We have two changes impacting young flyers that came into effect from 1 May 2018.
* Except flights operated by SUN-AIR, where children over 5 years of age will be able to travel alone.
The parent/guardian should ensure that the young person carries with them at all times:
If a young flyer is travelling on their own, please be aware that they will be booked to travel as an adult, and therefore will be making their way through departure and arrival airports and boarding their flight(s) without a chaperone. British Airways cannot accept parental responsibility for the young person. We recommend that the parent or guardian accompanying the young flyer to the airport waits until their flight departs before leaving the terminal.
SUN-AIR allows young children between the ages of 5 - 11 years to travel without a parent or legal guardian provided you contact the airline in advance. Children over the age of 12 can travel unaccompanied on SUN-AIR operated flights, although young flyers between 12 - 16 years can use the SUN-AIR Unaccompanied Minor service if requested.
There is a service fee for the SUN-AIR Unaccompanied Minor service. This cannot be booked online and must be booked and paid for in advance.
Please contact SUN-AIR for more information.
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.
Children under 14 years of age travelling on an Italian passport cannot travel unaccompanied to or from Italy on British Airways flights. This is an Italian legal requirement.
Children who are Italian nationals under 14 years of age travelling to and from Italy accompanied by someone other than a parent or legal guardian, as indicated on page 5 of the minor’s passport, must hold their own passport and a completed 'Dichiarazione di Affido/Accompagnamento'. This document is signed by both parents in front of a police officer and can be obtained from your local police department (Questura) or, if the parents reside abroad, from an Italian embassy or consulate. It cannot be obtained from an airport police office.
Only adults who are 18 years and over can be nominated to accompany a minor under 14 years of age.
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 when travelling out of Romania. Please check with the relevant Romanian authorities to ensure you have the correct paperwork for when your child is due to travel.
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.
Always check with the relevant country authorities for the latest information.
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