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Minors travelling alone


They may travel without a companion bearing a number of conditions in mind

This service can be booked through your Iberia office or travel agency

Due to the special treatment they require, you must take into account the following requirements .

Consults our recommendations so that the minor’s flight is more comfortable.

We try to resolve your doubts through our frequently asked questions about minors.

05 - 11 years old. Children travelling alone



If you want your child to travel alone, you must contract the special minor accompaniment service.

  • This service is available from departure to arrival, including transfers when there are connections.
  • Children are considered to be accompanied if they travel with a person aged 16 years or older on the day of the flight.
  • Given the limitation of seats of this type, please book the flight in advance.

Iberia will not accept bookings or tickets issued for unaccompanied minors (UM’s) when other companies are involved in the journey including flights with a shared code (IB4XXX and IB7XXX).
Iberia Group Companies (Iberia Express and Iberia Regional Air Nostrum) are also included.

Other airlines may have different regulations, age limits and fees, as such you must consult these when making the booking.

12 - 17 years old. Children who travel alone



If you want your child to travel alone even if the child is not considered a minor for us, you have a special, non-mandatory service available, from departure to arrival, including transfers when there are connections.

  • It is recommended to request the service ahead of time to ensure the seat.
  • The rate applied to the ticket is the same as an adult rate.

Iberia will not accept bookings or tickets issued for unaccompanied minors (UM’s) when other companies are involved in the journey including flights with a shared code (IB4XXX and IB7XXX).
Iberia Group Companies (Iberia Express and Iberia Regional Air Nostrum) are also included.

Other airlines may have different regulations, age limits and fees, as such you must consult these when making the booking.

Minors aged under 14 will not be allowed to fly alone on IB7000 American Airlines flights and should always be accompanied by a person aged 18 or over.

Cost of the service per journey

Domestic flights (except Canary Islands) To Europe, the Canary Islands, the Middle East and Africa (except Luanda) From Europe, the Middle East and Africa to America and Luanda From America and Luanda
30€ 50€ 75€ USD100

The service may be requested when making the booking and will be charged when the ticket is issued except when requested afterward as an additional service. In this last case, the ticket will be re-issued to adjust the rate to the service requested.
Take into account fluctuations in the currency exchange rate when purchasing the service.
Different charges, fees or taxes may apply in accordance with the law in each country.

Payment will be made at the time of booking and issuing the ticket

Exceptional cases

Identification on international flights

On international flights (European and Other Countries), as there is no standardised regulation, all minors (travelling accompanied or unaccompanied, regardless of their age) must present their own document, DNI or Passport, in addition to complying with the requirements of the destination country.

If they travel alone and do not have a Passport, the DNI must be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian Authorisation formalised in a Police Department.

Flights within the United States

Within the territory of the United States children up to 14 years of age are considered minors and they must fly with an accompaniment service.

Flights to or from Mexico

All minors who travel alone or accompanied by a third person, who is not one of their parents or legal guardian, must present a document signed by both parents or by the person who has parental custody or guardianship, before a notary or pertinent authority, which attests that the minor is permitted to leave the national territory.

When it is a document granted abroad, it should be authorised or apostilled, depending on the case, with a translation (if in a language other than Spanish).

In the specific case of Spain, the police have an authorisation document especially for these cases.

Departures from Spanish airports

Entry through to the boarding area is permitted to guardians or family members of minors under 12 who are travelling alone. Please ask for a Companions’ Card at the Iberia check-in desk. They will only be allowed access to accompany the minor to the boarding gate on the day and time of the flight. The adult companion should carry his/her valid passport or DNI to be able to access the border control together with the minor.

And remember

  • We take care of your child from the flight departure until their arrival at the destination.
  • Book with sufficient advance notice
  • Learn more about the documentation that they need to fly.
  • Consult our recommendations so that their journey is comfortable.

See how this applies on flights operated by

  • British Airways
  • American Airlines
  • Finnair

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