Domestic and international flight requirements for Minors on Philippine Airlines

Per Philippine Airlines’ Unaccompanied Minors (UM) policy, children between 8 – 11 years of age are allowed to travel alone as Unaccompanied Minors—both on PAL flights and PAL Express domestic flights. For children between 12 and 17 years (inclusive), the service is optional. 

The international and domestic flight requirements for minors travelling alone (Young Passengers Travelling Alone, YPTA) on Philippine Airlines are as follows:

  • Eligibility
    • Children between 8 – 11 years (inclusive) can only travel alone as Unaccompanied Minors on international and domestic (PAL Express) flights after booking the service—this is mandatory. 
    • For children between 12 – 17 years (inclusive), the service is optional. 
    • Children below 8 years cannot travel alone or as Unaccompanied Minors—they must be accompanied in the same cabin by a passenger who is at least 18 years old.  
  • The Unaccompanied Minor’s parent or adult guardian must complete and submit the Unaccompanied Minor (UM) handling advice form before the travel date. 
  • Country Regulations 
    • Philippine passport holders require an Authority to Travel clearance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to travel on international flights.
    • Non-Philippine passport holders may require exit clearance for which they should check with their embassies.
    • Unaccompanied minors traveling domestically to and from Davao are not permitted to travel alone without clearance from the Punong Barangay or from the City Social Services and Development Office, City of Davao.
  • At the Departure, Stopover, and Arrival Airports 
    • The Unaccompanied Minor’s parent or adult guardian must accompany the child to the airport. 
    • The child will be provided the following at the departure airport: 
      • An Unaccompanied Minor badge. 
      • An envelope containing the child’s travel documents.
    • The Unaccompanied Minor must be met: 
      • At the stopover point by the person designated in the Unaccompanied Minor (UM) Form. 
      • At the arrival airport by the person designated in the Unaccompanied Minor (UM) Form.
  • Unaccompanied Minors Fare and Service Fee 
    • Unaccompanied Minors will be charged the full fare plus a service fee.
    • The Unaccompanied Minors service fee is as follows:
      • Between Manila and the United States/Canada/London USD 100
      • Between the Philippines and: 
        • Asia/Port Moresby/Guam USD 50
        • The UAE/Saudi Arabia/Qatar/Kuwait USD 75
        • Australia/New Zealand USD 70
      • Within the Philippines PHP 500
    • The Unaccompanied Minor Service Fee (UMSF) is charged on a per-sector basis and must be paid upon the ticket’s issuance. 
    • Partially issued tickets will be reissued to reflect the full fare and subject to additional fares and taxes over and above the service fee.
    • Is the Unaccompanied Minors service fee refundable on Philippine Airlines?

Yes, the Unaccompanied Minor Service Fee (UMSF) can be refunded if:

  • The passenger does not want to take the flight. 
  • An adult is ready to accompany the child on the trip.
  • The Unaccompanied Minor rebooks the flight and turns 12 years on the date of the new flight. 
  • The flight is disrupted or canceled. 
Forms Required Documents Required 
Unaccompanied Minor (UM) handling advice formMay include:Passport Visa Re-entry permit Exit clearance for foreign nationalsHealth documents Other documentation required by the destination country

Reservations, Inquiries and Information 

  • Call or the local PAL office in your country 
  • Email: supportrofs@dswd.gov.ph

Frequently Asked Questions on Philippine Airlines

Philippine Airlines accepts reservations for unaccompanied minors between 8-11 years after you (i.e., the parent/adult legal guardian):

  1. Purchase a full ticket and pay the fee.
  2. Fill out and submit the Unaccompanied Minor (UM) handling advice form.

On domestic and international flights, children between 8 and 11 years (inclusive) are allowed to travel alone only if they book the Unaccompanied Minors service. Children below 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult passenger who is at least 18 years old—they will not be allowed to travel as Unaccompanied Minors. For children between 12 – 17, the service is optional. If they do 

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  • Fevie rose taneza says:

    Hi i have quiry, i want to book for my daughter’s ticket bound to dubai from philippines we are planning to book for unaccompanied minor. She is 10years old is it posible she can travel alone but we will pay for fees for unaccompanied minor in your airlines?? Is it possible dswd will give us clearance to travel?? Both parents are here in dubai. Can you please advice me what i need to do for my daughter its a big help thank you please responce on my email

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