Turkish Airlines Unaccompanied Minors Policy

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Turkish Airlines offers 2 types of services for children travelling alone: Turkish Airlines Unaccompanied Minor Service and Escort Service.

  • Unaccompanied Minor Service 
    • Children between 7 and below 12 years must either travel with an adult passenger who is at least 18 years old or be booked as Unaccompanied Minors with Turkish Airlines. 
    • The flight attendant will supervise the unattended child passenger.
    • Unaccompanied minors will not be accepted on connecting flights (domestic or international) unless accompanied by a parent, first-degree relative, or guardian.
    • AnadoluJet flights charge an additional service fee for unaccompanied child passengers.
  • Escort Service/Travel Companion 
    • Children between 2 and below 7 years who do not have an adult guardian to accompany them can be assigned a travel companion/escort for a fee—they cannot travel alone. 
    • A travel companion will be assigned to supervise them and travel with the child.  

How to Book the Escort/Travel Companion Service for Children 

You must book the Escort Service 48 hours (or more) prior to your flight’s departure. 

  • The service can be booked for children between 2 and below 7 years. 
  • The service is mandatory for them—they cannot travel alone.
  • The child will be escorted by a responsible adult travel companion throughout the journey.
  • You must pay for your child’s ticket plus all the costs relating to the travel companion. 
  • The parent or legal adult guardian must accompany the child to the airport and hand her/him over into the care of a Turkish Airlines customer service agent. They must carry a notarized document stating that they are authorized to hand over the child passenger.
  • Documentation 

The parent/adult guardian must sign a child carriage form and provide the following documents and information at the airport’s check-in desk:

  • A valid photo ID, such as a passport, license, etc.
  • Address as it appears on the ID 
  • Phone number 
  • Name, address, and phone number of the parent or adult who will meet the child at the destination airport 
  • During the flight
    • Turkish Airlines escort/travel companion travel with you child. 
    • The escort will check on your child from time to time to ensure that he/she feels secure and comfortable. 
    • Provide assistance during the flight.
    • Ensure that your child follows the safety instructions.
  • Arrival and pickup
    At the arrival airport:
    • The travel companion will:
      • Escort your child to the gate after landing.
      • Hand over your child to the parent or adult guardian designated to meet your child. 
    • The parent or designated adult guardian must:
      • Reach the airport at least 2 hours before the flight’s scheduled arrival.
      • Carry a valid ID (with signature).
      • Obtain a gate pass.
      • Meet your child at the gate.

How to Book Your Child For Turkish Airlines Unaccompanied Minor Service

Turkish Airlines’ Unaccompanied Minor Service is available for children between 7 and under 12 years of age. 

  • The Unaccompanied Minors service is mandatory for children in this age group—they cannot travel alone.
  • You must pay for your child’s ticket plus an Unaccompanied Minors service fee.
  • Conditions of acceptance 
    • All flights in the itinerary must be confirmed. 
    • Unaccompanied minors can only travel on direct flights. 
  • The parent or legal adult guardian must reach the airport’s check-in counter with the child at least 2 hours before departure and complete all the required documentation. 
  • Documentation 
    • The parent/adult guardian must complete and sign an Turkish Airlines Unaccompanied Minor Authorization Form at the airport. 
    • The parent/adult guardian must provide the following documents and information at the time of checking in:
  • A valid photo ID, such as a passport, license, etc.
  • Address as it appears on the ID 
  • Phone number 
  • Name, address, and phone number of the parent or adult who will meet the child at the destination airport 
  • Boarding and takeoff
    • The parent/adult guardian must: 
      • Bring the child to the departure gate.
      • Remain there until the flight has departed.
    • A Turkish Airlines staff member will escort your child to the aircraft.
    • Your child will be seated comfortably near the cabin crew. 
    • If you have any questions, call +1-844-902-2949 for assistance. 
  • Destination airport 
    • The parent/adult guardian must: 
      • Be at the airport before the flight lands. 
      • Carry their identification papers.
      • Obtain a gate pass and proceed to the gate.
      • Sign a note of acknowledgment after receiving your child. 

Note: In case connecting flights are required (domestic or international), Unaccompanied Minors between 7 and 12 years of age will be allowed to travel only if they are accompanied by a parent, first-degree relative, or guardian.

If you have any doubts, call +1-844-902-2949 for assistance. 


Frequently Asked Questions on Turkish Airlines Unaccompanied Minors

Yes, Turkish Airlines accepts unaccompanied minors on international and domestic flights. A few important things to remember: 

  • Children between 2–7 years of age must either be accompanied by an 18-plus-year old adult or booked under the Escort/Travel Companion Service. 
  • Children between 7 and under 12 years of age travelling alone must be booked under Turkish Airlines’ Unaccompanied Minor service—they cannot travel alone. 
  • Unaccompanied Minors between 7 and under 12 will only be accepted on direct flights.

Unaccompanied minors are accepted on Turkish Airlines international flights also.

Turkish Airlines offers 2 types of services for children travelling alone: Escort Service and Unaccompanied Minor Service

The Escort Service/Travel Companion service is available for children between 2 and below 7 years who do not have an adult guardian to accompany. The travel companion will be assigned to supervise them and travel with the child. This is a paid service, and includes the cost of your child’s ticket plus all the costs relating to the travel companion.

The service for Unaccompanied Minors is available for 7 – 12-year-old children who are travelling alone. The service is mandatory for children in this age group. To book the service, you must pay for your child’s ticket plus an Unaccompanied Minors service fee (which depends on the fare class and flight route).

You can book an Unaccompanied Minor on Turkish Airlines by calling +1-844-902-2949 or at the airport. However, if you want to book the Escort/Travel Companion Service for children between 2 and under 7 years of age, you must do it at least 48 hours before your flight’s departure. 

The adult accompanying the child to the airport must carry a notarized document stating that they are authorized to hand over the child passenger, along with valid ID papers, address, mobile phone number of the person who will be picking up the child from the airport.

You should book the Unaccompanied Minor service on Turkish Airlines at least 24 hours before your flight’s departure. Although this is not mandatory, it will ensure that your paperwork is in order, as you will be required to carry a notarized document stating that you are authorized to hand over your child at the airport. However, if you want to book the Escort/Travel Companion Service, you must do it at a minimum of 48 hours prior to departure.

Yes, the unaccompanied minor service is mandatory for children between 7 and under 12 flying on Turkish Airlines, unless they are accompanied by a parent, relative, or legal guardian aged 18 or above.

If your child’s itinerary on Turkish Airlines includes a connecting flight (domestic or international) and your child is between 7 and 12 years of age, she/he must be accompanied by a parent, first-degree relative, or guardian who is at least 18 years old.

Turkish Airlines charges a service fee depending on the flight route and fare class in addition to an adult ticket fare for the child. To book your child or learn more, call +1-844-902-2949.

Yes, children between 2 and under 7 years must be booked under Escort/Travel Companion service if they are travelling alone. Unaccompanied Minors between 7–12 years cannot travel alone–they must be booked under the Unaccompanied Minors service. Also, they will not be accepted on connecting flights—they must be accompanied by a parent, first-degree relative, or adult guardian who is at least 18 years old.


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