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Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
INFORMATION AND SUGGESTIONS FOR HOSTING YOUR EXPERIENCES
This information page can help you get started in learning about some of the laws and registration requirements that may apply to your experiences on VeggAtHome.
Please understand that this information page is general, not comprehensive, and is not legal advice. These pages are intended to give you an idea of the types of rules that may apply to your experiences and to help you understand some of the things to consider in relation to your experience.
Different countries, states, and cities have different licensing requirements and rules and it is your responsibility as a host to make sure you comply with local laws and regulations. These pages are not intended to be an explanation of the specific rules that apply in your jurisdiction, or your particular situation, nor are these pages a substitute to seeking legal advice. If you are unsure about how local laws or this information may apply to you or your experiences, we encourage you to check with official sources or seek legal advice.
Please note that we don’t update this information in real time, so you should confirm that the laws or procedures have not changed recently.
Please note that VeggAtHome has no control over the conduct of hosts and disclaims all liability.
Failure of hosts to satisfy their responsibilities may result in suspension of activity or removal from the VeggAtHome website.
VeggAtHome is not responsible for the reliability or correctness of the information contained in any links to third party sites (including any links to legislation and regulations).
Experiences involving food
What are some of the basic principles for any experience involving food?
Most countries have health and safety rules around the handling and serving of food and it’s a good idea to keep your health and safety, and that of your guests, at the top of your mind. For example, it’s a good idea to:
- Familiarize yourself with official sources or seek legal advice to understand the rules that apply to the handling and serving of food.
- If your experience involves you cooking or handling food (including serving food prepared by others), it’s a good idea to handle, prepare and serve food safely, with good sanitation, and in accordance with any local food laws.
- Ask your guests in advance about any food allergies they may have, or religious or philosophical codes that may impact what kind of food they eat.
- If your experience may include alcohol, it’s a good idea to check our information page on experiences involving alcohol.
I want to serve home-cooked food to guests visiting my home. Are there any specific rules I need to follow?
If you are thinking of serving home-cooked food to paying guests, or cooking food at a location where food is not normally prepared (such as a “pop up”), an important question to ask yourself is whether this triggers regulations under your local laws.
In most jurisdictions, activities that involve handling, serving or selling food, or providing food-related services, to members of the public are regulated activities. This means that in some places, in order to carry out such activities it may first be necessary to register with or obtain a certification or licence from a public or local health department. In most cases, there are likely to be sanitation criteria that must be met. In some jurisdictions, food service regulations may also apply, even if you are not preparing the food yourself, and even if you are offering it for free.
Is there anything else I should think about?
In some jurisdictions, it may be necessary to obtain a general business licence in order to be able to sell food to members of the public.
It is a good idea to check with your local zoning board or planning authority to find out whether any local rules limit the ways in which the property for your experience may be used.
You may also want to look into what tax rules may apply to your activity, and check whether you are legally required to obtain special insurance cover.
If your experience will involve combining food with another activity (for example, providing a food tour of restaurants), please take a look at our other information sections such as Responsible Hosting for tour or travel-related experiences to determine if any other rules may apply to your activity.
Dealing with food can be tricky. If you are unsure about anything relating to your Experience, we encourage you to check with your local department of health directly, or speak to a lawyer, to discuss your experience and confirm your experience complies with local laws including health, tax, and insurance requirements.
Please note that VeggAtHome has no control over the conduct of hosts and disclaims all liability.
VeggAtHome is not responsible for the reliability or correctness of the information contained in any links to third party sites (including any links to legislation and regulations).*
Failure of hosts to satisfy their responsibilities may result in suspension of activity or removal from the VeggAtHome website.
Experiences involving alcohol
I plan to include alcohol during my experience, is there anything I should be thinking about?
Yes. If you plan to include alcohol during your experience, we encourage you to please keep your safety, and that of your guests, front of mind.
Safe experiences do not involve providing alcohol to a guest:
- Who is under the legal drinking age
- Who will be driving or operating any type of vehicle or mechanical equipment
- Who looks or acts inebriated or who you know is intending to drive afterward
- Who has informed you that they are ill, have a drinking problem, or do not want to participate
- Who is participating in an experience where any remaining portion of the activities involves physical activity (like yoga, swimming, hiking, biking) or operating machinery or would otherwise be hazardous if intoxicated
We want to remind you that in most jurisdictions, the sale of alcohol to, or consumption of alcohol by, those under the minimum drinking age is punishable by fines and criminal penalties.
