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Unaccompanied minors

Travel documents

Minors under 4 years of age

Minors between 4 and 12 years of age

Minors over  than 12 years of age
Is your underage child travelling alone? Prepare the necessary documents and notify the airline, who will receive and accompany the child to ensure a pleasant and safe trip.

Travel documents

An underage child travelling alone requires a number of documents. The applicable rules vary according to the child's age, situation and destination.

French minors

Is your child travelling to a country requiring only the national identity papers?
If the child is travelling alone or accompanied by someone other than you, in addition to the national Identity papers, a travel permit to exit France is required.

Is your child travelling to a country requiring a passport?
If travelling alone, the child must have a personal passport, whatever the age of the child.
If travelling to a country requiring a visa, the child also requires a personal visa.

Children under age must have their own passport!
Underage children can no longer be included in their parents' passports. Children aged 0 to 17 years of age must therefore have their own passport to travel to countries requiring a passport.

Minors of another nationality

Underage foreign nationals (not French) travelling alone must have an individual passport, as well as a travel document.
On returning to France, these documents are required to:
- re-enter the country or the outside borders of the Schengen area;
- prove the child is entitled to stay in France.

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Minors under 4 years of age

The UM* passenger status is limited to children between 4 and 12 years of age. Some airlines offer this service for children below 4 years of age, usually at extra charge. Inquire from your airline the conditions for children below 4 years of age travelling alone or with someone other than a parent.

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Minors between 4 and 12 years of age

Your unaccompanied child travels, sometimes at extra charge, as an UM* passenger. Inquire from your airline the conditions .

Reception and assistance for departure


Once check-in has been completed, your child is looked after by the airline. From this point, the airline has legal responsability of the child.

The child is given a "UM* pouch" containing 4 documents:
- the airline ticket
- the identity documents
- the parental authorization
- a filled-in identification sheet listing the name and address of the person designated person to pick up the child at the destination airport.

A steward or stewardess will escort the child until the flight boards.


During the flight

Your child will be looked after by the flight crew. If the journey involves a transfer on the same airline, your child will remain under the airline's supervision. In the event of a connecting flight on another airline, you must complete the appropriate procedures with this airline before departure.

On arrival

As a general rule, minors leave the plane last of all, escorted by a steward or stewardess.
Your child will be handed over off to the designated person once their identity has been checked.

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Minors over 12 years of age 

Airlines are not legally responsible for children over 12 years of age but can provide assistance in the event of problems.
A UM* service may be offered until 18 years of age, at extra charge.

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* UM stands for Unaccompanied Minor