Ireland – CAR Bonds

  • The Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR) administers the scheme of insolvency protection in Ireland. It is the central contact point in Europe for Ireland.

    Tour operators or travel agents established in Ireland who organise packages or facilitates linked travel arrangements can (a) remain licensed for its tour operator or travel agency business for packages which commence in Ireland; or (b) choose to be unlicensed for all of its business (except travel only commencing in Ireland), provided it complies with the applicable insolvency protection arrangements.

    A trader facilitating linked travel arrangements established in Ireland is required to have sufficient evidence of security in respect of all linked travel arrangements offered for sale/sold by the business in the EU (irrespective of the traveller’s place of residence, place of departure or where the package is sold). It must notify CAR  before carrying on such business in Ireland. 

    Irish established businesses must put in place insolvency protection to cover such sales; this will generally be in the form of a bond or insurance. CAR authorises Arcus Solutions to provide an insurance backed bond.  

    More details on CAR sales processes are Licensed Sales-Information on Licenses issued by CAR (