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Can my child travel alone on an Emirates flight?

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.

Have a look at our Unaccompanied Minors for more information about our service, or contact your local Emirates office where you can make a booking

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 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  assistance for children

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.

You can find out more about our special assistance and medical services here.

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 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.

French minors traveling outside of France

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 traveling outside of Spain

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.

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 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:

  • 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.