First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill have announced the opening of a Covid support scheme for travel agents experiencing difficulties as a result of the pandemic. 

The Travel Agents (Coronavirus) Financial Assistance Scheme 2021 is now open for applications and support offered will be via a one-off grant payment of £10,000 for travel agents in Northern Ireland operating from commercial premises, and a one-off single payment of £3,500 for self-employed travel agents working from home in Northern Ireland. 

Travel agents with more than one premises may apply for a payment for each premises.

The scheme closes on Friday 26 March at 5pm, with all supporting evidence to be provided by 5pm on Sunday 28 March.

First Minister Arlene Foster said: “I am very pleased that the support scheme for travel agents announced by The Executive last week, is now open for applications. I would urge all eligible businesses to make sure their application is submitted before the set deadline.”

Deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill said: “This scheme will help alleviate the financial pressures being felt by travel agents as a result of the pandemic. This is a time limited scheme and I would encourage eligible businesses to ensure they apply before the closing date.”

The Executive Office has been engaging with the travel agents sector to allow businesses to prepare in advance of the scheme opening.

Full details on eligibility and how to apply are to be found on


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