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Cyprus Business Permits - Operating As A Tour Guide

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Information on permits required to operate as a Cyprus tour guide

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Operating as a Tourist Guide
    
Description

In order to exercise the occupation of a tourist guide in the Republic of Cyprus, one needs to obtain a tourist guide licence by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation.

Eligibility Criteria

A person is eligible to obtain a tourist guide licence if the Cyprus Tourism Organisation is satisfied that he/she:

is a citizen of an EU member state;

has not been convicted of a crime which invokes lack of honesty or moral turpitude or not be convicted for systematic contravention of the tourist or hotel legislation or the legislation relating to the control or the protection of foreign exchange;

has very good knowledge of the Greek language and at least one foreign language;

is a holder of a title of studies of the Tourist Guide School or any other recognized Tourist Guide School or diploma or certificate or have practiced the occupation in another member state and;

knows the history and art of Cyprus, the archaeological and historical sites, the natural environment and the modern life of the Republic.

Additionally, an adaptation period or an aptitude test may be required in accordance with the requirements set out in the Recognition of Professional Qualifications´ Law.

Application Procedure

The application form for the issue of a tourist guide licence can be submitted either electronically through the PSC Cyprus Portal or by post/hand to the competent authority:

Cyprus Tourism Organization

P.O.Box 24535

1390 Nicosia,

Cyprus

Tel. +357 22691105, +357 22691282

Fax. +357 22338541, +357 22331324

The application should be accompanied with the following documents:

copy of proof of nationality;

copy of proof of very good knowledge of the Greek language (if the Greek language is not the mother tongue);

copy of proof of very good knowledge of every language applied for;

copies of Certificate of the Tourist Guide School in Cyprus or abroad and official transcript of studies;

copies of certificates of academic qualifications (official translations in Greek or English language if applicable);

copy of evidence for working experience;

copy of a Licence to practise the occupation of a tourist guide, granted in accordance with the legislation of the other member state of descent or of origin;

original recent criminal record certificate.

The applicant is informed regarding the authorisation decision within 3 months from the date that the application form and supporting documents were duly submitted. Upon approval, the applicant needs to pay the licence fee of €30,00 (payable by cash, cheque or bank transfer).

The tourist guide’s licence is valid for a duration of two yearw (or part thereof) and expires on the 31st of December. The renewal fee is €30,00.

Obligations and Supervision

Licenced tourist guides are obliged to comply with the following:

attend an educational seminar every year organized by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation in order to update their knowledge on various topics;

present his/her licence upon request by the authorized officers of the CTO or Officers of the Government;

wear the official distinctive badge provided by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation;

not to guide a group of more than fifty five persons without the written special permit of the CTO.

Any tourist guide who without just cause, acts in contravention of a sightseeing tour agreement is guilty of an offence and is liable on conviction to the penalties provided for under the Regulation 18 of the Tourism and Travel Offices and Tourist Guides Regulations 2012, unless he secures in time the services of another tourist guide for the execution of the undertaken sight-seeing tour.

It is forbidden for a tourist guide:

to persistently offer services to sightseers;

to simultaneously offer double service, such as sight-seeing tour and driving of a vehicle, except in the case of driving a small vehicle of maximum capacity of nine passengers;

to carry out any religious, political or racial propaganda during the sightseeing tour;

to sell or offer for sale any items during the sightseeing tour;

to provide false or inaccurate information;

to accept any kind of commission offered by entrepreneurs;

to simultaneously carry out a sight seeing tour in more than two languages.

Every tourist guide must:

(a) examine complaints reported to him/her by sightseers, mediate for their solution and report the facts to the Cyprus Tourism Organisation;

(b) provide high quality service and behave with politeness towards the excursionists and the public in general;

(c) to act in such way that the environment, nature, ancient monuments, culture as well as the customs and sensitivities of the location where the sightseeing is taking place are being protected and regarded with respect;

(d) to accompany the group of tourist throughout the whole process of the organised tour or excursion.

The tourist guide licence may be revoked before its expiry in case the holder has been convicted for a violation of any of the provisions of the Tourism and Travel Offices and Tourist Guides Law and Regulations or has ceased to satisfy any of the conditions required for his/her approval or has violated any of the conditions of the licence.

Other Associations

Cyprus Tourist Guide Association

P.O.Box 24942,

1355 Nicosia,

Cyprus

Telephone: +357 22765755

Fax: +357 22766872

Source PSC

Last Updated 11 February 2017

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