Unaccompanied minors – rules by airline

Unaccompanied minors – rules by airline

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In the airline industry, an adult is any passenger aged 16 and older. Any passenger under the age of 16 planning to fly alone must be clear about the rules as they change depending on the airline. Below we've outlined some of the most popular airlines in the UK's policies on unaccompanied minors flying alone.

Thomas Cook

Minimum age for flying alone: Thomas Cook allows children of 12 years of age to travel unaccompanied.

Escort Service: The airline offers an escort service for children between 5-16 of age at £ 20-49.

British Airways

Minimum age for flying alone: British Airways permits children of 12 years of age to fly without being accompanied by an adult.

✓ Escort Service: The airline requires minors of age 5-12 to book their Skyflyer solo service.

The British Airways Skyflyer Solo escort service prices are:

  • UK domestic flights: USD 50
  • Short-haul flights: USD 50
  • Long-haul flights: USD 75

Ryanair

Minimum age for flying alone: Ryanair does not allow children under the age of 16 to fly alone.

Escort service: Not available

easyJet

Minimum age for flying alone: easyJet does not allow children under the age of 14 to fly alone. Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a person 16 years or older to fly with the airline.

Escort service: Not available

Aer Lingus

Depending on the age of the minor, Aer lingus may allow minors to travel unaccompanied, but may require special permission.

Minimum age for flying alone: 12 years old.

  • Children 12-15 years old: May travel unaccompanied, however, an adult must sign the Form of Indemnity the day of flight departure at the airport check-in desk. Children without this completed form will not be allowed to fly.
  • Children under the age of 12: Must be accompanied by an adult 16 years or older.

Escort service: Not available

Flybe

Minimum age for flying alone: Flybe allows children of 12-16 to travel unaccompanied as adults but they have to book in advance as there is limited space on-board Flybe flights for unaccompanied minors.

✓ Escort Service: Children 5-12 years old may travel unaccompanied using the Flybe escort service. The price of this supervisory service is £39 per child and per flight.

Monarch

Minimum age for flying alone: Monarch does not allow children under the age of 16 to fly alone. They must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over. The adult accompanying the minor must be booked under the same reservation.

Escort service: They no long offer these services.

Wizz Air

Minimum age for flying alone: Wizz Air allows children of 14 and over to fly alone but they can't be responsible for another child under the age of 14.

Therefore, children under 14 must travel with an adult (at least 16 years old) and both should be booked under the same reservation.

Escort service: Not available

Virgin Atlantic

Minimum age for flying alone: Virgin Atlantic allows children between the ages of 5-15 years to travel alone if they fill out the Unaccompanied minors form and have it signed by their parents or legal guardians.

Children under 5 years old cannot fly alone, they must be accompanied by someone 16 years or older.

To inform Virgin Atlantic of the Unaccompanied Minor service, the adult making the booking must speak directly to the reservations team during booking. This must be done in advance and can only be booked over the telephone. The adult must complete and sign the Declaration of Indemnity form that will be provided by the airline. Part of the form must be turned in ahead of time, and the second part must be presented by the adult at airport check-in. All minors must be accompanied until check-in by the responsible adult or they will not be allowed to fly alone.

✓ Escort Service:  No extra charge but his/her flight ticket will be charged with an adult fare.

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  • Janice

    THIS IS WRONG – Easyjet allows children over 14 to fly alone

    • chelsea

      Thank you @Janice we will update it!

    • Katie Marie

      Can a child of 15 years travel ALONE and UNACCOMPANIED??

      • Maite Mugica

        Hi, Katie. Thanks for reaching out. Depending on the airline, a 15-year-old may be able to fly alone. With British Airways, children 12-18 years old can fly either alone or with an escort service. With Aer Lingus, children 12-15 years old may travel unaccompanied, however, an adult must sign the Form of Indemnity the day of flight departure at the airport check-in desk. If flying with Flybe, children 12-16 years old may travel unaccompanied as adults, but it must be booked in advance as there is limited space on-board Flybe flights for unaccompanied minors. And lastly, Virgin Atlantic allows children between the ages of 5-15 years to travel alone. We hope that was helpful.

  • hammond N

    i have 13 years old son is going to UK with a family friends my question is do i need easy jet form or any other document for minors .
    PS. flying from Morocco. USA. passport.
    thank you .

    • Maite Mugica

      Hi, Hammond. Thank you for your inquiry. easyJet requires your son be accompanied by an adult, of at least 16 years of age. Your son must also have his valid passport with him prior to boarding, but no form is required beforehand. Thanks!

  • Edith Sutton

    My son is 13, his sister 10 and the plan is for an unaccompanied flight UK to CH – if on BA he qualifies to travel alone, does it mean the 10 year old can travel alone with him ie he qualifies as the ‘escort’?

