Important information

Children & young people aged between 12-16 (up to and including the day before their 17th birthday) will be able to travel alone without restrictions and are not classed as unaccompanied minors.

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We won't be able to accept your child if:

  • They aren't checked in by a parent or legal guardian
  • They won't be collected directly by a parent or guardian upon arrival
  • They will be connecting from or onto another flight NOT operated by Virgin Atlantic
  • The transit time between connections is over four hours if the flight includes a stop-over or if there are inter-airport connections by road or rail such as between Gatwick or Heathrow.

Children travelling alone in Upper Class cannot use shared lounges, Clubhouses, or the limo service.

  • In line with guidance from IATA and with safety as our top priority, children under 12 with an underlying medical condition or who are allergy-sensitive must be accompanied by a safety assistant.
  • Safety assistants must be over the age of 16.
  • The safety assistant must be able to provide whatever assistance the child would need, such as administering medication. 
  • Children between 12 and 16 must be able to recognise their own symptoms and administer any required medication/treatment, or travel with a safety assistant who can assist them. 

Since 1 June 2016, the South African immigration department have changed the requirements for children under 18 years of age travelling into, out of or transitting through South Africa, with or without a parent or guardian. Please make sure you have all the correct paperwork:

South African requirements for children travelling alone