Do I need licenses if I serve alcohol to my guests at my home, at a private venue, or outdoors?
To sell alcohol to your guests, you generally either need a license or you need to hire a caterer licensed to sell alcohol. Note that, for a variety of reasons, licenses are not generally available to sell alcohol at a private residence. Selling alcohol includes situations where:
- You sell alcohol to your guest directly (e.g. charging a guest for a glass of wine that you serve yourself)
- You sell alcohol to your guest indirectly (e.g. including a charge for the wine you serve to your guest in your experience price)
Here are some additional things to think about before hosting an experience involving alcohol:
- You may be required to obtain a license if you host an experience which you advertise as being BYO (bring-your-own) alcohol, depending on the jurisdiction and your specific experience.
- Some jurisdictions have restrictions on the hours during which you may serve alcohol.
- Some jurisdictions have restrictions which may impact the ways in which you can advertise an experience involving alcohol.
- Several jurisdictions prohibit the use, distribution, or sale of powdered alcohol or concentrated alcohol in any alcoholic beverages.
You generally would not require a license to host an experience involving alcohol being served by a licensed venue or caterer, although hosting an alcohol tour of a number of licensed premises may require a permit or license in some jurisdictions.
Does the location of the experience impact what I need to think about?
If your experience involves the consumption, sale, or distribution of alcohol in a public venue or place, including on public lands or in parks, there are likely to be additional regulations, restrictions, or prohibitions that you should consider before offering your experience.
If you are unsure about anything relating to your experience, we encourage you to check with your local alcohol regulator, or speak to a lawyer, to discuss your experience and confirm your experience complies with local laws, including health, tax, and insurance requirements.
Experiences involving music
Basic principles for experiences involving music
In the United States, music is generally protected by copyright law unless it is in the public domain. When a work is copyrighted, it means that the owner of that work has certain exclusive rights to that work. If you are playing music during your experience (or transmitting an experience over the internet), you may need to obtain licenses to do so. Different factors about your experience, including location, venue, and activity type, will affect which licenses you’ll need to obtain, but in all cases, the obligation would be on either you or the venue.
Obtaining the right to perform or otherwise use music frequently requires entering into a license agreement. The applicable license agreement will typically specify, among other things, where you may play music, what music you may play, how you may (and may not) use the music, how much you have to pay for the right to use music, the term or duration of the license, and what reporting of music usage, if any, may be required. Failure to obtain the correct license could result in liability for copyright infringement. In the US, for example, these damages run from $750-$30,000 USD per work infringed, and up to $150,000 USD per work infringed if the infringement is “willful.”
There are two copyrights in music: (1) the copyright in the musical work (also known as a composition), which includes a song’s musical notes and lyrics; and (2) the copyright in a specific performance, as embodied in a sound recording. A recorded song, such as a song on a CD, consists of two copyrighted works: the sound recording of the artist performing the musical work and the musical work itself.
Musical works are typically owned or controlled by music publishers, and sound recordings are typically owned or controlled by record labels. However, the right to publicly perform musical works—whether from a CD or LP or by a band performing live—is generally administered by Performing Rights Organizations (PROs), the two largest of which in the United States are ASCAP and BMI. Countries other than the United States will almost always have at least one PRO, and in some cases multiple PROs, with different PROs controlling the rights in different musical works. Musical works often have more than one copyright owner, as multiple people may write a song together, with the possibility that each co-writer may assign their rights to a different music publisher and to different PROs. You may need permission from the different representatives of these co-writers to perform a work publicly, because the PROs and most music publishers only grant licenses to the interests they own or control in a song.
Because music licensing may require the need to secure rights from multiple copyright owners, you should consider consulting with experienced legal counsel to make sure all necessary rights have been obtained. You are responsible for checking whether your use of music requires a license and for obtaining any required license.
Find out if a music license is needed for your experience
If you’re hosting an experience where an artist will be performing cover songs, then you may need to obtain only the rights to musical works. Similar rules may apply if you were to livestream the experience on the Internet, although livestreaming may implicate additional rights, depending upon how the livestream is made. Typically, an artist’s live performance would not involve a sound recording unless they were playing along to a prerecorded track. In contrast, a karaoke event likely requires obtaining rights to both musical works and the sing-along sound recordings, which may be different than the commercially released sound recording that you may have purchased on CD or from iTunes. For karaoke uses, you may also need to acquire rights to display the lyrics to the musical work. If you are performing a musical work publicly—either by playing recorded music or having an artist perform live—then you may also need to obtain a public performance license from a PRO.