    • Maite Mugica

      Hi Edith,

      We appreciate your reaching out to us with your question. You are right abot your son being able to fly alone, but your daughter, because she is 10, must be accompanied by someone 16 years or older in order to qualify as an escort for her. We hope that was helpful. Thanks!

  • George

    My son is 17 years old travelling with British Airways to Canada from UK.Does he allow to travel on his own?

    • Maite Mugica

      Hi, George. Thank you for reaching out. Yes, your son is allowed to fly alone on British Airways. Thanks!

  • Ozaz A

    But what about Turkish Airlines?? Me (12) and my big sister (will be 17 then) need to fly out together in 2 months. Is it allowed on that airline?

    • Maite Mugica

      Hi, Ozaz. Children between 7 and 12 years old can travel alone on Turkish Airlines. They must be however, accompanied by an adult (your big sister for example) and an Unaccompanied Minor Declaration Forms is required to be filled out and signed by a parent or guardian at the time of check in, at least 2 hours prior to boarding the flight. Thanks!

  • Bill

    Hello,
    Can you help me?
    I have two 15 year old french girls who want to fly alone to France . I can’t accompany them to the airport the day they want to travel . This is with Flybe.
    Will they be ok to travel?

    • Maite Mugica

      Hi Bill. Thank you for writing to us in regards to unaccompanied minors rule for Flybe flights. Children between the ages of 12-16 are allowed to fly without an adult. You may however, request for a child between the ages of 12 and 16 years to be carried as an Unaccompanied Minor, in which case, you would have to telephone Flybe’s Customer Call Centre to reserve. We hope that was helpful. Thanks!

  • murat

    My Niece and her friend both 15 want to visit me on thursday. My sister must have accidentally booked the 2 as adults with RYAN AIR and only realised when checking in with the date of birth the error. Is there anyway Ryanair would allow them on the flight. I will pick them up in London.

    • Maite Mugica

      Hi Murat. Thanks for reaching out to us. Ryanair policy states the following on their site, for unaccompanied minors: Ryanair does not carry unaccompanied minors under 16 years. Children under the age of 16 years must always be accompanied by a passenger over 16 years. We recommend contacting the airline directly for further instruction on this matter. We wish you the best of luck!

  • evıcka

    Hello my daughter ıs,16 ıs she allowed to travel alone on turkısh airlines??

    • Carla

      Hi, yes, she is allowed to travel alone and she doesn’t have to fill an “unaccompanied minor declaration” form. Thanks!

  • Leon

    Can i travel alone on jet2 or easy jet, im 15 and will be flying to Dalaman airport in Turkey from Manchester airport. Will i need any forms or to be signed off by anyone? i will be meeting my dad there for a holiday because there is no space on his flight. i have to travel to Dalama airport alone and catch the plane alone home but he will meet me when i get off the plane at dalaman on the way there. Thanks in advance

    • Carla

      Hi, yes, you’ll be allowed to travel alone with Jet2 and Easyjet and you won’t have to fill in any forms to do so. Hope this helps! 😉

  • Sara

    Hello,
    my daughter ( 14 year) is going to Istanbul on her own from Dusseldorf (germany) with Turkish Airlines and I can’y accompany her when she is checkin in, my question is does she need me to be with her during checking in, do I need to fill a form or something?

    • Carla

      Hi, your daughter can fly on her own and you won’t have to fill in the unaccompanied minor declaration form because she’s above 12. Hope this helps :)

  • Diana Thomiczny

    Hello,
    can you help, please? I’ve booked a flight to London with Lufthansa for my daughter who’s 15. I know that she’s allowed to fly unaccompanied with Lufthansa, but does she need to be picked up at Heathrow or can she simply proceed to the Underground? She’ll be staying with friends of mine who probably won’t be able to pick her up that day. Thank you so much for an answer!

    • Carla

      Hi Diana, children aged from 12 up to a maximum of 17 years old, who are travelling alone, can be looked after by Lufthansa at the request of their parents and has an extra charge of 50-80€. Regardless, she can simply proceed to the underground. Hope this helps! :)

  • http://- M

    Hi!
    I’m a 15 year old girl. I bought my tickets from Finnair, but my flight is operated by British Airways.
    A 15 year old cannot fly alone to USA from Finland without an Unaccompanied Minor -reservation, but with British Airways it is possible. So, my question is, am I allowed to fly on my one, even if Finnair doesn’t allow me but British Airways does?

    • Carla

      Hi, although your flight is operated by British Airways, your booking is with Finnair. Thus, you’ll have to follow Finnair’s rules. Therefore, you’ll have to book an unaccompanied minor reservation. Please contact our Customer Service (Facebook / Twitter) to book this service. Hope this was helpful! 😉

  • Shanon

    Hi, I am 15. I would like to know can I flight on my own from Poland to England, by British Airways?
    Do I need any other documents than a passpotr? Do I need to inform the airlaines earlier, that I am not 18 yet? Or is it ok and they will let me into the plane without any troubles or problems?

