Cathay Pacific Unaccompanied Minor Policy

Cathay Pacific Unaccompanied Minor Policy – Children between the ages of 6 and 12 must sign up for the Cathay Pacific service unless they are accompanied by an adult rider who is at least 18 years old, according to the Cathay Pacific Unaccompanied Minor policy.

Cathay Pacific Unaccompanied Minor Policy

The Unaccompanied Minors service isn’t available on all flights; you’ll need to check with the airline to see if it’s available.

According to Cathay Pacific Unaccompanied Minor policy:

  • Unless they are accompanied by a person who is at least 18 years old, the Unaccompanied Minors service is mandatory for children between the ages of 6 and under 12.
  • Children between the ages of 12 and 18 can choose not to use the Unaccompanied Minors service.
  • Unless they are accompanied by a passenger who is at least 18 years old, children under the age of 6 will not be allowed.
  • At least 24 hours in advance, the Unaccompanied Minors service must be booked (either by phone or through a travel agent). Children who haven’t signed up ahead of time will not be allowed to come.
  • On trips with changes that last more than 5 hours, Unaccompanied Minors will not be allowed.
  • The airport from which connecting flights arrive and depart is crucial.
  • Unaccompanied Minors may check in earlier, but Cathay Pacific will not take responsibility for them until 90 minutes before departure.
  • There is an additional fee for Unaccompanied Minors of:
    • On flights between Hong Kong and Africa, North Africa, South Asia, Southwest Pacific, the Middle East, and Europe, USD 130/HKD 1,000 is in addition to the adult ticket price.
    • All other lines cost USD 65/HKD 500.

Remember that children aged 12 to 18 do not have to go to the service. Because of this, Cathay Pacific will treat your child like an adult guest if you don’t book the service. This means they won’t provide security service, help with flight transfers, or anything else, even if the flight is delayed.

How to Book the Unaccompanied Minor Service on Cathay Pacific

Book at least 24 hours before departure

It’s possible to book Cathay Pacific’s solo child service:

  • There is a toll-free line in the U.S. and Canada that you can call to make bookings. The Cathay Pacific Airlines office is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • By going through a travel agent

Remember

  • The service for Unaccompanied Minors can’t be booked online.
  • You must make your reservation at least 24 hours before you depart.
  • The following people must have their name, address, and cell phone number filled out when booking the service:
    • Your child’s ride to the airport with an adult
    • Upon arrival, the person who will greet your child
  • If your schedule includes flights that aren’t run by Cathay Pacific, call those airlines ahead of time to see if they accept Unaccompanied Minors.

Cathay Pacific Unaccompanied Minors: General Guidelines

Documentation for Unaccompanied Minors 

At the airport’s check-in desk, the parent or adult guardian must show the following papers and details:

  • A legal photo ID, like a passport, driver’s license, or something similar; the address should match what’s on the ID.
  • Number of the phone
  • Name, address, and phone number of the person who will pick up your child at the destination airport

Before traveling, you must check your paperwork, as some countries have additional requirements for minors who are not accompanied. Also, some flights might not let people under 18 travel alone, so make sure you check with the airline before traveling.

RESTRICTIONS

Unaccompanied Minors service won’t be available for use because:

  • If the schedule includes flights run by different airlines.
  • The connecting flight may not depart from the same airport.
  • If your booking has a travel time longer than 5 hours.

Before Flight

Ensure that you adhere to the country-specific requirements listed below:

  • Italy
  • The Philippines
  • Africa South
  • The United Arab Emirates
  • The United Kingdom
  • Ireland

Boarding and takeoff

  • The adult guardian or parent taking the child to the airport must:
    • Get to the airport check-in desk at least 90 minutes before the departure time.
    • Accompany the child to the departure gate and stay there until the flight departs.
  • Your child will be accompanied to the aircraft by a Cathay Pacific employee, who will also welcome them to the flight crew. The flight team will talk to your child about the safety measures of the plane.
  • A flight attendant will be seated next to your child in the aircraft.

Connecting flights

  • The travel time can’t be longer than 5 hours.
  • Your child will be taken to the next flight with you.
  • During the link time, a staff member will stay with your child.

During flight

  • The flight crew at Cathay Pacific will check on your child every so often.
  • Tell your child to:
    • Tell a flight worker what they need help with.
    • Always do what it says to do for safety.
    • After arrival, wait for a staff member to be led to the gate.

Arrival and pick-up

At the airport of arrival, the parent or adult guardian must:

  • Arrive at the airport well before the planned arrival time of the flight.
  • Show a valid ID.
  • At the gate, watch over your child.

Cathay Pacific Unaccompanied Minors Fee

The Cathay Pacific Unaccompanied Minors Service Fee consists of the cost of an adult’s ticket plus a one-way service fee of between USD 65 and USD 130, as listed below:

Cathay Pacific Unaccompanied Minors Fee—All Routes
Route—Hong Kong to/from: Unaccompanied Minor Fee (One-Way)
Europe USD 130/HKD 1000
Direct intercontinental flight USD 130/HKD 1000
South Asia, Middle East & Africa USD 130/HKD 1000
South West Pacific USD 130/HKD 1000
The Americas USD 130/HKD 1000
All other sectors USD 65/HKD 500

Country-specific Regulations for Cathay Pacific Unaccompanied Minor Policy

For Unaccompanied Minors and Children Travelling with Guardians, some countries have new rules. Because these rules can change at any time, make sure you know what they are ahead of time. You may also need to follow the health advice for your destination, such as requirements for vaccinations and medications.