An easy rule of thumb is that if you’re performing (or having performed) musical works in a place open to the public, you should obtain public performance licenses for the musical works. If you are performing sound recordings, or having them performed, then you may not need a public performance license, but you should consult with an attorney before making a final determination.
In addition, you may need to obtain licenses if you’re making copies of non-original music as part of your experience, such as copies that you make on CDs to provide to your guests, or if you record an experience and seek to make it available online after the fact, either on an on-demand basis or in a linear manner. This is because both musical work and sound recording copyright owners have exclusive rights of reproduction and distribution, and the making of copies of musical works and sound recordings or the distribution of copies thereof may require the permission of the copyright owners.
Knowing whether music is subject to copyright protection requires an analysis on a case-by-case basis. An easy rule of thumb is that if the music is current or from within the past several decades, then it is likely copyrighted. Copyright protection lasts for a very long time, so when in doubt, you may want to assume that it is protected. Cornell University’sis a useful resource to help determine whether a work is in the public domain in the United States. The duration of copyright protection for musical works and sound recordings will vary by country.
Getting a music license
To obtain a license to use music, you can contact the copyright owners of the music or their authorized representatives.
Performing Rights Organizations (PROs)
American composers, lyricists, and publishers usually join a PRO by granting the PRO the non-exclusive right to license their music and enforce their rights of public performance . In the United States, the primary PROs are the, , , and . There may also be other PROs that control the works for less popular music. PROs typically grant blanket licenses to publicly perform all of the works that they represent. Depending on what music you want to use for your experience, you may need a license from one or more PROs. The PROs will often provide a repertory look-up tool on their website. If you know what music is to be performed in advance, you may be able to identify the copyright owners or representatives of those works via one of these look-up tools.
In countries outside of the United States, songwriters will often assign their rights to a PRO so that the PRO becomes the sole entity that can authorize the public performance of a songwriter’s music. You should contact the PRO in your country to inquire about the licenses that may be needed for any experience that you host. Remember also that there may be one (or more) PROs authorized to license public performances of musical works and one (or more) PROs in a country authorized to license public performances of sound recordings.
Keep in mind that the terminology used to describe music rights may also vary by country. PROs may be referred to as Collective Management Organizations (or CMOs) or Music Licensing Companies (or MLCs). The right-to-be-paid royalties might be referred to as a “right of remuneration.” And the right to perform a sound recording might be referred to as a “neighboring right.”
Public performances of sound recordings
If you’re planning on having recorded music played at an experience in the United States, the public performance of sound recordings may not require a license, due to certain legal exemptions. Countries other than the United States typically do not have such exemptions so different rules likely apply. For information on certain uses of sound recordings in the United States, you can explore the website of, a nonprofit organization created to collect and distribute royalties for certain public performances and the making of copies of sound recordings.
Music labels, music publishers, and individual artists
If you want to use specific musical works or sound recordings during your experience and prefer to go directly to the copyright owners of such works, you can do so (at least in the United States). However, this is often a time-consuming process, and large corporations may not have the ability to respond to individual license requests. If you’ve hired an artist to perform at an experience and the artist has written his or her own music and is performing it live, then the artist may be able to grant you a direct license for the public performance of their music. The ability to grant a direct license will, however, depend on whether they have assigned their rights away to a third party, such as a music publisher or a CMO. If an artist has assigned their rights to a third party, then, even if they’ve written the music, they may not have the authority to grant you a direct license. In this case, you’re required to obtain a license from a PRO or CMO, depending on which country you’re in.
Other things to consider
Some jurisdictions may also have laws restricting noise or require permits for live entertainment.
It’s a good idea to check with your local zoning board or planning authority to find out whether any local rules limit the ways in which the property for your experience may be used.
If your experience will involve combining music with another activity, be sure to take a look at our other Responsible Hosting articles to start researching how different rules apply to your experience.
Dealing with music can be tricky. If you’re not sure about anything relating to your experience, we encourage you to speak to a lawyer. If you’re hosting an experience in the United States, a good resource is the.
VeggAtHome is not responsible for the reliability or correctness of the information contained in any links to third-party sites (including any links to legislation and regulations).
Tour guiding and travel-related experiences
Do I need a license to act as a tour guide?
