and credit cards. Please click here for details.

Protection for inbound visitors

Inbound visitors may browse the “ Advice for Travellers ” and the “ FAQs ” sections to learn about the protection for them.

Recent decisions by TIC's disciplinary committees

Radiation monitoring by Hong Kong Observatory

Travellers may browse the Hong Kong Observatory's special webpage  to learn more about radiation monitoring, assessment and protection.

Outbound Travel Alert (OTA) System and Registration of Outbound Travel Information (ROTI)

Hong Kong residents planning to travel overseas are advised to browse the Security Bureau's OTA webpage and use the Hong Kong Immigration Department’s ROTI service to receive OTA updates and related information from the Government. 

Immigration Department's 24-hour helpline

Hong Kong residents who need help when they are outside the city may call the 24-hour hotline of the Immigration Department's Assistance to Hong Kong Residents Unit on (852)1868.

Hong Kong Travellers' Health Service

Travellers wishing to learn about latest news on health advice may go to the Hong Kong Travellers' Health Service website launched by the Port Health Office.

Visa-free Access for HKSAR Passports

Travellers may visit the GovHK website for an updated list of countries/territories which have granted visa-free access to HKSAR passport holders.

Forum on Hong Kong’s constitutional development: Tourism sector

The captioned forum will be held on 24 April to collect members' view on Hong Kong's constitutional development (Circular C1486).

Pre-service Tourist Guide Training Course (for English speakers)

The captioned course, which will commence on 26 May, is now open for enrolment (Circular C1485).

Contact persons of HKTDC exhibitions

Members may contact the relevant persons for group visits to exhibitions organised by the Trade Development Council ("Latest News").

Appreciation Dinner

Members that wish to join the Appreciation Dinner to be held on 15 May should register by 17 April (Circular C1484).

Tourist guide arrangements for outbound package tours

Members should pay attention to the captioned issue in order to protect the interests of themselves and travellers (Circular C1483).

Chairman seeks to clear up misunderstandings

Please click here for the Chairman's letter (in Chinese only) that seeks to clear up the misunderstandings of some trade members.

Extraordinary General Meeting (Reminder)

Members may refer to C1482 for the date and venue of the Extraordinary General Meeting.

Extraordinary General Meeting

The TIC is to hold an Extraordinary General Meeting on 26 March to seek members' support for the TIC's proposed future roles, structure and functions (Circular C1481).

Compliance with Fair Trading provisions of Trade Descriptions Ordinance

Members must comply with the Fair Trading provisions of the Trade Descriptions Ordinance (Circular C1476).

Collection of air ticket surcharges, etc for other parties

Members should clearly notify consumers of the details of air ticket surcharges, taxes, etc collected for other parties (Circular C1474).

Student helpers available to receive cruise visitors

Inbound agents that need student helpers to receive large parties from cruise ships visiting Hong Kong on an ad hoc or temporary basis may contact various universities and tertiary institutions (“ Latest News ”).

SME Funding Schemes

Members may go to the SME Funding Scheme’s website for details about the Schemes.

Benefits for tourist guides

Tourist guides must not ask others to receive inbound tours...

Geopark Guide Accreditation System

Tour Escorts

Latest information on courses for tour escorts...


Go to FAQs

Tourist guides must not ask others to receive inbound tours

Tourist guides must not allow others to assist them in receiving mainland inbound tours or to receive the tours in their stead (“ Latest News ”).

Tourist guides must not directly arrange inbound reception services

Tourist guides must not arrange tour-guiding and transfer services for inbound tours organised by mainland tour operators (“ Latest News ”).

Important notes for tourist guides at Shenzhen Bay Port (Hong Kong Port Area)

Tourist guides must have a Closed Area Permit in order to enter and stay at the Hong Kong Port Area of the Shenzhen Bay Port (“ Latest News ”).

Demerit system for tour guides

The TIC has set up a demerit system to improve the service standard of tourist guides who receive mainland visitors (“Other Rules for Tourist Guides”).

Tour guides must never force visitors to stay in shops

Tourist guides must not stop visitors from leaving the shops freely or coerce them into making purchases (“Latest News”).

Exemption arrangements for Continuing Professional Development Scheme

Latest information on courses for tour escorts

The Certificate Courses for Outbound Tour Escorts to be held during the following period is now open for enrolment:

(**People who wish to obtain the Tour Escort Pass must take the Certificate Course for Outbound Tour Escorts organised by the TIC.)

How can the franking machine be reloaded?
What are the procedures for renewing my Escort Pass? How much is the renewal fee?
I am a part-time tourist guide. The travel agent I have worked for has recently closed, leaving me unable to provide any proof of work experience. How then can I apply for the Tourist Guide Pass?
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Last Updated: 2014-4-11