Rules in the UAE for children traveling by air

UAE rules for children travel by air

There are certain facts we will learn here about children traveling to the UAE. This is an important part of the Dubai visit visa process too. Children traveling with family members or unaccompanied are to be understood from the immigration rules standpoint.

Unaccompanied children

The rules regarding children traveling unaccompanied changes with the specific airline and the airport’s immigration rules. Important consideration must be given to ensuring that there’s enough facility in the airline or the airport that makes it safe for the child to be able to travel without trouble. Here are the rules followed by different airlines.

Emirates Airlines

  • A child under the ages of 5 to 11 traveling alone must fly on an adult fare.
  • The same adult fare will be applicable when the child travels with an older child aged under 18 years.
  • Booking for service for unaccompanied minors aged 5 to 11 years can be made by parents.
  • The airline offers paid service for unaccompanied minors aged between 12 and 15 years.
  • Children under the age of 8 years traveling in a different cabin class to their parents’ or guardians’ will be treated as unaccompanied minors.


  • Children under 5 years of age must always be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Free “unaccompanied minor” service can be had for children aged 5 to 11 years.
  • The booking must be made on a normal adult fare.
  • Children aged 12 to 17 can travel on an adult ticket. Unaccompanied minor service can be booked for this age group also.

Fly dubai

  • The airline doesn’t accept unaccompanied minors under the age of 12.

Air Arabia

  • Children above 12 years of age can travel alone on the airline.
  • Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a passenger aged at least 16 years.

Apart from airline stipulations, it’s necessary to know the policies followed by airports. Here are a few examples:

  • Minors who are French citizens traveling out of France unaccompanied by their parents or legal guardians must have an official authorization in hand to go out of the country. This will be in addition to their passport. The original authorization must be produced along with a copy of the parent’s or guardian’s document of identification.
  • Spanish minors aged under 18 years traveling outside of the Spanish territory not accompanied by any of the child’s legal representatives must have a declaration of travel permit outside of the national territory that’s signed, along with their passport.

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