Air France has a policy for unaccompanied minors. This means that children between the ages of 4 and 17 can fly alone using the Kids Solo service. The airline’s staff will be there to accompany your child and make sure they are safe during the entire trip.
This article includes information about travel requirements, documents, and your child’s journey from booking to arrival.
Air France Unaccompanied Minor Service
Before you decide to use Air France’s unaccompanied minor service, there are a few important things you should know:
- If a minor is traveling without an adult who is 18 years or older, they are considered to be traveling alone according to Air France’s policy.
- If the person accompanying the child is their mother, father, or legal guardian, they can be under 18 years old.
- If your child is traveling on the same airplane as you, but in a different section, they will be considered an unaccompanied minor.
- Children who are traveling alone will not be allowed to enter airport lounges because Air France is not able to provide constant supervision in those areas.
- In certain situations, Air France employees will accompany and take care of children with disabilities or limited mobility. Once you have booked your flight, make sure to contact the airlines to reserve the Saphir. This is a free service that helps passengers who have difficulty moving around.
- If a flight is delayed or canceled, children who are traveling alone will be given special attention and taken care of as a top priority. If your child needs to stay overnight, the Air France staff and customer service team will take good care of them.
According to Air France’s policy for unaccompanied minors, there are certain age restrictions based on the travel route and trip.
Travel Within France
|Within the metropolitan France area/To and from French territory*||Below 2 Years||Must be accompanied by an adult passenger at least 18 years of age|
|Within the metropolitan France area/To and from French territory*||2 to 4 years||Must be accompanied by an adult passenger at least 18 years of age|
|Within the metropolitan France area/To and from French territory*||5 to 11 years||If traveling alone, the UM service is mandatory|
|Within the metropolitan France area/To and from French territory*||12 to 17 years||UM service is available upon request but not mandatory|
|Unaccompanied Minor Age Requirements|
|International||Below 2 Years||Must be accompanied by an adult passenger at least 18 years of age|
|International||2 to 4 years||Must be accompanied by an adult passenger at least 18 years of age|
|International||5 to 14 years||If traveling alone, the UM service is mandatory|
|International||15 to 17 years||UM service is available upon request but not mandatory|
Step-by-Step Guide for Minor Traveling
Here is a simple guide for a child traveling alone, from booking their trip to taking a connecting flight. It includes information about the necessary travel documents, the check-in process, and more.
Book a Ticket
You can book a ticket for your child to travel alone on any flight that Air France operates or sells.
You can easily book travel for a child who is traveling alone by going to the airline’s website and selecting the number of children as passengers under the “passenger type” section. You can also book a ticket for your child if they are between 4 and 11 years old, live in France, and are traveling within France. Air France will charge a fee for children traveling alone. After you make the reservation, you need to fill out an online “minor without an adult” form.
You can book a trip for your child with the help of the airline’s customer service desk. Along with the ticket and the fee for a child traveling alone, there will be a handling fee of $25. After you’ve made your reservation, a representative from the airline will give you an “Air France unaccompanied minor form.” You have to fill out the form and send it to the company at least 24 hours before the flight is supposed to leave. Call the Air France reservation phone line to book a flight for a child who is not traveling with an adult.
According to Air France’s policy for unaccompanied minors, it’s best to check the entry and travel restrictions for kids by calling the right embassies or consulates when taking an international trip.
Minors of French Citizenship:
All French teens under 18 who are going alone must have a passport or national identity card. Children who aren’t with an adult must have a passport in their name.
All EU minors under the age of 18 who are going alone must have a personal ID like a passport. The kids can’t use their parents’ papers to go on trips.
Children who use Air France’s unaccompanied minor service must show permission to leave the country. Children who were born in Brazil need a Brazilian passport.
Unaccompanied Minor Check-in Policy
Air France will mail unaccompanied travelers a confirmation of their check-in 30 hours before their flight, which they will need to show at the check-in booth. On the day of your flight, you must be at the airport at least 60 minutes before foreign flights and 30 minutes before flights within the metropolitan area of France. Also, the ticket for the child will tell you when the limit is. Check the time you have to leave and arrive. On top of that –
- Any bags that your child can’t take on their own must be checked.
- The Air France staff will pick up your child at the check-in counter and take him or her to the plane at the planned time.
- The child’s parents or guardians who took him or her to the airport need to send an SMS message to confirm that the plane has taken off.
- If the flight is canceled, the child will be given back to you so that they can go on the next flight with you.
Please tell your child that he or she must stay in the same seat for the whole ride and until a staff member comes to get him or her. This is especially important for teens.
Air France’s policy for children who are traveling alone says that the child would get off the plane last. A member of the flight staff will go with the child to the person who is allowed to pick them up and the arrival area. The person who is supposed to pick up the passenger will get an SMS with the plane’s projected arrival time and will have to show a photo ID.
Air France’s policy says that a person who is allowed to pick up a child must be over the age of 18.
Unaccompanied Minor Fee and Cost
Air France’s policy on unaccompanied minors says that kids between the ages of 4 and 17 can ride alone for the following fee:
|Route||Age||Conditions||Unaccompanied Minor Cost [in USD]|
|Within the metropolitan France area/To and from French territory*||Below 2 Years||Not Permitted||Not applicable|
|Within the metropolitan France area/To and from French territory*||2 to 4 years||Not Permitted||Not applicable|
|Within the metropolitan France area/To and from French territory*||5 to 11 years||Permitted||45 for direct flight, 55 for connecting flight|
|Within the metropolitan France area/To and from French territory*||12 to 17 years||Optional, on request||45 for direct flight, 55 for connecting flight|
For International Travel
|Route||Age||Conditions||Unaccompanied minor Cost [in USD]|
|International||Below 2 Years||Not Permitted||Not applicable|
|International||2 to 4 years||Not Permitted||Not applicable|
|International||5 to 14 years||Permitted||55 for direct flights, 75 for connecting flights|
|International||15 to 17 years||Optional||55-85 for direct flights, 100 for connecting flights|
Air France’s policy for unaccompanied minors makes it easy for kids to travel because they are in charge of every step, from booking the trip to getting off the plane. But you have to pay a fee on top of the ticket if you want to use the Kids Solo service. With the single minor service, the airline promises that the child will always be cared for and given attention.