Before you fly
Prepare for a safe and comfortable journey with our health tips and advice, and learn about our medical and accessible travel services.
Travel health FAQs
You can carry an infant younger than 2 years old on your lap. We'll give you a special seat belt extension. If you’re flying with a child older than 2, you'll need to buy a child's fare and the child will have his or her own seat.
If you're bringing your own child safety belt or seat (known as a child restraint device or CRD), it must have a label to show that it's approved for use in an aircraft by
You can use an infant car seat on the flight, but you'll need to book a separate seat and pay a child's fare.
If you bring a car seat on your flight, the check-in staff will verify that it carries a label showing that it's approved for use on an aircraft and review the instructions for use. We'll accept car seats that meet one of the following safety standards:
If your car seat doesn't meet one of these safety standards, you can check it with your other baggage.
Infants weighing less than 10 kg can travel in either a forward- or rear-facing car seat; infants weighing more than 10 kg must travel in a forward-facing seat.
Our cabin crew will help you to install your car seat according to the instructions on the label. It must face the appropriate direction, and it must be secured using the lap belt. We can't accept car seats that need to be secured by a three-point seat belt or shoulder harness.
Effective 1 May 2019, in addition to Child Aviation Restraint Systems (CARES), the following restraint harnesses/devices are accepted on board Emirates flights:
We do not provide these devices. You must contact your nearest Emirates Contact Center at least 48 hours before travel as these devices can only be used on approved seat locations and in certain cabins.
If you require any additional support or assistance for your travel, you will need to complete the Medical Information form (MEDIF) and our team can then assist you.
CARES/SPECIAL CARES Limitations:
Although our bassinets are designed for babies up to two years old, weighing up to 11 kg (24.2 lb), we won’t be able to provide one if your baby doesn’t fit safely. In First Class, our baby bassinets are 63.5 cm long and 28 cm wide (25 in x 11 in), while they are 74.93 long x 33.03 cm wide x 16.51 cm deep (29.5 in x 13 in x 5 in) in Business Class and Economy Class. Please note that bassinets are limited in number and subject to availability. Remember that you can't request a bassinet if you have booked a normal seat on child's fare rates.
Please note that many children’s ride-on suitcases or leg-rest devices aren’t certified by the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority and therefore aren’t permitted on board our flights. This includes, but isn’t limited to, devices by Bedbox, Fly Legs-up, and FLY-Tot. You can get in touch with us for more information.
If you are taking an infant car seat on board your flight, you must take full responsibility for fitting the device to the aircraft chair in accordance with the manufacturer instructions and aircraft policy:
The seat belt must be easily accessible, though it must not be used to attach the infant into the car seat.
The aircraft seat back must be left in an upright position, in addition, the car seat table attachments (if any) shall be removed during take-off and landing.
Our cabin crew can assist by raising the armrests, so that you can secure the aircraft seat belt to the car seat. They will also brief you on any safety requirements, and have the right to prohibit the use of car seats which do not meet policy standards.
We can't accept car seats that need to be secured by a three-point seat belt or shoulder harness.
Leg rests, seat extensions, ride-on suitcases, and sleepers.
Leg rests and extensions
The use of leg rests, or any form of seat-extension device, is not permitted to be used on board. These items are not certified by the UAE’s General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), and pose a safety risk as loose cabin items. They include but are not limited to the below:
Yes. You can book our Unaccompanied Minors service for children aged 5 to 11 who are flying alone
We also offer a paid Unaccompanied Minors service for children aged 12 to 15.
We’ll be there to help your child enjoy a safe, comfortable, and memorable journey from check-in through to meeting their parent or guardian at their destination.
Children between the ages of 5 and 11 traveling alone will need to fly on an adult fare. This fare also applies when they travel with an older child who is under 18, as they are not old enough to be the child’s guardian.
Children under 8 traveling in a different cabin class from their parent or guardian are also regarded as unaccompanied minors and fly on an adult fare, along with children under 11 flying with them.
Children over 12 already fly on an adult fare and are able to fly alone. However, for an extra fee, you can make a special request for our Unaccompanied Minors service for young passengers aged 12 to 15 . The fee is USD 50 per young passenger for every leg of the journey that you‘d like us to offer the service.
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 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.
If your child needs special assistance or specific care on their journey, they must be accompanied by a fare-paying guardian who is over 18 years old.
Find out more about our special assistance, accessible travel or medical services.
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 meeting 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.
Minors with French citizenship who are traveling outside of France without a parent or legal guardian must carry an official authorization to exit the country, in addition to a passport. The original authorization must be presented along with a copy of the identification of the parent or guardian who signed the document.
Spanish minors under 18 years old traveling outside of the Spanish territory without the company of any of his/her legal representatives (parents or legal guardian /s), must carry in addition to passport, a signed declaration of travel permit outside of the national territory. The form may be obtained from the Spanish Police, Civil Guard, courts, notaries, town halls or consulates.
In the case of foreign minors in Spain for their departure from national territory must carry the passport of their respective state or valid travel document in force.
Regarding foreign minors resident in Spain or residents in another EU state, please contact the Authorities regarding applicable documentation.
For more information and queries please contact the Spanish authorities to ensure valid documentation is in place.
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 met in Toronto by a parent or guardian.
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:
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
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.
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.
Please visit the Unaccompanied Minors page for more information, or contact your local Emirates office.
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 7 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 between 6-36 months may travel on board in car seats as long as a separate seat is purchased for the child. Car seats can be used at any stage of the flight, including take-off and landing. The car seat must be the forward-facing type only and one that can be secured to the seat by the use of the lap seatbelt and does not require a shoulder harness (3-point seatbelt) as for car vehicles. Airport Services will approve the infant car seat for use on board at check-in.
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 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.
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 turn 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 include:
a. Authorization to travel, and
b. Destination in Canada, stating length of stay, and
c. Signer’s address and telephone details.