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How soon can a mother and newborn baby travel with Iberia?


Iberia permits travel from any time but recommends that premature babies or those less than 1 week old should not travel by air.

Please remember that babies may suffer pain due to cabin pressure changes and that they should be kept well-hydrated.

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How can I transport my baby?


When you travel with your baby and you take the pram with you, you have the option of keeping the pram with you until you board the aircraft or checking it in with the rest of your luggage. If you do take it to the aircraft entrance, it may be transported in the cabin when cabin space allows. Otherwise, it will taken by the flight attendants, placed in the hold and handed over at the aircraft door on arrival (where feasible).

If you check it in as hold baggage, it will be collected with the rest of your baggage from the carousels in the arrivals hall.

To make your baby's trip safer, on intercontinental flights and for babies up to 8 months and 11 kg. maximum weight., Iberia has available a certain number of sky-cots.

These skycots, along with the seats for the adult passengers who accompany the infant, cannot be booked online.

To book a skycot please contact the Iberia office in your country, who will inform you if you will be able to book a seat for yourself in the area asigned to skycots.

Iberia, conscious of what travelling with an infant involved, provided the same baggage allowance as for the accompanying adult, as well as a pushchair/foldable buggy, provided they are travelling on an ticket issued at an infant fare.

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Are there any differences between child and adult tariffs?


Yes, but they will vary depending on the departure/destination point and the tariffs that were applied, although as a general rule we can say that:

Children older than two years and younger than twelve years of age at the moment the flights depart (child) travel paying 50% of the fare on domestic flights (flights within Spain) with full tariff (i.e. without restrictions). If this minor (baby or infant), is to reach his/her second birthday before the end of the journey, you will have to purchase a child fare ticket for the entire journey.

Children that still have not reached two years of age at the moment the flights depart (infant) and that don't occupy a seat pay 10% of the adult fare. These passengers may only travel with an adult.

If you want a child under two years of age (infant) to travel occupying a seat, the child will pay the tariff for children between 2 and 11 years of age (child), and will have to bring an approved child seat to travel in.

In addition, if an adult travels with two babies (infant), one will pay the corresponding (infant) tariff, travelling on the adult passenger's lap, but the second baby will pay the tariff for children between 2 and 11 years of age (child), as they occupy a seat (they must bring an approved child seat to travel in).

For reduced tariffs a percentage will be applied that will depend on the tariff chosen.

On international flights this percentage rate will vary depending on the destination and the tariff applied.

For some special offers no discount will be applied.

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Can one adult travel with two babies?


Aircraft safety regulations require that if an adult passenger wants to travel with two babies (children under 2 years), they will have to bring along a standard child car seat for one of the babies to travel in. The car seat will be fitted to the seat next to the adult passenger's seat.

The other baby will travel on the adult passenger's knee with the additional seatbelt which will be provided by the crew as has been normal practice until now.

The fare applicable to the baby in the car seat will be the same as that of a child between the ages of 2 and 11 years of age.

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Who is considered as a Child?


These are minors aged between two and eleven years of age. These passengers occupy a seat on the aircraft and the same luggage allowance as adult passengers.

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What are the requirements for a child travelling alone?


Due to the special characteristics of these passengers, and for safety reasons, they may travel unaccompanied as long as they meet the following requirements:

  • Aged between 5 and 11.
    This service is mandatory for children in this age group who are travelling alone.
  • Name of guardian responsible for the child at the departure point, address and contact phone number.
  • Name of the person responsible for the child at the arrival point, address and contact phone number.
  • Passport or visa, if required at the destination

As well as allowing us to determine the identity of the person responsible for meeting the child, this also allows us to contact this person if necessary.
Children are taken care of from their arrival at the check-in to handover of the child at the destination airport, and are also accompanied in transit if they have to change flights.

Service cost (to be paid at the time of the booking and issuing of the ticket)
The service cost per leg is:

  • Domestic (excluding Canary Islands) €30
  • To Europe, Canary Islands, Middle East and Africa (except and Luwanda) €50
  • From Europe, Middle East and Africa to America and Luwanda €75
  • From/to America and Luwanda USD100

In addition, the following recommendations should be taken into account:

  • Make bookings more than 24 hours before the start of a journey.
  • Arrive at the airport in plenty of time, in order to complete the documentation required.
  • Provide the minor with an extra copy of the relevant contact numbers at the origin and destination alike.
  • Do not leave the departure airport facilities until it has been confirmed that the flight has taken off.

