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    Airbnb Experiences standards and requirements

    In addition to behaving in accordance with our Community Standards, which apply to all community members, Airbnb experiences and experience hosts must meet these quality standards and requirements for Airbnb Experiences. Before any experience is published, it is reviewed based on the below criteria and it must continue upholding these standards to remain on Airbnb.

    Listing page requirements

    The experience itinerary must be clear, complete, and accurate. Guests should know exactly what to expect upon booking the experience. This applies to all experience details, including:

    • What guests will be doing
    • Meeting address & instructions for meeting up with the host
    • What’s included in the price (ex: what the host is providing for guests)
    • What guests need to bring with them (ex: extra cash to buy food that’s not included)
    • The time and date of the experience

    No “open ended” itineraries. Each experience must have a clear, pre-defined itinerary -- we can’t accept “open ended” plans where guests are asked to choose in advance from a list of activities or locations, or where the host leaves the itinerary entirely up to guests. It’s OK to include minor variations.

    • Not allowed: "I’ll meet guests for coffee and then we’ll see where the afternoon takes us!"
    • Allowed: "My baking experience is different based on the day of the week. On Mondays, we bake bread, and on Tuesday, we bake cookies."
    • Not allowed: "During the tour, guests can choose from among several different activities, including rafting or visiting the temples, or many others."
    • Allowed: "We’ll go out bar hopping. Each night, I’ll choose a different bar depending on how the group is feeling." (This is OK because the main activity, bar hopping, remains the same).

    Photos must meet Airbnb’s photo quality standards.

    Hosts must list their experience as an individual, not a business. The host’s profile photo must be a clear picture of the host and not a company logo or blurry photo. The host’s profile name must be the host’s personal name and not a business name. Hosts should describe themselves, not purely their business or the experience activity, in the “About Me” section of the experience page.

    Hosting requirements

    Hosts must provide expertise, insider access, and connection on the experience. Learn more about these standards.

    Guests should always know exactly who will be hosting them. If a friend, partner, or a team is helping you host or manage your experience, they must be registered as a co-host or assistant via the Teams tool on your host dashboard. Co-hosts must also be assigned to the instances they are leading so that guests know their host in advance. Learn more about co-hosting requirements.

    Hosts may not hand guests off to 3rd party suppliers, or leave guests on their own without a host. Hosts and co-hosts must personally lead their guests throughout the entirety of the experience.

    Only Airbnb guests on an Airbnb experience. Once a host lists an experience for a particular time and date on Airbnb, only Airbnb guests can attend that instance of the experience. Hosts are not permitted to mix guests from Airbnb and other platforms on the same instance of an experience.

    Hosts cannot set a minimum group size. Experiences cannot require a minimum number of guests in order to take place. Every traveler should feel welcome on Airbnb, whether they are traveling on their own or with a group.

    Hosts must abide by the health and safety guidelines when hosting in-person experiences. Learn more about these requirements.

    What we don’t allow

    Certain technically-specialized outdoor activities. Certain activities are not permitted on the platform. This includes, but is not limited to, activities involving extreme heights or caves (ex: bungee, skydiving, heli-skiing, cave diving), certain ocean activities (ex: free diving, kiteboarding, shark diving), and certain ice or mountain activities (ex: canyoneering, ice climbing, free climbing).

    Experiences that violate our Animal Welfare Guidelines. Airbnb’s Animal Welfare Guidelines apply to experiences involving wild animals in the wild and in captivity, as well as domesticated animals under human care. Violations include direct interactions with wild animals (ex: riding, petting, feeding), dog sledding, the purchase or consumption of wild animal products, and certain other activities.

    Sexually explicit content. Sexually explicit content is not permitted on the platform. Experiences that include sexual content or nudity must have a minimum age limit of 18+, must disclose the presence of nudity, and must take place in a public place (not a private residence). Hosts must also provide behavior requirements for hosts and guests during the experience, and specify how guests can opt out of the activity if they feel uncomfortable.

    Certain weapons. We only allow the use of projectile weapons when the host has a valid license and insurance. Experiences involving firearms must have a minimum guest age limit of 18+.

    Accommodations. Experiences that include accommodations or lodging of any kind are not permitted outside of Airbnb Adventures. If you are interested in renting your space, consider becoming a host of a place to stay.

    Certain political activities. Experiences that include direct political actions, like campaigning and fundraising, or activities that violate local laws in the country where the experience is hosted, are not permitted. Political activities that are informational and educational in nature are permitted on Airbnb Experiences.

    Intellectual property violations. We do not permit the use of copyrighted work such as music, videos, photography, or literature unless the work was created or properly licensed by the host, or is in the public domain. We also prohibit the unauthorized use of other types of intellectual property such as trademarks (ex: brand names) or individual names (ex: celebrities) that suggest an endorsement of, or affiliation with, a host or Experience.

    Violation of local laws or restrictions. Hosts are responsible for understanding and complying with all applicable laws, rules, regulations, and other requirements that apply to their Experience. Hosts can find information about some of the legal obligations that may apply to their experience, including information about food, alcohol, the use of public lands, and tour guiding, on our Responsible Hosting Pages.

    Inappropriate or discriminatory content. Experiences must follow all requirements outlined in Airbnb's Content Policy and Nondiscrimination Policy.

    Experiences that cross country borders. Experiences must take place in a single country. Experiences that include crossing a country border are not permitted.

    Payments outside of Airbnb’s system. Experience hosts may not solicit an online or offline payment from guests in violation of Airbnb’s offsite payment policy. Read about our offsite payment policy.

    Verification requirements

    Evident ID Verification. If an experience includes a technically specialized activity where we require proof of a license, certification, or insurance, it will not be published if any of the following is true: 1) the host does not submit the requested documents to our validation partner Evident ID; 2) the requested documents are expired; 3) the name(s) on the documents does not match the name listed on the host’s Airbnb profile; 4) the documents don’t meet our license or insurance requirements; or 5) Evident ID cannot process the provided documents for any other reason (e.g. blurry photo or unrecognized document type).

    Category requirements

    Certain categories of experiences on Airbnb have additional standards that must be met. Hosts should review these requirements if submitting an experience within one of these categories:

    Ongoing commitments

    Hosts must honor all booked reservations. Hosts must honor their reservations, unless the host must cancel due to a valid extenuating circumstance, safety concerns, or dangerous weather conditions. Learn more about our Experiences Host Cancellation policy.

    Minimum guest reviews, ratings, and engagement. Experiences must maintain an average rating at or above 4.7, and must meet certain guest engagement thresholds, such as page views and bookings. Hosts with too many negative reviews, an average rating at or below 4.7, or insufficient page views and bookings may be removed from Airbnb. Learn more about ratings and reviews for experiences.

    Hosts are expected to abide by these standards and with our Terms of Service and Additional Terms for Experience Hosts. Experiences that don’t meet any of the above standards may be removed from Airbnb.

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