Unaccompanied minors

We recognise that there are times when your child will take a journey without you, a school tour for example. However, they would still need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. Here’s everything you need to know.

Fastjet does not accept unaccompanied minors under the age of 12 years old.

Children under the age of 12 are regarded as a minor and may only travel if accompanied by a person aged 16 years of age or older who accepts responsibility for the minor

Children over 12 and under 16 years of age are considered young adults and may travel with written authorisation permitting them to travel without their parents or legal guardian/s. This letter or form can be collected from or certified by your local police station

See the Terms and Conditions for more information or contact the fastjet Call Centre.


Documentation needed to travel with fastjet

If you are unable to provide the required documentation you will not be allowed to board.


For domestic travel

  • A valid passport, birth certificate or National Identity document is considered proof of identification and is needed at check in. Without these documents, they will not be allowed to board.

  • A family book (Livret de Famille) is not considered acceptable identification for children/infants.


For international travel

  • A passport valid for a period of six (6) months from the date of departure including two blank pages.

  • A visa as may be required.

  • A machine-readable passport is required when travelling to South Africa. Please attain an individual biometric passport for each child before travel. A machine-readable passport has a series of numbers, letters and symbols at the bottom of the photo page.


Travelling to South Africa?

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

  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; and

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


Groups of children travelling

Fastjet will accept children aged 15 years or under in large groups (10 or more) with the following adult supervisor/guardian ratios. In these instances an adult is considered to be anyone aged 16 years or above.

  • From four (4) to 15 years of age there shall be one (1) adult supervisor/guardian to between 8-10 children (aircraft dependant)

  • From two (2) to under four (4) years of age there shall be one (1) adult supervisor/guardian to two (2) children


Safety of young travellers


Once a child has checked in, the parent/guardian remains responsible for the child's health, well-being and behaviour both when on the ground and on board the aircraft.  They also retain responsibility for the child in case of aircraft delays/changes.