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Children travelling alone

Unless your child is already booked on the Skyflyer Solo service, children under 12 years of age cannot travel alone. They must be accompanied by an adult aged 16 or over.

If your young adult (aged between 12 and 15 years) will be travelling on their own, please contact your local British Airways office to make the booking. Our partner airlines may have different regulations, age limits and charges so please check with them directly.

Different legal requirements by country

Some countries' immigration departments require additional documentation for all children travelling into, out of or transitting their country. The extra documentation that you may require varies depending on the country, so please make sure you have everything you need before you travel.

The IATA Travel Centre can advise you what documentation is required for each country. Just make sure you use the date of birth of your child to ensure the extra requirements are displayed.

Check the IATA Travel centre for documentation required when travelling with children

Children with an Italian passport

Italian nationals up to and including the age of 13, when leaving Italy and travelling with someone other than their parents or legal guardian, must hold their own passport and a completed 'Dichiarazione di Affido', a document signed by both parents in front of a police officer. Only adults who are 18 years and over can be nominated as legal guardian.

The 'Dichiarazione di Affido' can only be obtained from the local Police Department (Questura), excluding airport police offices, Italian Embassy or Consulate.

Children with a Romanian passport

Romanian state law requires that all Romanian national children up to 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult of 18 years or over.

Children travelling alone to, from or transitting South Africa

The South African Immigration department has recently amended the requirements for children under 18 years of age travelling alone, whether travelling into, out of or transitting through South Africa. The requirements have undergone regular amendments, so please ensure you check with your local South African High Commission to ensure you have the correct paperwork for when your child is due to travel.

South African requirements for children travelling alone

Always check with the relevant country authorities for the latest information.

Your child's journey with Skyflyer Solo

Our staff will accompany your child throughout their journey until they are collected by your nominated adult or transferring airline.

Ground staff with girl at London Heathrow T5.

At departure

Please arrive at check-in at least one and half hour before the flight is due to depart.

Before we can check in your child for their flight:

  • You will need to complete a declaration form at the airport which must include this information.
  • We will need to verify your child’s travel documents

A staff member will take your child to the aircraft where our cabin crew will then look after them.

Please stay at the airport until you are sure your child’s flight has departed.

Child and cabin crew on board.

In the air

  • Once on board, our cabin crew will collect your child’s passport and return it to them before they leave the aircraft.
  • During the flight our cabin crew will keep an eye on your child and make sure they have everything they need.
  • If your child’s flight is more than two hours they will receive a Skyflyer activity pack to keep them entertained.
  • On longhaul flights your child will be able to enjoy our children’s inflight entertainment.
  • You can order a children’s meal when you book your ticket or after your booking has been confirmed through Manage My Booking.
  • To make sure your child has a comfortable flight, pack any medication, warm clothing and a favourite toy or game in their hand baggage.
A family at arrivals.

On arrival

  • When the flight arrives, our ground staff will escort your child through the airport arrivals process.
  • We will only release your child to the care of your nominated adult, or the airline your child is transferring to, once we have checked their valid official photo identification.
  • If your nominated adult is delayed, please advise us immediately as we have limited hours of operation at some airports.