Experiences hosts that provide tour-related services may require a license, certification, and/or training. Some jurisdictions may have such requirements pertaining to tour guides for specific types of experiences, or activities in specific locations. We encourage you to contact your local government and/or a lawyer to determine whether or not a specific license or permit might be required for your experience.
Many markets have specific regulations concerning tour guiding which may apply to hosts. While these requirements vary from market to market, they tend to include expansive definitions of what constitutes tour guide activity and mandate licensing, including:
- The restriction of licenses issued to foreigners
- The requirement for a potential guides to take a course or pass a test before applying for a license
- The requirement for additional certification for certain tour guiding activities
It is a good idea for you to contact your local government or a lawyer to determine whether a license is required to engage in tour guide activities and obtain more information about the license requirements and procedure for obtaining a license in your jurisdiction.
Do I need permission to give my guests a tour of specific points of interest?
Even if you do not need to be a licensed or certified tour guide, hosts should generally seek permission to give guided tours of private and public points of interest, government-owned land, or public waters. It is a good idea to check whether the point of interest has a website or office number to learn more about guided visits.
Keep in mind that the underlying activity for your experience may also be regulated.
Do I need a license to transport guests as part of a tour?
Many jurisdictions regulate carrying passengers for hire or offering transportation for the specific purpose of guided sight-seeing tours. Typically, operating watercraft for hire, including power-propelled boats, charter boats, tour or excursion boats, fishing vessels, and white water rafts requires registration and can require the driver to hold a special license. Regulation may be based on passenger capacity or geography. Please consult the Transportation page and contact your local government for more information.
What responsibilities do I have to keep my guests safe during their transportation?
Transporting guests may subject hosts to related safety requirements that are often specific to the type of transportation. While vehicles are usually subject to the general rules of the road, operating watercraft involves additional water-related safety obligations regarding items such as personal flotation and sanitation devices.
If you intend to include tour-related transportation as part of your experience, we encourage you to contact your local government or a lawyer to determine what rules apply to you and confirm your experience complies with transportation and license requirements in your jurisdiction.
Can I lease or rent transportation to my guests instead?
Usually, although many jurisdictions regulate this transaction. It is particularly common to see regulations relating to the leasing or renting of watercraft such as kayaks, paddle boats, canoes, and sailboats.
We also encourage you to consider the safety of your guests; whether they need any special licenses to operate the transportation you will rent to them; and whether there are any other activities in your experience, for example consumption of alcohol, that may be incompatible with leasing or renting means of transportation.
Can I sell tickets as part of my experience?
Probably, as long as you do so in compliance with any ticket resale regulations. Some jurisdictions have enacted laws prohibiting the resale of certain types of tickets at higher prices, while others allow this activity with a license. The tickets themselves may also be non-transferrable. These restrictions may not apply to online sales.
If you plan to re-sell tickets as part of your experience, it is a good idea to confirm this is legally permitted in your jurisdiction, as well as consulting the original purchase terms for the tickets and any vendor or venue rules about their resale.
Do I need to register or have a license to offer travel-related services?
Maybe. Depending on the jurisdiction, experiences hosts may be subject to laws or regulations governing the travel industry, such as regulation of travel-related sales, travel agent registration, or occupational or business licenses and related requirements. Activities that may cause a government to view a host as a travel agent include selling, providing, contracting, or arranging travel services such as travel tickets or packages or making reservations for lodging, entertainment, transportation, tours etc. It is a good idea for you to consider whether your Experience may lead you to be classified as a travel agent by your local government and, if so, what additional responsibilities you may have.
Am I subject to any other laws or regulations if I offer travel-related services?
Maybe. Many jurisdictions around the world impose requirements on sellers of travel-related services, regardless of whether the individual needs to register or obtain a license.
If you are unsure about anything relating to your experience, we encourage you to check with your local tourism authority directly, or speak to a lawyer, to discuss your experience and confirm your experience complies with local laws including safety, tax, and insurance requirements.
Transportation for experiences
Do I need a special license or permit to drive my guests to and from my experience if I don’t charge them for the ride?
In many jurisdictions around the world, you will need active, valid insurance, and registration for any vehicle used as part of an experience and the driver will need to hold a valid driver’s license.
Certain jurisdictions may require that you obtain special licenses or permits regardless of whether you charge a fee for the ride. We encourage you to speak to a lawyer to see if your experience may be subject to license or permit requirements.
