travelling alone

We'll take extra care of children flying alone to make sure they have a safe and happy journey – with total peace of mind for parents too. Our Unaccompanied Minor service is available for children aged 5 to 17 years old. Before you can request the service, the first thing you need to do is book your child's flight.

Always remember to check the latest travel regulations before your child's trip.

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How old is your child?

0 - 4 years 

Children under five are not permitted to fly alone. They must travel with a parent or guardian at all times.

5 - 11 years 

Children aged 5 to 11 can use our Unaccompanied Minor service for free. They must be booked on a normal adult fare.

12 - 17 years

Children aged 12 to 17 are permitted to travel on their own adult ticket, but you may prefer to pay to use our Unaccompanied Minor service. Guests between 12 and 17 are not permitted to escort an Unaccompanied Minor. Legal parents below the age of 18 will be permitted to accompany infants or children with relevant identification.

How to book

  1. Book your child’s flight
  2. Submit an Unaccompanied Minor service request form in English
  3. We’ll confirm your request within 24 hours and request payment for children aged 12 to 17 – this costs US $100 each way on direct flights or US $150 each way for connecting flights
  4. Print and sign the completed request form and take it to the airport with you

You can also call our contact centre to book or for more information.

If you change your child’s flight, you will need to submit a new Unaccompanied Minor service request. Make sure you do this at least 24 hours before your child’s flight – you may be charged if you request the service at the airport. For children aged 12 to 17, you will only be requested to pay again if you change from a direct flight to a connecting flight. 

Everything you need to know 

Preparing to fly

Make sure you have completed an Unaccompanied Minor form and your child has all the documents they need to fly.

Check in

Your child must be checked in at the airport at least two hours before their flight. Please stay at the airport until their flight has departed.

At the airport 

One of our friendly hosts will stay with your child until they board. If your child is flying in Business or First, they may use our lounges in Abu Dhabi only.

On board

Our cabin crew will make sure your child has a safe, comfortable and fun flight. With E-BOX and an activity pack, there's plenty to keep them entertained. Remember, your child will need to bring their own phone or tablet to watch E-BOX on our A320 or A321 aircraft.

Connecting flights

Whilst they are transferring to another Etihad flight, your child will be met and accompanied to our lounge in Abu Dhabi. Our Unaccompanied Minor service is not available on connecting flights operated by other airlines.

On arrival

One of our hosts will guide your child through immigration, baggage claims and customs. Please meet your child at Arrivals at the scheduled arrival time of their flight – you’ll need to show your ID to one of our team.

More about children flying alone

Flying with partner airlines

Our Unaccompanied Minors service is available on Etihad-operated flights only. Please carefully check that all flights are operated by Etihad Airways before making your reservation.

No time to be bored 

There’s plenty to keep children entertained on board. They’ll love our animated movies, TV and cartoons on E-BOX, and they'll receive their own activity pack of games and puzzles.