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From 1 May 2018 the minimum age of a person permitted to travel alone on British Airways will increase from 12 to 14 years of age.

This applies to all new bookings made from 1 May 2018. Bookings made before 1 May 2018 will be unaffected.

If the young flyer is accompanied by someone who is aged 16 or over (on the same or a linked booking), British Airways will still allow them to travel.

From 1 May 2018, all young flyers aged under 16 and travelling alone must complete a parental/guardian consent form before travel.The consent form is mandatory for bookings made from 1 May 2018 and will be available to download in early April 2018.  

If you would like to make a booking for a person under the age of 16 who is travelling on their own, this cannot be made on Please contact British Airways to make the booking. Our partner airlines may have different regulations, age limits and charges so please check these with them directly.

The parent/guardian should ensure that the young person carries with them at all times:

  • Any necessary travel documentation such as valid passport(s), visas and proof of return travel (as required).
  • A signed British Airways consent form
  • Any required medication and/or health certificates
  • The ability to communicate with their parent/guardian and/or the person collecting them at the destination (please ensure all phones/mobile devices are fully charged, with sufficient credit and roaming is activated).
  • The means of payment should it be necessary for any expenses. Please note that on short-haul flights British Airways offers a drink service and refreshments from Marks & Spencer which are payable only by debit or credit card or Avios.

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 children to the airport waits until their flight departs before leaving the terminal.

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

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/Accompagniamento'. 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.

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.

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