Keep in mind that in order to transport large groups of people in certain kinds of vehicles, or to use advertising or insignia on your vehicle, you may also need additional licenses or permits, such as a commercial driver’s license with certain required endorsements. It is a good idea to check with your local department of transportation, public utilities, airports, police, and motor vehicles and your lawyer about additional requirements that may apply.
If I want to charge for the ride, do I need a special license or permit to drive guests to and from my experience?
If you want to charge guests for the ride, you may need to get additional special licenses for yourself and the vehicle. The type of transportation you provide may also determine what kind of license or permit you need. We encourage you to consult with a local lawyer or tax professional for more information.
Is there anything else I should think about?
A safe experience involving transportation is one where the vehicle is driven in a responsible manner and is roadsafe, including having all required seatbelts, helmets, or other safety equipment as relevant. It is also important to consider the compatibility of the activities in your experience with transportation. For example, if the transportation will be by public transit, is this permitted in your city and if so, it is a good idea to confirm it is permitted to conduct business on board. Or, if there will be alcohol, that the driver remains sober.
If your experience will involve combining transportation with another activity (for example, providing a guided tour of a city using your car), please take a look at our other information sections such as Responsible hosting for tour/travel-related experiences to work out if any other rules may apply to your activity.
Additional requirements may apply if your experience involves transporting guests on a motorcycle. We encourage you to consult a lawyer for more information.
If you are unsure about anything relating to your experience, we encourage you to check with your local transportation authority directly, or speak to a lawyer, to discuss your experience and confirm your experience complies with local laws including safety, tax, and insurance requirements.
Hosting experiences in public lands
Do I need a permit or license to take my guests to public areas or monuments?
Under your local, city, state, provincial or national laws, you may need a license or permit to offer an experience or sell goods or services to customers on public lands. Each park or public land has its own rules on what activities are allowed within the space. The types of activities permitted in public areas may depend on the land location, size, terrain, and resources. We encourage you to confirm with an appropriate park official that your experience is allowed on the specific public land. If a permit is required, the type of permit you will need may vary based on what your experience involves. In addition, certain experiences my trigger additional licensing requirements. Please keep in mind it is possible that multiple government or public entities have jurisdiction over a public space.
How do I obtain the necessary permits and licenses for my experience?
The processes and requirements for obtaining permits and licenses vary. The individual park managers and the heads of local, regional, and national entities controlling a public space have wide discretion regarding what is required to receive an individual permit. Applicable fees and taxes vary. It is likely you will be charged a fee to obtain your permit. The fee amounts also vary. Depending on what your experience involves, you may also need to pay additional fees to use the public space. It is your responsibility to pay the fees and taxes applicable to your experience.
Will I need any insurance for my experience?
Most experiences on public lands will require some type of insurance. However, the insurance requirements and who should be listed on the policy can vary by type of activity, permit type, and the governing entity. Even so, it is a good idea for you to confirm with the issuer of your permit to confirm any such requirements.
Are there any special restrictions for controlled substance and alcohol use on public lands?
In many cases, special restrictions will apply if your experience involves the consumption of alcohol or controlled substances on public lands. If you are planning on involving alcohol or a controlled substance in part of your experience, we encourage you to confirm your experience complies with applicable laws and regulations in your jurisdiction. Please also consult the Alcohol page for your city and contact the regulator of the relevant public land for more information.
If you are unsure about anything relating to your experience, we encourage you to check with your local public lands authority directly, or speak to a lawyer, to discuss your experience and confirm your experience complies with local laws including safety, tax, and insurance requirements.
Business licensing for experiences
What are the general business license and registration requirements?
In certain jurisdictions, hosts of an VeggAtHome Experience may be required to register their experience as a business with the local government and/or at the national or federal/regional level. In jurisdictions with business licensing requirements, failure to register could result in fines, penalties, and/or the disruption of the Experience until proper registration is completed.
Based on certain factors, such as the type of service you provide, how often you host your Experience, whether you will be conducting your experience for profit or whether you will be conducting your experience under only your own legal name, your experience may or may not be classified as a business in your jurisdiction. In other jurisdictions, the site or location of the experience may be used to determine what type of license or permit is required.
You are responsible for checking whether your activity may be considered to be a business activity, and if so, for ensuring that you comply with local rules that regulate businesses (which may include business registration and/or licensing requirements) before starting to provide your experience.
