What are the ticketing rules for child and infant passengers on Emirates?
Infants 0–2 years
Tickets for infants traveling on the parent’s lap or in a bassinet are discounted from the full adult fare. When booking online, a request for a bassinet can be made in the Passenger Details section.
Infants less than seven days old will be allowed on board only in the case of travel for emergency medical reasons (in incubators) or if the mother is traveling on compassionate grounds.
Children in car seats (6–36 months)*
Children 6–36 months of age may travel in car seats as long as a separate seat is purchased for the child. During takeoff and landing, however, the child must be held and restrained by the parent until the aircraft has reached cruising altitude.
Children 2–11 years
Tickets for children traveling in a separate seat are also discounted from the full adult fare.
Please Note: the Emirates Unaccompanied Minor service is not available in conjunction with a discounted child ticket—a full adult fare must be purchased.
Please contact your local Emirates office to book an unaccompanied minor.
Children traveling in different class from the parents
Children under 8 years of age traveling in a different cabin class from their parents are considered Unaccompanied Minors and must pay the full adult fare. When there are children both over and under the age of 8 traveling together with their parents in a different cabin class, then all the children are considered Unaccompanied Minors and the adult fare would be applicable for all. Passengers are reminded that visits between cabins should be kept to a minimum.
IMPORTANT: New information concerning infant bookings
Any person 2 years or older must occupy a seat when traveling on Emirates. Therefore, any infant who reaches the age of 2 after the commencement of the journey must pay the applicable child fare and is required to occupy a seat for that part of the journey.
Where a passenger travels as an infant on the outward journey and as a child on the onward/return journey, applicable infant fare will apply for the outward journey and child fare for the onward/return flights. This cannot be booked online and should be booked through your local Emirates office.
Where a passenger is an infant but is 2 years or older on travel date at point of origin, the applicable child fare will apply for entire journey.
If the above has not been done at the booking or ticketing stage, then check-in staff will arrange this at the airport on departure.
If seats are not available at the ticketing or check-in stage, the adult and child passengers will be booked together on alternate flights, subject to availability.
Should travel plans change while en route and an infant turns 2 years old after travel has commenced, the unused coupon(s) will be reissued at the applicable child fare for the rest of the trip and a seat will be booked for all remaining flights.
IMPORTANT: Conditions of travel to Canada
Parents traveling to Canada with a child under 18 years old are strongly advised to hold documentation showing that the child is theirs. Parents who are separated or divorced are also advised to keep legal and other relevant documents in order to clarify custody rights.
Children traveling to Canada alone or with adults who don't have legal custody of them are strongly advised to hold a letter of travel consent signed by a legal guardian or parent with legal custody. This letter should contain:
a. Authorization to travel, and
b. Destination in Canada, stating length of stay, and
c. Signor’s address and telephone details.
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