About ATOL and How to Apply

Information on the ATOL scheme and how to choose and apply for a licence

About ATOL

The ATOL scheme exists to protect consumers if their travel organiser should fail. It ensures consumers are not stranded abroad and do not lose money paid to the travel organiser for holidays and flights.

The first ATOL Regulations requiring businesses to hold a licence were introduced in the 1970's.

Click here for more details about ATOL including:

Who needs an ATOL

An Air Travel Organiser's Licence (ATOL) is required by law when a firm sells:

  • a flight package which it has organised itself
  • a flight from the UK plus overseas accommodation and/or overseas car hire (Flight-Plus)
  • flights where a scheduled airline ticket is not issued straight away

Travel agents selling flight packages and flights as an agent for ATOL holders do not require their own ATOL, providing that these sales are documented correctly.

Choosing the right ATOL & How to apply

There are different types of ATOL licence depending on the type of business you operate.

Click here to establish the ATOL most suitable for your business and read more detailed information about applying for that specific category of licence.

How long does it take?

The initial application is assessed within two weeks, and requests for any additional information made and provided by the applicant.

We aim to reach a decision on an application, on average, no more than eight weeks after receiving all the information needed for us to consider it.

Related Links

ATOL Service Standards