Travelling with children

All the do’s and don’ts about flying with infants and children can be found here.

Rules for travel with infants

 

  • Infants under two (2) weeks of age are not allowed to fly.

  • No more than one (1) infant per adult is allowed.

  • The infant must be secured on the lap of an accompanying adult using an infant/extension seat belt during take-off, landing, taxi and any other time when the seat belt signs are switched on during the flight.

  • Infant/child car seats are not allowed to be used on board. The infant/child car seat will be tagged at check-in and handed over with your checked baggage items.

  • For safety reasons, seating at restricted or emergency exits are not available for purchase by an adult travelling with an infant.

  • Crew members cannot assist with nappy changes or carrying an infant up and down the aircraft cabin.

  • Infants must travel with a birth certificate and/or passport.

 

Rules for travel with children (2 to 11 years of age) and young adults (12 to 15 years of age)

  • Children and young adults under the age of 16 years cannot be seated in a restricted seat.
  • Children must be seated in the same row or separated by no more than one seat row from the accompanying adult.
  • Children are always the responsibility of the accompanying adult.
  • Crew members can assist with monitoring a child momentarily, but only while the adult visits the bathroom inflight.
  • Young adults (12 to 15 years) may travel unaccompanied.
  • We do not limit the number of young people who travel with us.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult (over 16 years of age) who will accept responsibility for the minor child.
  • Children and young adults travelling on an international flight must be in possession of a valid passport and required travel and health documents.
  • Children and young adults travelling on a domestic flight must have either a birth certificate, National Identity card or passport. an ID card or passport. A Family Book (Livret de Famille is not sufficient ID for a child/infant.

 

Baggage allowance

If you are travelling with an infant, you may take a small bag containing immediate use items as an addition to their hand luggage allowance.

 

Stroller/Pram and Infant/Child Car Seat

We allow you to carry a baby stroller/pram or infant/child car seat per infant or child free of charge. It will need to be tagged at check-in.  

The continuous use of the stroller/pram is permitted until the boarding gate, where it will be taken away from you to be placed safely in the aircraft hold. Upon arrival at the destination the item may be collected at the aircraft steps. Alternatively, you may hand over the item at check-in, if this option is preferred you will collect the stroller/pram from the allocated baggage carousel on arrival at your destination airport.

Infant/child car seats will be handed over with your checked baggage and collected from the allocated baggage carousel on arrival at your destination airport.

For safety reasons no item may exceed 32 kg or the maximum dimensions prescribed for checked baggage allowance.

 

Travelling to South Africa? Here is what you need to know.
 

You will need to bring a valid yellow fever certificate, your passport, as well as the following documentation for your child.

 

One parent travelling with a child must bring

  1. An unabridged birth certificate of the child. 

  2. Consent in the form of an affidavit from the other parent registered as a parent on the birth certificate of the child authorising him or her to enter into or depart from the Republic with the child he or she is travelling with.

  3. A court order granting full parental responsibilities and rights or legal guardianship in respect of the child, if he or she is the parent or legal guardian of the child; or

  4. Where applicable, a death certificate of the other parent registered as a parent of the child on the birth certificate; Provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is travelling with a relative or another person related to him or her or his or her parents, approve such a person to enter into or depart from the Republic with such a child.

An adult travelling with a child who is not his/her biological child must bring

  1. A copy of the unabridged birth certificate of the child.

  2. An affidavit from the parents or legal guardian of the child confirming that he or she has permission to travel with the child.

  3. Copies of the identity documents or passports of the parents or legal guardian of the child; and

  4. The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child, Provided that the Director-General may, where the parents of the child are both deceased and the child is travelling with a relative or another person related to him or her or his or her parents, approve such a person to enter into or depart from the Republic with such a child.

 

An unaccompanied minor

  1. Proof of consent from one of or both his or her parents or legal guardian, as the case may be, in the form of a letter or affidavit for the child to travel into or depart from the Republic: Provided that in the case where one parent provides proof of consent, that parent must also provide a copy of a court order issued to him or her in terms of which he or she has been granted full parental responsibilities and rights in respect of the child.

  2. A letter from the person who is to receive the child in the Republic, containing his or her residential address and contact details in the Republic where the child will be residing.

  3. A copy of the identity document or valid passport and visa or permanent residence permit of the person who is to receive the child in the Republic.

  4. The contact details of the parents or legal guardian of the child.