Please note that, due to the special treatment required by these passengers, internet bookings are not allowed. To make a booking, please contact your Iberia Call Centre branch or a travel agency.

Finally, please remember that, for the purposes of air transport, only passengers over 16 years of age will be considered as adults for the purposes of accompanying a child(18 years old for Vueling flights) .

For further information, please contact the Iberia Call Centre in your country.

Iberia will not accept bookings or tickets for unaccompanied minors (UM's) when companies, including code-share flights (IB4XXX and IB7XXX), are involved in the transport.

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From what age are passengers considered adults for pricing purposes?


All passengers who, at the time of starting their journey, have reached their 12th birthday.

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What is understood by a minor?


For the purposes of air transport, a minor is a person who has not reached their 18th birthday on the day of the flight.

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What documents does a minor need to travel?


Check all the requirement you must meet when travelling with children and babies, considering their age and destination


All passengers aged 14 or over should travel with a National Identification Document or passport.

Children under 14 do not have to have one but travelling with one will avoid having to prove their identity in a different fashion.

The Airport National Security Programme requires compliance with all the previous requisites.

Minors travelling with their parents

Domestic Flights


If you are travelling with your children under 14 without a National Identification Document, you may be asked to show your Family Record Book.

International flights (European and third countries)


All minors should present their own National Identification Document or passport and also meet the requirements of the destination country.

If the person who accompanies the minor is not one of his/her parents

Domestic Flights


Children under 14 without a National Identification Document or passport may be asked to show one of these documents:

  • Accreditation from a notary public with the personal details of the minor and a photograph, and which includes the authorisation of the father, mother or guardian for the minor to travel.
  • Authorisation formalised in a Police Office: Via the personal appearance of the father, mother or guardian, on behalf of the person who has custody of the minor during the trip, and which shall be compared at all times with that person’s National Identification Document or passport.

International flights (European and third countries)


All minors should present their own National Identification Document or passport and also meet the requirements of the destination country.

Special cases

Flights to Mexico

Starting 24 January 2014, all minors who travel to/from Mexico alone or accompanied by a third person who is not either of their parents or their legal guardian, should present a document signed by both parents or the parent who has custody or the person who has guardianship, before a notary public or pertinent authority, where it states that the child is allowed 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 for these cases.

Departures from Spanish domestic airports

Entry through to the boarding area is permitted to guardians or family members of minors under 14 who are travelling alone for departures from domestic airports (in Spain). 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.

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Do minors between 12 and 17 years receive assistance if they travel alone?


For minors aged between 12 and 17, Iberia has an assistance and companion service, which has to be requested beforehand. There is a charge for this service and it always requires express request from the parents or guardians.
We recommend that this service is requested when you make the booking and that both the minor and his/her parents or guardians arrive at the airport early.

Bookings may not be made via the internet. You will need to contact an Iberia office or travel agency, as it is necessary to reserve the service at the time of making the booking

Please remember that this service may not be requested on IB4XXX, IB7XXX flights, or when the flight includes sections which are flown by other companies.

For further information, please contact the Iberia Call Bookings Centre in your country.

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Is it possible to travel with a minor in different cabins (business/tourist)?


You and your child can travel on the same flight in different cabins, but you should always take the following into consideration:

  • The minor must be 5 years of age or more.
  • For safety reasons, your child will be treated on the flight as an"unaccompanied minor UM (from 5 to 8 years)” which means there is a limited number of places for UMs on board ", so the case may arise that at the time of the flight there are no free UM places left, which would mean that it was impossible for them to travel in that cabin.
  • Although they are treated as "UM" on the flight, and Iberia is responsible for carrying the minor, the adult passenger will continue to be responsible for their health, wellbeing and behaviour at all times.
  • Minors travelling in tourist class may enter the VIP room as sole companions of an Iberia Plus Gold or Platinum customer.
  • There will be no extra cost for this.

Bookings for unaccompanied minors may not be made on Iberia.com. Please contact Serviberia or your travel agency.

If the child is over the age of 12, they will not require any special procedure and you can make the booking individually by selecting the desired cabin.

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