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Can my child travel alone on an Emirates flight?

Yes. Emirates has two categories of service, with separate conditions and requirements, for passengers between the ages of 5 and 15 who are traveling without an adult.

Children between the ages of 5 and 11 are classified as Unaccompanied Minors and have separate check-in facilities and dedicated ground staff to help them on departure and arrival.

For the purposes of fares, any passenger aged 12 or older is considered an adult. However, passengers between the ages of 12 and 17 cannot accompany a child without a passenger who is 18 years or older. In such cases, both passengers are considered Unaccompanied Minors and the applicable adult fare must be paid for both. Please contact your local Emirates office to arrange these bookings.

We also provide special attention for children between the ages of 12 and 15, who are classified as Young Passengers.

Please visit the Unaccompanied Minors page for more information, or contact your local Emirates office.

What if my child has a connecting flight or overnight transfer?

Connection times

If your child is transferring to another airline as part of his or her itinerary, the maximum connection time allowed is four hours.

If he or she is transferring to another flight in Dubai, the maximum connection time is eight hours. Our specialist team members who care for your children can only be allocated for this limited time.

Overnight transfers and unaccompanied minors

Children younger than 16 can’t fly alone if their itinerary includes transfers requiring an overnight stay at the connecting airport or if they need to travel between airports to get to a connecting flight unless an adult guardian is available to meet and care for them at the transit point.

In both situations, you’ll need to confirm these details with us before we can accept your child on board.

Special needs

Children with special needs or who need specific care must be accompanied by a fare-paying guardian who is 18 years old or older.

Terms and conditions

For safety and security, the legal parent or guardian of an Unaccompanied Minor or Young Passenger must complete and sign a Declaration of Indemnity form before the child can fly with us. You'll find these forms at Emirates Airport Offices.

The unaccompanied minor’s parent or guardian must stay at the airport until the flight has departed. The parent or guardian collecting the unaccompanied minor at the airport must provide proof of identification. We offer our Unaccompanied Minors service only on our own flights, and not with our partner airlines. Please contact partner airlines directly to find out about their services for children traveling alone.

Unaccompanied minors traveling to Canada

Air Canada doesn’t accept unaccompanied minors from other airlines. If your child is traveling alone with us, you can book our Unaccompanied Minors service only as far as Toronto. The child must be picked up by a parent or guardian in Toronto.

If your child is traveling to Canada alone or with an adult who has no legal custody of him or her, we strongly advise you to give the guardian a travel consent letter. The letter must be signed by the child's legal guardian or a parent with legal custody. The letter should include:

  • Authorization to travel,
  • Destination and length of stay in Canada, and
  • Address and telephone number of the child's legal parent or guardian.

Italian minors traveling outside Italy without an adult

There are special requirements for Italian children traveling alone outside of Italy. If your child is an Italian national age 13 or younger, he or she will need to carry a letter of authorization (a dichiarazione di affido) from the local police (questura) if

  • he or she is traveling alone, or
  • he or she is traveling with someone who is not a legal guardian or parent (as identified in the child's passport).

If you live abroad, you can get this authorization from an Italian embassy or consulate. The dichiarazione di affido can’t be issued by the airport police. Without this authorization, your child won’t be allowed to leave Italy. This only applies to Italian citizens; all other nationals can travel without this authorization.

Traveling on other airlines

Each airline has its own restrictions and regulations regarding the travel of unaccompanied minors. If your itinerary involves travel on another airline, you should check the rules for that carrier before making your booking. These can include restrictions on the acceptance of unaccompanied minors when connecting to or from other airlines.

Learn more

Please visit the Unaccompanied Minors page for more information, or contact your local Emirates office.

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