Additional Protocol to the Convention concerning Customs Facilities for Touring, relating to the Importation of Tourist Publicity Documents and Material

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: New York, USA
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 28/06/1956



Sub category

Exemption from Duties



What is it about?

This Convention intends to facilitate the circulation of tourist publicity documents and material between Contracting States. The Contracting States are held to admit the duty and tax-free import of certain documents (folders, pamphlets, books, magazines, guides, lists and year books of foreign hotels, etc.), for free distribution, with the objective of encouraging the public to visit other countries for tourist or professional purposes. This privilege also applies to certain display material for showcases and stands, documentary films, flags and specimens of national handicrafts. The exemption of import duties and taxes is granted on the following three conditions: the material has to be despatched by an official tourist agency with proof of justification presented to the Customs authorities; it has to be imported for and on the responsibility of an accredited representative of the official national tourist agency; the material has to be re-exported or destroyed after use.

Why is it relevant?

This Protocol was adopted to complement the Convention concerning Customs Facilities for Touring (New York, 4 June 1954) and it intends to promote worldwide tourism through preferential conditions for the circulation of tourist information. In becoming Party to this instrument a State helps its tourist industry to explore new markets and increase the number of tourists on its territory.

Additional Information

The provisions of this Protocol do not preclude the application of prohibitions or restrictions imposed under national laws and regulations on grounds of public morality, public security, health or hygiene. A State may be Party to the Protocol without being Party to the 1954 Convention concerning Customs Facilities for Touring.


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