In certain jurisdictions, you may also need to obtain specific permits and/or licenses in order to conduct regulated activities that are part of the experience. These permits and/or licenses may be required by a local licensing department and/or a federal/national licensing department.
What are the experience-specific permit, license, or registration requirements?
Depending on the category of business you use to host your experience, as well as the activities involved and the services you provide, you may be required to register your experience or obtain special permits or licenses.
It’s a good idea to check with local representatives, and consult with a local lawyer and/or tax professional to make sure you’ve satisfied all filing, registration, licensing and permitting requirements before hosting your first experience.
Location: You may also be required to register your experience or obtain special permits or licenses for experiences involving sporting activities, those which are held in parks, forests, protected areas, or in your home and some commercial buildings. There may also be insurance requirements (see below).
Employees: If you plan to hire employees as part of your business, it’s a good idea to consider (amongst other things) the obligations and other legal requirements set by the relevant government agency for your jurisdiction. This may include things such as statutory contributions, workplace health and safety and work permits for foreign workers. Some hosts may be required to obtain certain registrations or permits. This can be a complicated area and it may be a good idea to reach out to a lawyer or your local representative to understand the rules that may apply to you.
Tax and accounting: It’s a good idea to ensure that you understand what tax and accounting rules may apply and comply with any payment or record keeping requirements. Note that you may be required to obtain a (unique) tax number if you register a business. You may be able to deduct your expenses from income taxes, so it’s a good idea to keep receipts of the costs of running your experiences. Taxes can be complicated, and you may want to take time to understand the rules as they apply to you and your particular situation, and seek advice from a tax professional for more details.
Insurance: The team at VeggAtHome is working hard at establishing a formal agreement with an insurance broker to develop a comprehensive insurance policy which will cover all experiences you enjoy with us.
Are there additional laws that apply to me as a result of my hosting an experience?
Other rules might apply to your experience, depending on the activity/activities involved. Our other posts on Tours and travel-related experiences, Transportation, Food, and Alcohol cover some of the typical activities, but are not exhaustive and it’s your responsibility to comply with the rules that apply to you and your experience.
In most jurisdictions, consumer protections laws require you to truthfully describe your experience in your experience page so guests can make informed decisions before booking. In most cases, the law requires that in explaining and promoting your experience to guests, the information you provide meets the following criteria:
- Is accurate and not misleading
- Correctly and completely describes the main characteristics of your experience, what is included, and any special terms and conditions
- Includes specifically those services that you actually intend to provide, with dates or times treated as commitments
- Is accurate to your advertised experience price, with no surprise additional fees or costs to be covered by guests
Please note that some jurisdictions may have additional consumer laws. For more information, we encourage you to consult a lawyer to find out what rules apply to your experience.
What are the travel laws for multi-day VeggAtHome Experiences and Adventures?
As an VeggAtHome Experience or VeggAtHome Adventure host, you’re in control of the experiences you offer, but it’s also your responsibility to understand and follow any relevant laws and regulations. This article can serve as a starting point or reference if you have questions, but please remember that it isn’t exhaustive, it doesn’t constitute legal or tax advice, and we can’t guarantee the reliability or accuracy of any source within it. It’s a good idea to check to make sure laws and procedures haven’t changed recently.
Local travel agency and other travel laws
Many countries have laws that apply to the sale of travel packages or to individuals or businesses that arrange travel on behalf of others. These laws often apply if you’re offering a "package" of different types of tourism services, such as travel, accommodation, activities, and meals. If you’re hosting an adventure or other experience that bundles these types of services together—for example, a camping trip in the Atlas Mountains that includes hiking and overnight stays—you should check whether any local travel agency or package travel laws apply to you.
The European Package Travel Directive 2015
The(“PTD”) applies to the sale of packages (defined below) to individuals living in the European Union (“EU”), providing them with enhanced protections in relation to any packages they buy. If you’re publishing your experience or adventure on VeggAtHome, it may be booked by guests who are residents of European Union member states.
The European Commission has published a, as well as some , about the Package Travel Directive. We’ve also included a brief summary of the PTD below. We hope that this is a helpful starting point. If you have any questions about whether the PTD applies to you, or what obligations you may be subject to as a result, you may want to seek advice from a legal advisor.
Note: Each EU member state is required to take its own steps to import the rules in the PTD into its national legal system (ex: by passing a new law). These local rules should all be broadly similar to the PTD, but there may be slight variations and so it’s a good idea to check the position in the member states in which you are selling your experience.
