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Latest situation on Covid-19 infection cases

The Centre for Health Protection of the Department of Health has set up a dedicated webpage to provide relevant information and health advice on Covid-19 as well as the details of the latest reported cases.

Protection for inbound visitors

Inbound visitors may browse the “ Advice for Travellers ” and the “ FAQs ” sections to learn about the protection for them. They may also browse the "List of Registered Shops" and “Shops whose Registration has been Cancelled”.

List of Passenger Fuel Surcharges

The public and travel agents may click the following to view the Passenger Fuel Surcharges collected by airlines:

List of operators and intending operators of study tours

Schools or organisations intending to appoint travel agents to organise study tours on their behalf can refer to the “List of operators and intending operators of study tours” and contact the travel agents directly.

Prohibited articles

For information about the import, export or transit of goods which are prohibited or controlled, please visit the Customs and Excise Department's website.

Communicable diseases and travel health advice

For updates on communicable diseases such as rubella in Japan, avian influenza and Ebola virus disease, please visit the Centre for Health Protection website.

Travellers wishing to learn about latest news on health advice, please visit the Hong Kong Travellers' Health Service website and the Travel Health Bulletin.

Guidance for booking cruise products through travel agents

Please browse the Guidance for booking cruise products through travel agents .

Recent decisions by TIC's disciplinary committees

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.

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.

Industry Information
Member Agents
Change of TIC's office hours

From 2 January 2021, the office hours of the TIC Executive Office will be changed to:

Monday to Friday: 9.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.30 pm;

Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: closed.

Designated Quarantine Hotel Scheme

With effect from 0:00am on 22 December 2020, all travellers arriving in Hong Kong from countries outside China must undergo 14-day compulsory quarantine at designated quarantine hotels. Please click here for details.

Conditional exemption for licensed travel agents to organise local group tours (removed with effect from 2 December 2020)

The Government announced on 20 October 2020 that conditional exemption has been granted to licensed travel agents to organise local group tours of not more than 30 persons including working staff accompanying the local group tours, with effect from 23 October; please click here for details of the exemption and here for the list of travel agents having been granted the conditional exemption and itineraries of local group tours having been registered.

Green Lifestyle Local Tour Incentive Scheme

Under the Green Lifestyle Local Tour Incentive Scheme, each eligible travel agent is entitled to cash incentives of HK$200,000 at most. The application period now lasts until 10 March 2021(Circular C1915). Please click here for the details and here for the “List of travel agents organising green lifestyle local tours” to know more about those travel agents intending to organise green lifestyle local tours .

Travel Agents Incentive Scheme

Under the Travel Agents Incentive Scheme, each eligible travel agent is entitled to cash incentives of HK$120,000 at most. The application period now lasts until 15 April 2021(Circular C1915). Please click here for the details.

Draft minutes of Annual General Meeting

The draft minutes of the 33rd Annual General Meeting held on 10 November 2020 are enclosed with Circular C1921.

Circulars and directives will only be sent by email

The TIC will send documents including circulars and directives to members only by email from 1 January 2021 onwards (Circular C1919).

Further extension of the validity of the Tourist Guide Pass and the two-year period for renewal of the Tourist Guide Pass

The validity of those TGPs and those two-year periods for renewal of TGPs which have expired or are due to expire during the period from 1 January 2020 to 31 May 2021 is further extended until 30 June 2021 (Circular C1918).

Dedicated Email System for Tours from Shenzhen to Hong Kong

Please click here for the dedicated email addresses of Hong Kong’s receiving agents. The dedicated email addresses of Shenzhen’s outbound agencies can be downloaded here (password not required).

Members who are unable to obtain the latest information of the dedicated email address, please contact our Inbound Department on 2807-1199.

Annual Report 2019/2020

The Annual Report 2019/2020  of the TIC has online version only and is released today ( “Annual Report”).

Local group tours also eligible for tour coach permits to access High Island Reservoir East Dam

The captioned measure will be piloted for three months from 1 November 2020 (Circular C1912).

Members may share premises now

Some of the requirements for premises are relaxed. Please refer to Circular C1903 and Directive No. 249 for details.

Temporary extension of time limit for levy refund applications

The time limit for levy refund applications is extended from one year to two years (Circular C1900).

Relief measures for the trade from different parties

For the temporary relief measures from banks, please click here; for the funding schemes and support offered by the Government and related organisations for members, please click here.

Tour Escorts
Latest information on courses for tour escorts

In view of the latest situation of COVID-19, applications for the "Certificate Courses for Outbound Tour Escorts" are not accepted until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

Handy Tips for Tour Escorts

The “Handy Tips for Tour Escorts” covers general rules for healthy travel, basic first aid, insurance claims procedures and useful telephone numbers.

Safeguard HK

Security Bureau's mobile app Safeguard HK is launched.

Tourist Guides
Benefits for tourist guides

Training Programme Subsidy Scheme (for Tourist Guides) / CPD Subsidy Scheme

The Government announced on 8 June 2020 that the scheme extended for six months until 27 April 2021.  Please click here for details.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for tourist guides

Tourist guides may click the following links to browse the information of the CPD activities:

  1. Knowledge on Hong Kong” Workshop / Quiz 
  2. Seminars on professional ethics
  3. Self-selected courses

Geopark Guide Accreditation System

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”).

What kinds of information should I provide when lodging a complaint?
What does "separate and independent premises" mean? Can I take part of the area of our Group's premises to operate our travel agent business?

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Last Updated: 2021-1-15