Unaccompanied Minors

All children under 12 years of age travelling alone are considered unaccompanied minors.

Important Note:

To book a flight for a child aged under 12 travelling alone, please contact our Contact Center or your nearest TAP Office. This type of booking cannot be made online as it requires special procedures.

These new procedures for Unaccompanied Minors apply to all bookings made from 24 August 2015.


Additional escort

At the request of the child's parents or legal guardians, TAP can provide an escort for children aged from 3 months to 4 years (inclusive) travelling alone, at the request of their parents or legal guardians, under the following circumstances:

  • When booking, mention which language the child speaks.
  • Babies aged under 3 months will not be accepted. Minors must be accompanied to the airport and during check-in and customs formalities by their parents, legal guardians or someone authorised by them and stay at the airport until the flight departs. 
  • Minors must also have someone authorised by their parents or legal guardians waiting to meet them at their destination airport.
  • Parents or guardians are responsible for obtaining the necessary documentation for the minor's journey. They must fill in and sign an identifying document for the minor.
  • An Additional Escort (ESHO) can take care of more than one child, but only one baby.


  • The flight attendant will occupy a seat, which will be charged for. 
  • In addition to the cost of accompanying the child, the adult fare and not a child fare will be charged.
  • The cost is the one-way fare and is based on the place of departure and arrival of the flight. For example, on a Funchal - Lisbon - London flight, if the child only needs an escort for the Funchal - Lisbon leg, the fare charged for the flight attendant will be that for Funchal - London, even though she does not travel the Lisbon - London leg.

Fare for an additional escort

The normal adult one-way economy class fare applies to the Helper (only certain fares without restrictions will apply. For further information, please contact TAP.

The Child or Infant will pay the full adult fare, in accordance with the availability of seats on the flight and the published fares.

Airport charges will not be included for the additional escort. 


If the minor is a no-show or the additional escort is cancelled less than four days from departure, there will be no reimbursement.


Unaccompanied minors

  • TAP does not accept children aged from 3 months to 4 years as unaccompanied minors. TAP can provide an escort at the request of their parents or legal guardians. 
  • Children under the age of 2 years must always travel accompanied by an adult. The accompanying adult must be at least 18 and be able to take care of the baby during the entire flight, including the check-in and security formalities. The Additional Escort (ESHO) service must be booked and paid for if the baby is not travelling with an adult.
  • Children aged from 2 to 4 years (inclusive) may be accompanied by another passenger aged between 12 and 15 years provided the Unaccompanied Minor procedures are followed for both, otherwise the Additional Escort (ESHO) service will have to be booked and paid for in respect of the child aged between 2 and 4.
  • A passenger who is at least 16 years old can accompany a child aged between 5 and 11, on the condition that his or her capacity as an escort is declared for the entire journey, including acceptance, check-in and airport formalities.
  • Passengers from 5 to 11 years of age travelling alone are always considered unaccompanied minors. 
  • Minors aged from 12 to 17 years inclusive can exceptionally be registered as unaccompanied minors at the request of their parents or legal guardians.
  • Children travelling in a different cabin class from the adult are also considered to be Unaccompanied Minors.
  • Waiting list bookings are not accepted.
  • When making or confirming a unaccompanied minor request, you will be required to give TAP the name and contact details (phone number and address) of the people who will be taking the child to the airport and picking him or her up on arrival.


Domestic, Europe, Morocco and Algeria Intercontinental Flights
EUR 50 EUR 100

These charges are as follows:

  • For children aged between 5 and 11 years inclusive travelling alone.
  • Per unaccompanied minor.
  • Per one-way (per direction when on TP flights).
  • Young people aged 12 to 17 years, if requested by their parents or guardians.


This service will be refunded if canceled prior to departure.


Legislation on minors

Minors born in Portugal

Minors born in Portugal have the same resident status as either of their parents.

In order to apply for a residence permit, either parent must submit the application in the six months following the child's birth.

Minors entering Portugal

In order to enter Portugal, foreigners aged under 18 years must have a written permission to travel. If they do not have it and if someone is waiting for them in Portugal, the minors only will enter after that confirmation.

Minors leaving Portugal

Minors leaving Portugal not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian must show legally certified authorisation from their parents or legal guardians at border control. 

NOTE: Unaccompanied minors (UMNRs) are not accepted for travel from Lisbon to Funchal (and vice-versa) on international flights continuing on to or returning from Caracas.

Minors with Brazilian citizenship

Please read the document issued by the National Council of Justice (CNJ) (PDF, 1MB, PT) or visit the CNJ website to find out all you need to know about your minor child travelling in Brazil or abroad.


  • Brazilian minors with dual citizenship who reside outside of Brazil need a Minor Child Travel Consent.
  • The Minor Child Travel Consent form for a child travelling to Brazil must be recognised at a Brazilian consulate; recognition of signatures by a notary public or lawyer is not sufficient.
  • A Minor Child Travel Consent form is also required for minor children with dual citizenship who travel from Brazil to other parts of the world.
  • If the minor resides outside of Brazil, the document must be recognised at a Brazilian consulate; recognition of signatures by a notary public or lawyer from the country of residence is not sufficient.


More information at Immigration and Borders Service official website