In a number of countries specific entry and exit requirements apply to children who are travelling alone or who are only accompanied by one parent or guardian or by someone who is neither a parent nor a legal guardian.
Travel from UK
Air Passenger Duty* (APD) for children and youth
UK Air Passenger Duty has been abolished for children aged 2 to 11 years when travelling in economy class, on all flights departing from UK airports on or after 1 May 2015. The Lufthansa booking system has already been updated with this information and no Air Passenger Duty will be charged. If you have booked a ticket already on LH.com for your child, kindly contact your
Lufthansa Service Center for refunding the APD tax.
In addition to this, UK Air Passenger Duty has been abolished for young persons aged between 12 and 15 years when travelling in economy class, on all flights departing the UK on or after 1 March 2016. Lufthansa is currently in the process of updating the systems so that the website in the future will display the correct APD for young persons aged 12 to 15 years travelling in economy class from the 1 March 2016 onwards. While Lufthansa is working on the system, please call your
Lufthansa Service Center when making an economy class booking for young passengers aged 12 to 15 years for travel 1 March 2016.
Air Passenger Duty still applies to all bookings in Premium Economy Class, Business Class and First Class.
If you have made a booking or a ticket has been issued by a travel agent, you will need to contact that travel agent.
*The Air Passenger Duty is a UK Government tax levied on air travel from UK airports.
Travel from Italy
Children under 14 years of age who are travelling from an Italian airport on an Italian passport must carry a written declaration of consent with them which authorises their temporary care. This applies if the children are travelling alone or are accompanied by persons who are not their parents or legal guardians.
Such an official declaration of consent can be issued at any police station – with the exception of the airport police. If no written declaration of consent for temporary care of the child is produced, the child may be refused boarding.
You will find further information on the homepage of the official website of the ‘Polizia di Stato’, the Italian National Police (in Italian only).
Travel from the USA and Canada
Children and teenagers under the age of 18 travelling to/from an airport in the USA, and under the age of 19 travelling to/from an airport in Canada, require a notarized consent letter from their parents or legal guardians. If a child or teenager is travelling with only one parent or guardian the notarized consent letter from the parent/guardian who is not travelling with them is required. If a parent/legal guardian has sole custody, then proof of sole custody must be presented.
Children and teenagers who cannot produce proper consent letters may be refused boarding.
Please contact the nearest Consulate of the country to which you are traveling for information regarding additional documents that may be required. Further information is also available at travel.state.gov for the United States and travel.gc.ca for Canada.
Travel from Romania
Minors - Romanian nationals - under 18 years of age, holding a Romanian passport or Romanian ID card (for travel within EU)
- travelling alone from a Romanian airport, must carry a written, officially authorized declaration of consent for travel from parent(s) or legal guardian(s), issued by a notary. This also applies if the children are travelling accompanied by adults other than parents or legal guardians. On request, “unaccompanied minors service” may be provided by the airline.
- travelling from a Romanian airport accompanied only by one of their parents, should be holding an officially authorized (issued by a notary) declaration of consent for travel from the other parent.
- The official declaration of consent issued by a notary should be authorized before the date of departure, it cannot be authorized or issued by the airport border police.
The minor passenger may be refused boarding if the required paperwork is not provided before embarkation. For detailed information please contact the LH Service Center Romania.
You may find further information at www.politiadefrontiera.ro (Conditii de calatorie -> Minori) or calling the Bucharest Border Police local number + 40 21 9590.
Travel from Moldova
Minors – Moldova nationals - under 18 years of age, holding a passport issued by the Republic of Moldova may travel ex Moldova only accompanied by adults – their parent(s) or legal guardian(s).
Under special conditions, minors travelling to/from place of study may be accepted on board flights departing from Moldova, after mandatory written consent is provided. There is no possibility to grant travel authorization on departure, at the airport.
Important: the minor may be refused boarding if the required paperwork is not provided to responsible authorities. For detailed information please contact the LH Service Center Moldova.
You may find further information at http://www.airport.md/children-en/