If you aren’t able to accompany your child on a flight and he or she has to travel alone, we can help you get ready for the trip.

Plan ahead

  • Children are permitted to travel unaccompanied on domestic flights from the age of 4, and on international flights from the age of 5.
  • Your child must travel with valid proof of identity.
  • Children travelling alone are called UMs (Unaccompanied Minors).

Permission to leave the country

As of 15 January 2017, minors living in France who have to travel abroad without an accompanying adult or a parent must have parental consent to leave the country. Parents (or legal guardians) can grant this consent by completing and signing a form.

The consent form is mandatory and must be obtained for any travel outside of France, whether the child is travelling singly or as part of a group (such as for a school trip or language exchange).

Assistance provided by airlines

Assistance for your unaccompanied child

To travel as an unaccompanied minor, your child must be at least 4 years old for domestic flights or 5 years old for international flights.  He or she will be looked after by airline staff throughout the journey, during departure, the flight itself and arrival.

Important: Not all airlines cater for unaccompanied minors.

Unaccompanied minors must be taken to check-in well in advance of the check-in deadline. The airline will give the child a folder, and he or she must keep hold of it for the entire trip. It contains their boarding card, ID, parental consent form and a personal identity form completed by their parents or legal guardians.

Parents are requested to stay in the airport until their child’s flight is in the air.

The person who has been designated to collect the child at their destination airport must be there by the scheduled arrival time and they must be able to present ID.