Tour Guide ID Card

ETOA Tour Guide ID Card

Tour guides contracted by ETOA members are eligible to apply for an ID card. Card validity runs until 31st March of the year following successful application. By arrangement, operators may make applications for their contracted tour guides directly.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications for the Tour Guide ID Card 2019 is now closed. Applications for the 2020 Season ID cards (valid until 31 March 2021) will open in January. Please contact tourguide@etoa.org in case you urgently need a new card or if you need a replacement card.

If you are an Operator interested in our Tour Guide ID Cards and you would like to set up your Company for the 2020 Season, please contact us.

Charges, Refund & Cancellation Policy
Charges for Tour Guide ID Cards are non-refundable; the cards are non-transferable.
The price of the card is €25.00 excl. VAT
In order to cover costs, the fee for re-issuing a lost card is €15+VAT.

The card is evidence of status. It has proved to be a convenient form of photo-ID that shows the holder is a professional tour guide contracted by an operator to lead tours. As such, it can provide reassurance to officials tasked with controlling commercial activity. For example, it helps distinguish the holder from an individual offering guiding services directly to visitors without appropriate authorisation, as distinct from providing services under a contract already made between visitor and operator. It has proven to be useful where museums and other attractions choose to recognise it.

It is NOT evidence of a qualification, thus it is neither a licence nor a certificate. It does not affect the holder’s rights to provide services.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Guiding in the EU

You can only apply for our Tour Guide ID card if the company you work for is an ETOA member. You can check if the company is a member here. If the company you work for is an ETOA member but does not appear on the list in the application form, please contact tourguide@etoa.org.

You can apply if you provide your services for a company who is a member of ETOA. Remember, the card will be sent directly to their office (the address the card will be sent to appears in the field below the Tour Operator name in the application form when the Tour Operator is chosen).

Yes, you can apply if you are providing services for an ETOA member. ETOA’s definition of a Tour Guide is that they may work with the same group over a period of days on a closed-circuit tour or/and on a specialist walking tour. Note that the ETOA Tour Guide ID card is NOT evidence of a qualification, thus it is neither a licence nor a certificate. It does not affect the holder’s rights to provide services. If you are providing services in countries where guiding is regulated, you will need to comply with the local regulation.

We aim to post the card via Royal Mail within 21 days from order date. Depending on the delivery country, the card may be held up in customs or delayed due to local service, which is out of our control. Cards sent to addresses outside the United Kingdom will be sent tracked and signed. Cards are sent directly to the company address. Please contact tourguide@etoa.org if you need the tracking number.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to send Tour Guide ID cards to your personal address. The address the card will be sent to appears in the field below the Tour Operator name in the application form when the Tour Operator is chosen. If you believe this address is incorrect, please contact tourguide@etoa.org before you apply for the card.

The Tour Guide ID cards are charged in EURO currency. Unfortunately, the invoice cannot be changed to other currencies.

If you have received the card and the information provided in the application form was incorrect, ETOA serves the right to charge an additional €15 +VAT fee for a reprint to cover the administration cost. If the error was made by ETOA, we apologise and will fast-track a new print and send the card with updated information free of charge.
While we do our best to double check all cards before printing, we may not spot errors in the application form. During our busiest period, we print 50-100 cards daily.
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that all information provided in the application form is correct. If you think you may have made a mistake on the form, please contact tourguide@etoa.org / +44 (0) 20 33255037 as soon as possible to check if the card has been printed yet and if the information provided is correct.

If you have lost your Tour Guide ID card valid for the current season, please contact tourguide@etoa.org. You will need to provide your full name and date of birth and we will reprint the card for a fee of €15+VAT. Please note that we are only able to process the reprint when the invoice has been paid in full.

Yes, it is. If you work for an ETOA member and would like to apply for more than 10 cards, please contact tourguide@etoa.org.

Find further information about the legal status of tour guiding as well as of Tour Guide ID cards in general.

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