  • Italy. Children under the age of 14 who are traveling outside of Italy must be accompanied by an adult:
    • Who is at least 18 years old.
    • Must have a visa on them.
    • Must have a statement sworn to by both parents or legal guardians and signed by them. It must be signed by the local police station (in Italy) or a consular office (abroad) and include the name of the airline the child is traveling on. Check out the EU page for more information.
  • The Philippines. Children under 15 who are not accompanied by a parent with the same last name and who are living in the Philippines must show proof of their link. Adults, family members, and friends with the same last name cannot be escorts.
    • If they are traveling without a parent, they must carry a Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG). Before traveling, the parent or legal guardian must contact a Philippine consular agent in their home country to get the paperwork they need.
  • South Africa. The following papers must be carried by Unaccompanied Minors:
    • Birth certificate or a legal paper showing your age (original or copy).
    • Parental permission from one or both parents, a court order, or something similar.
    • Passports or other acceptable forms of identification for one or both parents or legal guardians and the people the child will be living with, as well as residence permits or visas (if needed).
    • In South Africa, the child will stay with parents or formal guardians. Give their contact information like name, address, and phone number.
  • UAE. The following requirements must be met by Under-18 passengers traveling as Unaccompanied Minors to the United Arab Emirates:
    • If not accompanied by a parent who shares the same last name, must show proof of the link, like a birth certificate.
    • A written permission letter from the parent or legal guardian, as well as an affidavit or copy of the birth certificate, must be carried if accompanied by an adult person who is at least 18 years old.
    • Children between the ages of 6 and 18 who are traveling alone must be designated as Unaccompanied Minors for the duration of the trip.
  • The United Kingdom. Children under 16 who are traveling to the UK must have at least one of the following:
    • Written permission and proof of stay
      • From the parent or legal guardian, with telephone number
      • Information on where they will stay and how to reach them
    • Documentation for students
      • The student’s papers
      • Letter stating the name and contact information of the individual who will meet them upon arrival
  • Ireland. Children under the age of 18 who are traveling alone must have the following documents:
    • A written permission form signed by a parent or legal guardian, along with their contact information.
    • Copy of the acceptable ID of the parent or legal guardian.
    • Proof that the parent or guardian is related to the child.
    • The death record for your parent (if needed).
    • Give a full address where they will stay (if they don’t usually live in Ireland).
    • Competing contact information for the people they will stay with (if they don’t usually live in Ireland).

Additional paperwork to prove the connection may be required by Immigration if the child is traveling with an adult who has a different last name or who is not a parent or legal guardian. The other parent’s permission may be needed if the child is traveling with only one parent.

The following documents may be required if applicable:

  • To show that you care about the child: Adoption or birth certificate, papers for guardianship
  • Any proof that shows who the parent or guardian is
  • If the child’s last name is different, a marriage or divorce certificate
  • Death certificate for a parent who has died
  • A signed letter from a parent or guardian letting someone else go on the trip with the child (with contact information)
  • France. If they are traveling without a parent or legal guardian, children under 18 who are French citizens or residents must get permission to leave the country. They need to have a legal visa and a form called “permission to travel” or “authorization to leave the territory.” The form allowing the child to travel outside of France must be signed by a parent or legal guardian and must include a valid ID.

If you want to book the Cathay Pacific Unaccompanied Minors service over the phone, call now.
In the US and Canada, this number is toll-free and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

FAQs of Cathay Pacific Unaccompanied Minor Policy

Question 1: Does Cathay Pacific allow unaccompanied minors on its flights?

Answer: Yes, Cathay Pacific allows unaccompanied minors on select flights. 

Some important things to keep in mind:

– Children under the age of six must be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old.
– Children between the ages of six and twelve must use the Unaccompanied Minors service unless they are accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old.
– For children between the ages of 12 and 18, the Unaccompanied Minors service is not required.

Question 2: What about unaccompanied minors on Cathay Pacific international flights?

Answer: On Cathay Pacific’s foreign flights, unaccompanied children are welcome. The requirements of the country to which you are traveling must be met, though.

Question 3: How do I book the Cathay Pacific unaccompanied minor service?

Answer: You can book Cathay Pacific’s Unaccompanied Minors service by calling the company or your travel agent, or you can go to a ticket center. It is necessary to give the name, address, and cell phone number of the person who will be picking up and dropping off your child at the destination airport along with your booking information.

Question 4: When should I book the Cathay Pacific Unaccompanied Minor Service?

Answer: At least 24 hours before departure, you should book the Unaccompanied Minors service. Do not forget that the Unaccompanied Minors service is not available on all flights. You must check with the airline to see if the service is available and make sure all of your paperwork is full.

Question 5: What is Cathay Pacific’s unaccompanied minor fee?

Answer: Based on the trip, Cathay Pacific charges a service fee of USD 65 to USD 130. The service fee is USD 130 for flights between Hong Kong and North Africa, South Asia, the Middle East, the Southwest Pacific, and Africa. For all other lines, the fee is USD 65 or HKD 500.

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