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Unaccompanied children

Last updated: 24/02/2015

 

Children aged 13 years or younger cannot travel unless they  are accompanied by an adult who is at least 16 years old and who will take full responsibility for them.

 

Please note:

The person accompagnying an Italian minor travelling with an “Affido” must be at least 18 years old.

Children aged 13 or younger
 
  Children aged 14 to 15 can travel on their own provided that they are not travelling with children aged 13 years or younger.
Children aged 14 to 15
 
Children aged 16 and over Children aged 16 years and over can travel on their own.
Travelling in large groups  easyJet will accept children aged 13 years or younger travelling in groups of 10 or more provided there is a minimum ratio of 1 adult for every 10 children. In these instances an adult is considered to be anyone aged 16 years or above.
(e.g. school trips)
 
 

No. of adults

No. of children

OK to fly?

 

2

13

Yes

 

1

11

No

 

3

28

Yes

 

However, there are certain restrictions, depending on the country, that you need to be aware of:

Czech Republic Children aged 15 and over MUST hold their own Passport in order to travel to/from the Czech Republic.
French aged under 18 years

Children under the age of 18 years leaving French Territory travelling without parents/legal guardian for flights within EU  (only)  require only a National ID Card or Passport. Travel from French Territory outside the EU still
requires written authorisation to travel from their parents/legal guardian.

NOTE: Under 18’s travelling with a Valid Passport do not require this form as a Passport acts as parental/guardian authority/consent.

Spanish aged under 18 years

Children under the age of 18 years travelling without their parents/legal guardians and holding a National ID Card only must have a form of written authorisation to travel from their parents/legal guardian. The form can be collected from local Police in Spain.

NOTE: Under 18’s travelling with a Valid Passport do not require this form as a Passport acts as parental/guardian authority/consent.

Italian aged under 14 and under 16 years

Italian minors under 14 years travelling with the new style ID Card “Carta d‘identità” with one or both parents can travel on EU/Schengen flights with no additional documentation required. If travelling outside EU/Schengen they must also be in possession of their birth certificate. If travelling with neither parent with the new style ID card they should be in possession of an „Affido“.

Italian minors under 16 years travelling with only one parent OR Guardian must be in receipt of an „Affido“ which must be signed by the parent who is not travelling.

The “Affido” can be obtained from the local Questura and Polizia Di Stato and can only be issued to accompanying
persons over 18 years old.

Portuguese aged under 18 years

Portuguese minors under the age of 18 travelling to Portugal must either:

- be accompanied by a parent or guardian, or
- be met at the airport or point of entry by a parent or guardian, or
- if not accompanied by parent or guardian, carry a letter of authorisation to travel from that parent or guardian. The letter should name the adult responsible for the minor during their stay in Portugal.


Resident minors leaving Portugal
Portuguese and non-Portuguese minors who live in Portugal must have a notarised letter of authority from a parent or guardian if they wish to leave the country unaccompanied. If the minor is travelling with a third party, the letter must identify the person who is responsible for him/her.

The letter of authority can be issued:

- by one of the minor's parents (if the parents are married) or
- by the parent the minor lives with (if the parents are separated or divorced) or
- by one of the adoptive parents (if the child is adopted) or
- by the minor's legal guardian.

 

A standard form of words for minors exiting the country can be found on the Portuguese immigration service website.

“Requerimento de Certidão” is for use by Portuguese nationals.
“Termo de Responsabilidade” is for foreign nationals.

Romanian aged under 18 years

Romanian children will be allowed to leave Romania if travelling;-
• With both parents OR
• With one parent and holding letter of authorization from the absent parent; OR
• With legal guardian (other than parents), holding letter of authorisation from parents and also holding proof of clear criminal record.

If travelling unaccompanied the child
• Must be holding letter of authorisation from both parents
• In the case of divorced parents, letter of authorisation should be written by the parent who has custody of the minor, which must be accompanied by a copy of the final divorce decree. In the event of a deceased parent, the letter of authorisation must be accompanied by a copy of the death certificate.

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