Unaccompanied minors - Conditions

Children traveling alone

Learn how minors can travel alone on board TAP. Find out about the conditions and see what is the most appropriate solution for you.

Unaccompanied Minors

The conditions for approval vary depending on the child's age.

  • TAP does not accept children from  3 months to 4 years of age  as unaccompanied minors. At the request of parents or guardians, the TAP can provide a wizard-date;
  • Minors who are under 2 years of age must always travel accompanied by an adult. Their adult companion must be at least 18 years old and be able to take care of the minor child throughout the trip, including check-in and border and customs formalities. If the infant is not traveling with an adult, the services of an Additional Assistant (ESHO) must be booked and paid for;
  • Minors between 2 and 4 years (inclusive) may be accompanied by another passenger aged between 12 and 15 years since the procedures of "unaccompanied minor" to be applied to both, otherwise it will have to be requested and paid for the service of an Additional Assistant (ESHO) for a child between 2 and 4 years;
  • A passenger 16 years of age or older can accompany a child between 5 and 11 years of age, provided that he/she is declared the companion for the entire trip, including the minor’s acceptance, check-in and getting though airport formalities;
  • Passengers from  5 to 11 years of age  who traveling alone are always considered to be Unaccompanied Minors;
  • When they are between 12 and 17 years of age  (inclusive) they may in special cases be registered as Unaccompanied Minors at the request of their parents or legal guardians;
  • It is also considered an unaccompanied minor child who travels in a different cabin class where travels the adult;
  • Wait list reservations are not accepted;
  • When an Unaccompanied Minor reservation is made and confirmed, TAP must be informed of the name and contact information (phone number and address) of the people who will be taking the child to the airport and picking him or her up on arrival.

Reservations and fares

When an Unaccompanied Minor reservation is made and confirmed, TAP must be informed of the name and contact information (phone number and address) of the people who will be taking the child to the airport and picking him or her up on arrival.

After requested and confirmed the reservation of the unaccompanied minor, it is mandatory to inform the TAP on the name and their contact details (phone and address) of the people who are going to take and get to the airport.

Reservations are not accepted on the waiting list

To book the ticket for an unaccompanied minor, will be added to the following rates:

Domestic flights  Europe and Morocco Intercontinental flights
€50 / 65 USD / 80 CAD €60 / 75 USD / 95 CAD €120 / 145 USD / 190 CAD

The fees apply as follows:

  • Children between 5 and 11 years old travelling alone;
  • For Unaccompanied Minor;
  • For one way*;
  • The young people between 12 and 17 years, if parents/guardians so wish are considered unaccompanied minors.

In the event of cancellation:

The UMNR** service will be refunded if canceled before departure of the flight.

* one-way Flight ticket or just back.
** Unaccompanied minors.

Additional assistant and flight fare

At the request of the child’s parents or legal guardians, TAP can provide a companion for minors between 3 months and 4 years of age (inclusive) traveling alone.

The assistant will occupy a seat, which must be purchased. In addition to paying for the child's companion, the child will also be charged an adult fare and rather than a children’s fare.

The one-way cost is based on the places of departure and arrival of the flight. For example, on a Funchal – Lisbon – London flight, if the child only needs a companion for the Funchal – Lisbon leg, the amount charged for the companion service will be the published Funchal – London rate, even though the companion will not travel on the Lisbon – London leg.

Prices and cancellation of the Additional Assistant:

  • The companion’s fare is the normal one-way economy  adult fare (only some fares without restrictions may be applicable).
  • The child or infant pays the full adult fare based on seating availability on the flight and the published fares.
  • There will be no airport charges for the additional assistant.
  • There is no refund if the minor is a no-show or the companion service is canceled less than four days before departure.

Legislation on minors

The entry and exit of minors in the Portugal must obey Portuguese rules and laws.

Foreign minors born in Portugal

These minors have the same residency status as that granted to either of their parents.

In order to apply for a residence permit, either parent must submit the application within six months following registration of the child’s birth.

Minors entering Portugal

Foreigners under 18 years of age must present a written travel authorization in order to enter Portugal. 
Foreign unaccompanied minors may only be allowed to enter the country if they present this document, duly validated, or if a legal representative is waiting for them in Portugal.

Minors leaving Portugal

Minors leaving Portugal not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian must present a legally certified authorization from their parents or legal guardians when they go through border control. 

Minors with Brazilian nationality

See the document of the National Council of Justice or the respective website, to find out everything you need for your underage son traveling in Brazil or abroad.

Authorization of minor:

  • Required for Brazilian minors with dual nationality residing outside Brazil;
  • It must be certified at a Brazilian Consulate. Certification of the signatures by a notary public or lawyer of the country of residence will not be accepted;
  • The same applies to minors with dual nationality traveling from Brazil to other countries, i.e. they must also present an authorization certified by a Brazilian Consulate according to the same rules.

Minors with Italian nationality

Children under the age of 14 and traveling with Italian passports cannot travel to or from Italy unaccompanied.

If accompanied by someone other than their parents or legal guardian, they must have their own passport and a properly completed “Dichiarazione di Accompagno” (PDF, IT, 0.4MB) form. This document must be signed in the presence of a police officer by both parents (or guardian).

This document is available at any local police station (Questura), but it is not available at the airport police station. If you reside in another country, you must obtain this form from the Italian embassy or consulate.