Definition of “package” under the PTD
The PTD defines packages as combinations of two or more travel services which fall within two or more of the following categories:
- Transport (ex: a flight, bus, ferry or train)
- Overnight accommodation
- Car rental (and rental of some other vehicles)
- Other tourist services (ex: trekking, a tour, cultural activities, or some other tourist activity)
Obligations of organizers of packages
The PTD imposes a number of obligations on organizers of packages (an organizer is the person who puts together and arranges the package). These can be broken down into 6 broad categories:
- The organizer has to comply with certain insolvency protection requirements so that the traveler is refunded or repatriated if the organizer becomes insolvent before or during the trip to which the package relates.
- The organizer has to give certain information about the package to the traveler before the traveller books the package.
- The organizer has to include certain terms in their contract with the traveler.
- The traveler has certain legal rights against the organizer before the start of the trip to which the package relates.
- The traveler has certain legal rights against the organizer during the trip to which the package relates.
- The organizer is liable to the traveler if things go wrong during the trip to which the package relates.
Consequences for an organizer that does not comply with the PTD
The consequences will vary depending on where the breach occurs, since each EU Member State will have its own enforcement rules. Typically, a breach of the PTD will be a criminal offense which may be subject to fines or other enforcement action. It may also be a civil offense which allows regulators to take action (such as seeking court orders) to prevent the breach from occurring again, or to require organizers to take certain actions to remedy the breach. Finally, a breach of the PTD may also give rise to claims from travelers for compensation arising out of the breach
For more details about how the PTD defines packages, and the obligations of package organizers, please take a look at the European Commission’sor its . If you have any questions about whether your adventure or experience qualifies as a package, you should seek legal advice.
What kind of taxes do I need to pay as an VeggAtHome Experience host outside of the United States?
What kind of taxes do I need to pay as an experience host?
If you're an experience host, you should make sure you understand each of the following types of taxes, and pay the ones that apply to your experience:
You may be able to deduct your expenses from income taxes, so you should keep receipts of the costs of running your experiences.
Value added taxes
Do I need to collect any value added taxes from guests if I’m hosting an experience outside of the United States?
Taxes can be complicated, and you should take time to understand the rules as they apply to you and your particular situation.
The Value Added Tax, or VAT, in the European Union, China, and many other countries is a general, broadly based consumption tax assessed on the value added to goods and services. It applies more or less to all goods and services that are bought and sold for use or consumption. In Japan, there is a similar tax called the Japanese Consumption Tax, or JCT.
If your country of residence is part of the European Union or China, you may need to assess VAT on the services or goods you provide. If your country of residence is in Japan, you may need to assess JCT. We encourage you to consult a tax advisor in your area for more insight or if you need assistance assessing VAT or JCT on the services you provide.
Value added taxes apply to my experience. How do I determine how much tax I need to collect from my Guests?
VAT and JCT rates are calculated according to the local rate of the customer's country of residence. VAT and JCT rates change periodically. We recommend you check with your local tax authority to get the most up to date rates for the country where you are required to pay VAT or JCT. More information about VAT rates in the European Union can be found. More information about JCT rates can be found . More information about VAT rates in South Korea can be found .
Value added taxes apply to my experience. How do I collect taxes from guests?
As an VeggAtHome host, if you determine that you need to collect VAT or JCT, you can do so by asking your guests to pay it in person. In each case, it's important that you tell your guests of the exact tax amount in your Listing, so they know the amount before they book. If you choose to collect VAT or JCT in person, please note that you need to collect it directly from your Guests at the beginning of your experience.
Value added taxes apply to my experience. How do I file and pay my taxes?
You may need to register for a valid VAT or JCT ID within your country of residence. More information about the registration and filing process in the European Union can be found. More information about the registration and filing process in Japan can be found . More information about the registration and filing process in South Korea can be found .
Are there any income taxes I have to pay for experiences I host?
As a host, you may have to pay national and state income taxes. We expect all hosts to comply with the tax regulations in their area, and encourage you to speak to a tax professional if you need advice on income taxes.
What expenses can I deduct from my income taxes?
It's possible that not all of your earnings as a host are taxable as income. You may be able to deduct the cost of your supplies, amounts you paid to other service providers like restaurants or entertainment venues, insurance costs, and other expenses.
We encourage you to speak to a tax advisor for more details, as there are many special rules in this area and we aren't able to provide tax advice.
