Can I travel alone if I am under 16 years?

Unaccompanied Minors –a child traveling without an adult

Each Airline has a different policy on ‘Unaccompanied Minors’.

A ‘Minor’ is typically a young person under the age of 16.  Most Airlines will allow a young person aged between 12 and 16 to fly alone.  Others may stipulate that they must use their escort services which will be charged.

If the child has an escort, this means that they will be met at the Registration Desk and looked after until they are met by a Future Foundations Representative in the UK (and the same for the return journey).

If the child is allowed to travel to the UK without an adult (someone over the age of 18) by the airline, they will be treated as an ‘unaccompanied minor’ or a ‘UM’.

The parent or guardian will need to provide some or all of the following to the airline:

  • their written consent for travel to the UK;
  • their full contact details;
  • evidence that suitable living arrangements have been made for the stay in the UK;
  • the name and date of birth of the intended carer (a Future Foundations Representative);
  • address where they will be living;
  • authority from parent(s) or legal guardian allowing Future Foundations to care for you during your stay in the UK; and
  • A letter from Future Foundations to include details of the programme.