    • Carla

      Hi Shanon, You can fly alone or hire the British airways Skyflyer Solo service. You don’t need any other documents to fly. Hope that was helpful 😉

  • ETHEL MAMSLIAD

    My daughter is 15 years old and will be flying with cousin 16 years on Korean Airlines? I’m worried she won’t be allowed to fly. Can someone give me an idea. Thanks.

    • Carla

      Hi! Children ages 12-17 may use the Unaccompanied Minor service on international flights but they can travel on their own. Hope this helps :)

  • Erika Joan

    Hi my sister is traveling to UK this july she is just 17 and her visa type is type C accompanied. Can we appeal to the uk embassy to change her visa type to unaccompied??? What are the documents needed? Thank you

  • Erika Joan

    Her airlines is malaysian airlines, she also change the date of her flight after the visa was released. She is 17 already and i was wondering if you could help us with the matter, thank you

  • Yogi Suwarno

    I booked 4 tickets for a Ryan Air flight from Birmingham to Dublin. When I registered through Opodo, I put my first child (13) as an adult, because the website says that children are only 2-11. Meanwhile Ryan Air requires us to do online check in though its website/application prior to the departure. Unfortunately I can’t input my first child’s birthday due to the different definition of adult/children’s age between opted and Ryan Air. It’s locked. What should I do? This is not my fault at all.

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    I can’t do online check in for my first child, because there is a different definition of adult/children’s age between Opodo and Ryan Air. I book my tickets through Opodo website, but then I found it difficult to do online check in through Ryan Air website. Anyone can help me?

    • Carla

      Hi! Please send us a private message on Facebook and/or Twitter with your booking number and email address. Our CS agents will look into your case. Thanks and sorry for the inconveniences!

  • Andreea

    hi.
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    I know I need some papers when I’m coming back but I don’t know if I need anything else apart of my passport??
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    • Carla

      Hi Andrea, it depends on the airline you’re flying with. With which airline are you flying? Thanks.

      • Valiii

        Ryanair, 16 years old, going to Romania next week by myself. There shouldn’t be any problem right? Thanks ✋

        • Carla

          No problem at all!

  • Zarine

    Hi, Next week me (age 17) and my little sister (age 7) will be flying to moscow on british airways, because i am over 16 years she can be accompanied by me right??
    Also does my mum have to write a permission letter allowing me and my sister to travel alone (we both have different surnames) so i know i will need to bring our birth certificates but will i need this letter in moscow?

    • Carla

      Hi Zarine, both of you will be able to fly with all the documents you’ve just mentioned. Hope this helps!

  • Michelle Webley

    My 15 year old niece is travelling from Malaga to Spain with Easy Jet. I know the airline are fine with that but will the airport/passport control have any problems or need extra docs? I know sometimes when people take their friends kids on holiday they need a letter from the parent to say they had permission

    • Carla

      Hi Michelle! Your niece will be able to travel alone without signing any form. Passport control doesn’t need any extra documents because the airline allows her to travel on her own. Hope this helps!

  • nikos

    hi ,
    i am Nikos and i want to ask if i can fly alone to Greece from the gatwick airport 😀

    • Carla

      Hi Nikos, how old are you and what airline are you flying with? Thanks!

  • Tiffany

    Hello, I am 15 years old and I am travelling from Hong Kong to Edinburgh through Virgin Atlantic but the connecting flight back to Edinburgh is through aer lingus am I allowed to fly alone without filling out any forms or using their special service for minors

    • Carla

      Hi Tiffany, you’ll have to inform Virgin Atlantic that you’ll be flying alone and fill out their unaccompanied minors form. For your flight with Aer Lingus, your parent will have to sign the Form of Indemnity. Please contact Aer lingus and ask them to send you the form so you can bring it with you on the day of your flight.

      Thank you for contacting us!

  • Sal

    My 13 year old is booked with the unaccompanied minors assistance on a vueling flight from Rome to London. My sister in law will take her to check in and I, her mother will meet her at Gatwick, a part from her british passport, what documents are needed?

    • Carla

      Hi Sal, your child needs 3 copies of the unaccompanied minor form signed you or any legal guardian. The person accompanying the child on departure (in this case, your sister in law), must be the same as stated on the form and must present the following documentation at check-in: ID(passport/DNI), Photocopy of the passport belonging to the legal guardian/your passport, passport of your daughter, and the 3 copies of the form. She will have to wait at the airport until the plane takes off.

      You will have to present proof of identity (passport or ID) and sign 2 copies of the form in order to pick up your daughter.

      Thanks for contacting us!

