According to Asiana Airlines’ Unaccompanied Minors Policy, children can travel as unaccompanied minors (UMs):
- On international flights, if they are between 5 to 11 years old.
- On domestic flights within South Korea, if they are between 5 to 12 years old.
On international flights, children between 12 – 16 years old are allowed to travel without a supervisor under the Young Passenger Traveling Alone (YPTA) service. This service is available only on international flights and not on domestic flights within South Korea.
Reservations for unaccompanied minors must be made at least 24 hours before departure through an Asiana Airlines Reservation center (not online).
Asiana Airlines Unaccompanied Minor/YPTA Service
- Step 1. Apply for the UM/YPTA Service
- Call +1-866-399-0587 or your local Asiana Reservation Center at least 24 hours before departure to receive confirmation.
- Provide the contact details of the adult guardian who will:
- Drop the child at the departure airport.
- Pick up the child at the arrival airport.
- Step 2. Fill Out the UM/YPTA Application Form
- Download UM/YPTA Application Form.
- Step 3. Submit the UM/YPTA Application Form
- Submit 4 copies of the UM/YPTA Application Form at the departure city’s airport check-in counter.
On the Day of Travel
- The unaccompanied minor must be escorted to the departure airport’s check-in counter by an adult guardian (along with the UM/YPTA application form and the travel documents).
- An Asiana staff member will accompany the child from the check-in counter to the aircraft’s boarding point at the departure city.
- Asiana’s flight attendants will look after the UM/YPTA inside the aircraft.
- After arrival, an Asiana Airlines staff member will:
- Escort the child from the aircraft.
- Guide the child through immigration and baggage claim.
- Hand over the child to the designated guardian.
Guidelines for Unaccompanied Minors (UM)/YPTA
- The unaccompanied minor/young passenger must be:
- Escorted to the departure airport’s check-in counter by the parent/adult guardian.
- Received at the arrival airport by the designated adult guardian.
- You must apply for the UM/YPTA service at least 24 hours before departure.
- If you don’t apply for the UM/YPTA service in advance and apply for it on the day of departure, the child may not be allowed to travel.
- All documents—such as travel application, guardian pledge, etc.—must be in place.
- The UM service is available in segments directly operated by Asiana Airlines.
- In the interests of your child’s safety, the UM service is provided only if the transfer time does not exceed 6 hours.
Asiana Airlines Unaccompanied Minor Fees
The unaccompanied minor fees charged by Asiana Airlines are:
- Zero on domestic flights. They’re 100% of the normal adult fare on domestic flights.
- 100% of the adult fare plus USD 150 per service segment on international flights
(or payment of 15,000 miles).
For more information on unaccompanied minor fees, call +1-866-399-0587 or the Asiana Airlines reservation center in your area.
Asiana Airlines Unaccompanied Minors Policy for the Philippines
Unaccompanied minors under the age of 15 years travelling to the Philippines who are not accompanied by at least one parent must pay the fees per the Waiver of Exclusion Ground (WEG) required by the Philippines’ judicial authorities and carry the following documents:
- A round-trip flight ticket
- A copy of guardian’s passport
- Parent Consent Form (notarized and in English)
- Resident registration card (in English)
- WEG application and fees
(To be filled out after entering the country)
- No additional documents are required if an under-15 child is traveling with the father having the same last name.
- If an under-15 child is traveling with the mother and not the father, he/she must carry documents proving that they are from the same family. The resident registration indicating the relationship can be substituted with an English copy or by carrying a notarized copy of the family relationship certificate.
- The WEG is not required and the child can enter the country with a visa if the child is carrying:
- An Immigrant Visa, i.e., Quota Immigration Visa/13(a) Non-Immigration Visa/13(e) Returning Resident Visa/TRV (Temporary Resident Visa).
- Special Resident Visa, i.e., Special Investor’s Resident Visa (SIRV)/Special Visa for Employment Generation (SVEG)/Special Resident Retiree’s Visa (SRRV).
- Special Non-Immigrant Visa, i.e., 47(a)(2) Special Non-Immigrant Visa (PEZA).
- Work Visa, i.e., 9(g) or Pre-arranged Employment Visa/9(d)/Treaty Traders Visa47(a)(2) Special Non-Immigrant Visa (PEZA).
For additional information, refer to:
- The Philippines Embassy’s website in Korea
- The immigration website of the Philippines
- The Consent form for unaccompanied minors under 15
Asiana Airlines Unaccompanied Minors Policy for Saipan
- Unaccompanied minors below 18 years travelling to Saipan, or travelling with a guardian other than a parent, must carry a notarized parental consent form (in English).
- Unaccompanied minors not carrying the notarized parental consent form may be denied boarding or prevented from entering the country.
- For more information, refer to:
- The U.S. Customer and Border Protection (CBP) website
- Get in touch with the United States embassy/consulate
Asiana Airlines Unaccompanied Minors Policy for Vietnam
It is mandatory for unaccompanied minors under 14 years of age to book the Unaccompanied Minor service if they are travelling without a parent or an adult guardian.