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Traveller Information
Latest situation on local pneumonia 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 Severe Respiratory Disease associated with a Novel Infectious Agent as well as the details of the latest reported cases.

Please click here for the details of the third Steering Committee meeting in accordance with the Serious Response Level under the Preparedness and Response Plan convened on 23 January.

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 the latest update and preventive measures of dengue fever, please click here for details (Chinese only).

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.

Recovering the cost of levy payments from travellers

Members may recover the cost of levy payments from travellers. Please browse the leaflet and Directive No. 235: "Rules for recovering the cost of levy payments from customers" for details.

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
Green Lifestyle Local Tour Incentive Scheme

The Government has launched the Green Lifestyle Local Tour Incentive Scheme and each eligible travel agent is entitled to a cash incentive of HK$50,000 at most. Please click here for the details.

Travel Agents Incentive Scheme

The Government has launched the Travel Agents Incentive Scheme to pay each eligible travel agent HK$60,000 cash incentive at most. Please click here for the details.

Funding schemes and relief measures for the industry

A list of funding schemes and support offered by the Government and related organisations for members. For details, please refer to the List of Funding Schemes and relief measures for the industry.

Health Department may ask members for clients’ contact information

The Department of Health may ask member agents to provide clients’ contact information for the follow-up of infections related to the pneumonia cases in Wuhan (Circular C1870).

“Quality and Honest Hong Kong Tours” Red List Update

Members that wish to join the Red List should return the completed undertaking to the TIC by 7 February (Circular C1868).

TIC former Chairman Mr Ronnie Yuen passed away

TIC former Chairman Mr Ronnie Yuen passed away on 1 January 2020. Please refer to Circular C1867 for the details of the funeral arrangements.

The Voice of TIC is released

Please read the “Cover Story” of the latest issue of The Voice to know how to avoid committing an offence under the Trade Descriptions Ordinance.

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.

Directive Nos. 246 and 247

Directive Nos. 243 and 244 about work insurance for tour escorts and tourist guides are replaced by Directive Nos. 246 and 247. Such areas as the coverage of the two kinds of work insurance remain the same except their names (Directive Nos. 246 and 247).

Newly elected directors

Four directors were automatically elected at the Annual General Meeting held this afternoon (“Latest News”).

Annual Report 2018/2019

The Annual Report 2018/2019 of the TIC is released today (Circular C1855/“Annual Report”).

Directive No. 245

The regulations on package tour cancellation during the Chinese New Year have been tightened (Directive No. 245).

Survey and Research

The details of the project “Enhancing the Capability of Outbound SME Travel Agents for Service Innovation and Value Creation, Responding to the New Business Challenge” have been uploaded to the TIC website (Latest News).

Student helpers available to receive cruise visitors and offer assistance in MICE events

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

E-learning platform for tourism service industry

Industry members are welcome to use the e-learning platform (in Chinese only) launched by the Quality Tourism Services Association to enhance their service standards.

The HKTB announces new appointments in different strategic markets. Please click here for details.

Tour Escorts
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:      

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

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”).

Should travel agents be held responsible if travellers cannot depart as scheduled because of their visa or travel document?
What is the attendance requirement for the Certificate Course for Outbound Tour Escorts?
If a customer books hotel rooms and the admission ticket of theme parks through a travel agent, does the agent need to pay the levy by franking the receipt?

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Last Updated: 2020-1-23