Coronavirus: Travel Agents Coronavirus Financial Assistance Scheme 2021

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Note: Application for the Travel Agents Coronavirus Financial Assistance Scheme 2021 is now closed.

For applications received by 5pm on Friday 26 March, all supporting evidence had to be provided to travelagentdocumentation@executiveoffice-ni.gov.uk by 5pm on Sunday 28 March 2021.

The Travel Agents Coronavirus Financial Assistance Scheme 2021 provides a financial support grant payment to eligible travel agents (including self-employed travel agents) who were operating during the period 5 March 2020 until 12 March 2021 and intend to continue operating.  

The support offered will be via a one-off payment of £10,000 for travel agents in Northern Ireland operating from commercial premises (travel agents with more than one premises may apply for a payment for each premises) and a one-off payment of £3,500 for self-employed travel agents working from home in Northern Ireland. 

The scheme is open to eligible travel agents under the Travel Agents (Coronavirus, Financial Assistance) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2021 which is made under the powers conferred by sections 1(2), 3 and 4 of The Financial Assistance Act (Northern Ireland) 2009.

The scheme is specifically designed to provide financial assistance to travel agents in recognition of the impact of the pandemic on their trade. This is additional support which is available to eligible travel agents who may have received support from other schemes.

If you think that you are eligible for support from the Travel Agents Financial Assistance Scheme in line with the legislation, you must apply online. Hard copy applications cannot be accepted for this scheme.

The scheme is now open for applications and closes at 5pm on Friday 26 March 2021.

Eligibility criteria

Premises based travel agents
To be eligible for financial assistance, a premises based travel agent must demonstrate that they meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • are operating from commercial premises in Northern Ireland as a travel agent;
  • has been so operating from 5 March 2020 to 12 March 2021;
  • intend to continue operating; and
  • have suffered financial hardship as a travel agent as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus

Self-employed travel agents
To be eligible for financial assistance, a self-employed travel agent must demonstrate that they meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • are operating from home in Northern Ireland as a self-employed travel agent;
  • have been so operating from 5 March 2020 to 12 March 2021;
  • intend to continue so operating; and
  • have suffered financial hardship as a travel agent as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus.

How much can you get?

The support offered will be via a one-off payment of £10,000 for travel agents in Northern Ireland operating from commercial premises (travel agents with more than one premises may apply for a one-off payment for each premises) and a one-off payment of £3,500 for self-employed travel agents working from home in Northern Ireland.

Exclusions

  • Businesses that are not travel agents are ineligible.
  • Travel agents that operate from premises outside Northern Ireland or self-employed travel agents that operate from homes outside of Northern Ireland are ineligible.
  • The grant will not result in the applicant’s UK business exceeding the 325,000 Special Drawing Rights maximum allowed under Article 3.2(4) of the subsidy control chapter of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (equivalent to £344,600)

Further information

Payments will only be issued to successful applicants who meet the eligibility criteria above. No payments will be made to any applicant before the closing date of 26 March 2021.

Read the Travel Agents Coronavirus Financial Assistance Scheme Guidance to check eligibility before you apply.

How to apply

If you think that you are eligible for support from this Travel Agents Coronavirus Financial Assistance Scheme 2021 in line with the legislation, you must apply online only.

Travel Agents Coronavirus Financial Assistance Scheme 2021 - apply online


The deadline for applications is 5pm on 26 March 2021 (with supporting evidence to be provided by 5pm on 28 March 2021).

First published 19 March 2021