  • http://blog.opodo.co.uk/unaccompanied-minors-rules-by-airline/ Jansson Meriem

    Hi !
    I would like to know; as i actually get diffrent contradictory information; if my son, 9 years who is an SAS (ScandinavianID-passenger , can fly as an ID- passenger together with his older sister that is 17 years old with Vueling. The sister is a regular passenger.
    Thank you for any answer i can get

    • Carla

      Hi Jansson, you’re son will be able to travel with his older sister. Thank you for contacting us! 😉

  • Catherine

    Hi, my name is Catherine, and I am wondering if I can fly alone (without parents consent) if I’m 16 years old? And even if i’m not leaving the UK?

    • Carla

      Hi Catherine, it depends on the airline you’re flying with. With which airline are you flying? Thanks.

  • Annia

    Hello I’m travelling with a friend this month from Alicante to London. We’re both 16 (and Spanish, we’ve got a spanish passport) and we’re travelling alone, without our parents. Our airline is fine with us, we don’t have any problem but I’m concerned about if we will have any problem there in the UK because we’re travelling alone. Do our parents need to fill something? Does the british law require any document for unaccompained minors? What do we need to travel alone?

    • Carla C.

      Hi, as long as the airline is fine with you flying alone, you won’t experience any problems with entering the country. Just don’t do anything that you’re not allowed to do by law! 😉

  • Ana Marques

    Hello !
    My brother is 15 and I’m thinking about book a flight from Berlin (SXF) to London Gatwick (LGW), but I can’t meet him at the airport. He’s portuguese. Does he need any document besides my mum’s authorization and his ID?
    Do I need to pick him up at the airport or he can take the bus by himself ?
    Regards

    • Carla C.

      Hi @disqus_SbgzOfIlke:disqus, it depends on the airline you’re planning to book with. Can you please give us this information? Thanks!

  • Leanne

    Hi, I want my 14 year old daughter to fly by herself internationally with EasyJet. The problem is I dont know how to book the flight and dont know what I am supposed to do at the airport so my daughter can safely depart. Thank You

    • Carla C.

      Hi @disqus_W6dz8wCZER:disqus, you can book the flight online just like any other flight ticket. easyJet allows children aged 14 to 15 to travel on their own provided that they are not travelling with children aged 13 years or younger. Unfortunately, they don’t offer any official extra assistance however their ground and cabin crew will be on hand to answer any questions you may have and will try to help make her journey as easy as possible.

  • Dawn

    Hi my daughter’s friend who is 15 wants to fly from alicante to UK with jet2 I know the airline allows this but is anything else needed?

  • Amy

    Hello, our 12 year old niece is coming to visit us in the UK and will fly in and out of Heathrow from the US. My question is when we take her to Heathrow, how far can I stay and accompany her? Can I go pass security and to the gate to see her off? Her mum is worried if I wouldn’t be able to accompany her to the gate in Heathrow.

    • Carla C.

      Hi @disqus_pH64sIAcID:disqus, security most probably won’t allow you to accompany the minor to the final gate. Can you please give us the airline she’ll be flying with? Thanks!

  • jb

    i am 13 and my dad lives in malaga spain and i have premition with my gaudians for me to fly alone i would be dropped at my gate and picked up from my gate what forms would my gaudians have to fill out for this to be possible with easyjet or and airline from luton london?

    • Carla C.

      Hi Jb, unfortunately, children aged 13 years or younger cannot travel with easyJet unless they are accompanied by an adult who is at least 16 years old and who will take full responsibility for them. Hope this helps!

  • siva

    hi im stayin in france and can i book the airline tickets in the uk website because the cost is less comparing to the france website…

  • Max

    My brother (18 years old) and I (15 years old) are going to make a daytrip to London from Bratislava with Ryanair, do we need any documents or just the passport? Can I travel alone just with him without our parents?

  • Lily

    Hello, my daughter is 14 years old will be flying with Wizzair from London Luton, UK to Vilnius, Lithuania. Do I need to sign any forms what so ever so she could fly by her own or any other reasons?

    • Carla C.

      Hi Lily, Passengers of 14 and 15 years of age may travel unaccompanied but cannot be responsible for any passenger under 14 years old.

      Thanks!

  • Luna

    Hey, I am 16 and I was wondering if I could travel from Germany to England alone. (I would go to Germany with parents but return alone){Go + Return ticket} and if so, will I need any forms to be signed? [Ryanair]

    • Carla

      Hi Luna, as mentioned in the blog post, if you’re 16 and over, you can fly alone without any forms.

    • Carla C.

      Hi, as stated in the blog post, 16 year olds are allowed to fly alone. Thanks!

  • ekd

    Hi I’m 14 and I’m thinking of travelling alone from England To America but with help like escorts and that?is that possible ?

    • Carla C.

      Hi, it depends on the airline you’ll be flying with. Some allow 14 year olds to travel alone. Hope this helps! 😉