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Unaccompanied minors

For a child travelling alone, a journey by air can be a little daunting.

At Etihad, we take extra care of unaccompanied minors ensuring they are supervised and happy from the moment you place them in our care until we reunite them with loved ones.

Age classification

Age travelling alone

Travel requirement

Below (but not yet) 5

May not travel alone.
Must be accompanied by a passenger age 18 and above.

5 and up to (but not yet) 12

Classified as Unaccompanied Minor.

12 and up to (but not yet) 16

May travel alone without the UM service.
Entitled to the UM service if specifically requested by the parent or guardian.

Flying with partner airlines
While your flight may have been booked through Etihad Airways, it may be operated by one of our our partner airlines. If your flight or a segment of your flight is operated by one of our many partner airlines, then different age classification and policies may apply. Please check their website or contact the airline directly for details.

How to book

  1. Book your child's flight below. Please note that an adult fare is applied for an Unaccompanied Minor booking.
  2. After booking the flight we shall provide you with a booking reference number. You will need this to complete the Unaccompanied Minor Form.
  3. Click here to update the Unaccompanied Minor Form. Incomplete forms shall not be accepted.
  4. After completion, save and email to UMform@etihad.ae or submit to one of our local ticketing offices. 
  5. We will contact you within 24 hours to confirm we have the right information and have updated your booking.
  6. Print 4 copies, add your signature and ensure you take them to the airport with you on your day of departure.

Alternately, you may contact our Global Contact Centre or visit one of our local ticketing offices to make a booking and request for the Unaccompanied Minor service at least 24 hours before departure.

How it works

Upon departure

We take care of your child at every step of the journey. On the day of travel, your child must be escorted to the airport and should be checked-in at least 120 minutes prior to scheduled time of departure.

After check-in, your child will be placed under the guardianship of one of our ground hosts who will guide them through passport control and security checks right up to the aircraft. At this point our cabin crew will take over to ensure your child has a safe, comfortable and enjoyable flight.

Unaccompanied Minor upon departure

Onboard fun

Be assured your child will have fun on board with our goody bag of games and activities, a variety of children’s in-flight entertainment and tasty food and refreshments.

Know more 

Unaccompanied Minor onboard

On transit

If transferring between flights, the maximum length of time between flights is 4 hours.

Your child will be met by a member of our premium services team and accompanied to our specially designed lounge.

Unaccompanied Minor on transit

Upon arrival

On arrival at the destination, your child will be met immediately by one of our ground hosts and be escorted through immigration, baggage claim and customs to finally be reunited with you within the arrivals area.

Throughout the journey we will be there to take care of your child and assist with anything they need, so you can relax knowing that they’re in safe hands.

Unaccompanied Minor upon arrival

Terms and Conditions

Unaccompanied Minor Policy

Unaccompanied Minors (UMs) are accepted for carriage on Etihad Airways subject to conditions below: 

  • Unaccompanied Minors may be denied boarding at the airport if Unaccompanied Minor service is not requested in advance as there is a limitation to the number that can be carried on a flight.
  • Children above the age of 5 and below 12 years travelling alone are considered as Unaccompanied Minors.
  • Young Passengers between the age of 12 and up to but not yet 16 years travelling alone without parents/guardians are entitled to Unaccompanied Minor service if specifically requested by the parent or guardian.
  • Young guests between the ages of 12 and 17 years are not permitted to escort Unaccompanied Minors.
  • Unaccompanied Minor form must be completed by the parent/guardian and emailed to UMform@etihad.ae or submitted to one of the Etihad Airways ticketing offices. Incomplete forms shall not be accepted.
  • Unaccompanied Minor must be seen off at the airport and met on arrival at the destination by parents/guardian (mentioned on the Unaccompanied Minor form). 
  • Adult fare is applied for Unaccompanied Minor tickets and no extra Unaccompanied Minors fee is charged. 
  • The parent/guardian must present themselves for check-in and ensure that the Unaccompanied Minor has all necessary travel documents like valid passport and visa. These documents must be submitted to the Etihad check-in counter at least 2 hours prior to departure of the flight.
  • Flight connecting time must not be more than four hours.
  • Where travel on another airline is involved, the rules of that airline must be complied with. Guests/travel agents must contact the other airline’s office to check rules for acceptance of the Unaccompanied Minors which may be different to that of Etihad Airways.
  • Unaccompanied Minors up to the age of 14 years shall not be accepted when journey involves interline travel with American Airlines. 
  • Unaccompanied Minors with medical conditions shall be accepted after obtaining medical clearance from Etihad Airways Medical Center (EAMC).
  • Unaccompanied Minors are not permitted to sit in the emergency exits.
  • Children (ACCOMPANIED MINORS) travelling with adults in different cabins shall be treated as Unaccompanied Minors.
  • Unaccompanied Minors travelling from Abu Dhabi are not eligible to be checked in from Abu Dhabi and Dubai city terminals.
  • Unaccompanied Minors are not entitled for Etihad Coach or Chauffer service.