Invitation on the application for organising Sha Tau Kok Frontier Closed Area Local Tour from 1 April to 30 June 2023
With the Northern Metropolis Development Strategy devised by the HKSAR Government, the Sha Tau Kok Frontier Closed Area located in the northern New Territories was opened in early June 2022. Travel agents are allowed to organize local group tours to go sightseeing and take a ferry at the Pier to visit neighbouring places including Lai Chi Wo and Kat O on designated dates. Its aim is to let the members of the public have a deep understanding of its history and culture, natural scenery, and tourist attractions.
The Council is entrusted to deal with the allocation of application rights of applying for tourist permits to the Sha Tau Kok Frontier Closed Area. Licensed travel agents, who intend to apply, must read and understand all the contents, terms and conditions, and confirm that they can provide relevant services. Once the application is submitted, it means acceptance of the terms and constraints stipulated in this invitation letter.
Details of inviting licensed travel agents as service providers for the Sha Tau Kok Frontier Closed Area Local Tour project are as follows:
|Departure Date (Operation Day)||
Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays from 1 April to 30 June 2023 (both dates inclusive).
|Qualification for application||
Licensed travel agents who have registered local tour itineraries with TIC on or before 31 January 2023.
Each quota equals to one Operation Day
|Time slot to enter the Sha Tau Kok Frontier Closed Area||
Three time slots to enter the designated area in Sha Tau Kok Frontier Closed Area are available on each Operation Day. Not more than 100 persons including tourists, tourist guides, tour escorts and drivers are allowed in each time slot. Pick-up and drop-off space for three coaches is provided.
|Number of Tour Groups on Each Operation Day||
|Application of Permit to the Sha Tau Kok Frontier Closed Area||
Selected licensed travel agents have to apply the permits to Sha Tau Kok Frontier Closed Area with the Hong Kong Police directly. All tourist coach, drivers, tourist guides, tour escorts and working staff are required to apply and obtain the permits in advance.
|Local Tour Itinerary||
Local tour group itinerary must include a visit to the designated area of Sha Tau Kok Frontier Closed Area, the Public Pier, and Lai Chi Wo by boat.
|Tourist Guides / Tour Escort||
Travel agents must employ tourist guides or tour escorts who have completed the physical training course or online course on Sha Tau Kok Frontier Closed Area organized by the Council to guide the Sha Tau Kok Frontier Closed Area Local Tour.
|Allocation of the rights to apply permit||
If the total of number of applicants is more than the available Operation Day, a draw will be conducted to draw out the successful applicants according to the available operation day on 10 February 2023 (Friday).
On or before 5:00 p.m. on 8 February 2023 (Wednesday).
Any applications after the deadline will not be accepted.
10 February 2023（Friday）
*The designated area in Sha Tau Kok Frontier Closed Area is referring to the area that is next to the Sha Tau Kok Public Area which is used as carpark and area for the small hawker stall.
Please kindly read and confirm your understanding of the above details, and terms and conditions before hand in your application.