*VeggAtHome is not responsible for the reliability or correctness of the information contained in any links to third party sites (including any links to legislation and regulations).
What are the animal welfare guidelines for VeggAtHome Experiences?
VeggAtHome Experiences go beyond the typical tours and classes. Designed and led by inspiring locals, hosts use their expertise to immerse each guest in a unique world. For experiences that include animals, VeggAtHome is committed to protecting their welfare.
These guidelines were created in consultation with, an organization committed to improving the lives of animals. They apply to experiences involving wild animals in the wild and in captivity, as well as domesticated animals under human care. We believe all animals should be respected for their intrinsic value and role in the global ecosystem, so experiences that violate these guidelines or otherwise threaten the welfare and/or conservation of animals will be removed from VeggAtHome.
Wild animals in the wild
VeggAtHome does not allow experiences involving intentional direct contact with wild animals in the wild including, but not limited to, petting, feeding, or riding animals.
Animal Shelters - Animals in Captivity (for rescue or rehabilitation)
Animal Welfare Principles
Good animal welfare is measured by fitness and a sense of well-being. VeggAtHome hosts commit that their experiences strive to ensure the highest quality of life for animals involved, using the guiding principles of animal welfare, the Five Freedoms:
- Freedom from hunger or thirst with access to fresh water and an appropriate diet to maintain full health
- Freedom from discomfort by providing an appropriate environment including shelter and a comfortable resting area
- Freedom from pain, injury, or disease by treating animals respectfully and providing prompt access to veterinary care
- Freedom to express normal behavior by providing sufficient space, proper facilities, and allowing for company of the animal’s own kind
- Freedom from fear and distress by ensuring conditions and treatment which avoid mental suffering
Rescues and sanctuaries
There are many places that may call themselves rescues and sanctuaries but they don’t always operate in the animals’ best interest. VeggAtHome does NOT allow sanctuaries to host experiences if they:
- Use wild animals for direct interactions with travelers, or in performances or shows
- Buy or sell wild or wild-hybrid animals, or products derived from them
- Breed wild animals or wild-hybrid animals, unless they are part of an official, recognized breeding program where the animals are being responsibly released back into the wild
There are exceptions for certain Social Impact Experiences where a validated non-profit is conducting rehabilitation or rehoming.
VeggAtHome prohibits activities that cause animals harm, including but not limited to:
Working horses, mules, yaks, camels, and donkeys
VeggAtHome does not allow experiences where guests ride, bathe, or feed elephants.
These activities may seem harmless, but captive elephants go through a stressful training process to be able to interact with humans. Often elephants are restrained, bullhooks are used, and they are overworked.
Big cat interactions
VeggAtHome does not allow experiences involving direct interactions with big cats.
Wild animals in restaurants, cafes, and entertainment venues
VeggAtHome does not allow experiences involving wild animals performing for entertainment purposes.
Marine mammals in captivity
VeggAtHome does not allow experiences involving marine mammals in captivity, except for certain Social Impact Experiences in which the validated non-profit is conducting rescue or rehabilitation. It is unnatural and detrimental for marine mammals like dolphins, whales, sea lions, and polar bears to be kept in captivity for entertainment purposes.
Zoos and aquariums
VeggAtHome does not allow experiences involving the purchase or consumption of wild animal products. This includes the purchase of souvenirs and products like tortoiseshell, skins, horns, scales, and ivory, and food products like shark fin soup, turtle soup, whale meat, bear bile, civet coffee, bush meat, snake blood, and tiger wine.
VeggAtHome ABSOLUTELY PROHIBITS experiences involving certain sports where the animals may be harmed or overexerted. This includes, but is not limited to, canned and trophy hunting, bull-fighting and running, bear baiting, cockfighting, elephant polo, rodeo, greyhound racing, dog sled racing, horse racing, and horse polo.
Conduct beyond the specific experience
Being a responsible host goes beyond the experience on our platform. VeggAtHome will not allow hosts whose broader business or services do not comply with these guidelines.
Experiences that violate these guidelines, threaten the safety of our hosts or guests, or risk the welfare and/or conservation of animals will be removed from the platform. These guidelines may be updated from time to time, so please be sure to check back regularly.
For all experiences, VeggAtHome offers constant community support. If you come across an experience that violates the Animal Welfare Guidelines, risk the welfare and / or conservation of animals, or threaten the safety of our hosts or guests, please contact us.