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Unaccompanied Minors | Children Flying Alone Aged 5-15

Can My Child Fly Alone?

Several airlines allow children of a certain age to fly unaccompanied. In airline speak they are known as UM’s. Below provides information on individual airline policies but as a general rule, children are aged between 5 and 15. Unaccompanied minors can also be children under 8 who sit in a different cabin class as their parents or guardian. The Unaccompanied Minor service MUST be pre-booked and usually incurs additional fees. It’s always a good idea to keep an eye on an airlines UM policy, as it could change. For example, British Airways no longer offer this service.

Planning is incredibly important and knowing your preferred airline’s policies can affect the flight you book. Policies to check include;

  • Are stopovers allowed?
  • Are international flights allowed?
  • Are there time restrictions?
  • Are there any route restrictions?
  • Do I need a chaperone to accompany them?
  • Is an escort available to guide them through the airport or can I accompany them to the departure gate?

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What Is The Process?

Permission from the parent is needed. Your child will be collected and taken to the aircraft where the ground staff will hand over your childs documents to the lead cabin crew member. The cabin crew will introduce your child to a specific crew member assigned to keep an eye on them. Children are often sat next to female passengers. On arrival, your child will be handed to the airport ground staff, who will check the ID of the adult collecting your child.

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Specific Country Travel Information

France

As of 15th January 2017, authorization to leave the country will be necessary for passengers who are under 18 years old to leave France without his or her legal parents (parents or guardians). An accompanied or unaccompanied minor who is under 18 years old must be in possession of:

-An individual passport.
-Exit territory authorization form signed by his or her legal parents (parents or guardians).
-A photocopy of a valid identity document of the parent who has signed the exit territory authorization form.
The above will apply to all passengers who are under 18 years old residing in France, regardless of nationality.

Italy

Children can only travel under 14 if:

-They are accompanied by at least one parent or guardian;

or by up to a maximum of two accompanying persons, designated by the parents or guardians in a declaration (dichiarazione di accompagnamento) to the police (questura), who will be indicated on the minor’s passport or a separate document to be shown at the border.

Russia

Passengers who are 18 years old or below and travelling as unaccompanied minor are required to provide a Notarised Authorisation Letter, which states that he/she is travelling alone and without an adult.

The only exceptions are when the child:

-travels with a parent but doesn’t share the same family name (for instance, mother and child). In this case, a birth certificate will be required to prove the relationship between parent and child.
-travels with a guardian or trustee. In this case, relevant documents must be presented to immigration to prove that the adult is the child’s guardian or trustee.
-holds a seaman or diplomatic passport.

The Russian Immigration Authorities reserve the right to refuse travel to any individual.

South Africa

As required by the South African Department of Home Affairs, additional travel documents will be required for ALL passengers who are under 18 years of age and travelling into and out of South Africa.

 

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Unaccompanied Minors. Unaccompanied Minors Can My Child Fly Alone? Several airlines allow children of a certain age to fly unaccompanied. In airline speak they are known as UM's. Below provides information on individual airline policies but as a general rule, children are aged between 5 and 15. Unaccompanied minors can also be children under 8 who sit in a different cabin class as their parents or guardian. The Unaccompanied Minor service MUST be pre-booked and usually incurs additional fees. It's always a good idea to keep an eye on an airlines UM policy, as it could change. For example, British Airways no longer offer this service. Planning is incredibly important and knowing your preferred airline's policies can affect the flight you book. Policies to check include; Are stopovers allowed? Are international flights allowed? Are there time restrictions? Are there any route restrictions? Do I need a chaperone to accompany them? Is an escort available to guide them through the airport or can I accompany them to the departure gate?

 

 

 

 

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Patrick

Sunday 22nd of October 2017

Not sure how old this information is but it needs to be reviewed. Air New Zealand does not do handovers for international unless it is another Air NZ flight. The whole concept of UM is very muddled right now.

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