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What documents does a minor need to travel?


Check all the requirements you need to meet when travelling with children and infants, considering their age and destination

All passengers aged 14 or over should travel with a national identification card or passport.

Children under 14 do not have to have one but travelling with one will mean their identity does not have to be proven in a different fashion.

Minors travelling with their parents

Domestic Flights


If you are travelling with your children who are under 14 without a national identification card, you may be asked to show your family record book.


International flights (European and third countries)


All minors should present their own national identification card 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 card 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 father, mother or guardian's travel authorisation.
  • 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 card or passport.

International flights (European and third countries)


All minors should present their own national identification card or passport and also meet the requirements of the destination country.

Special cases

Departures from Spanish 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 airports in Spain. Once you have requested our Minor Companion Service, you can 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 national identification card to pass through border control with the minor.

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, national identification card 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 to Mexico

All minors who travel to/from Mexico alone or accompanied by a third person who is not either 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.

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.