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Lufthansa Unaccompanied minor policy offers the very special support to the children between the ages of 5 and 11 years travelling alone. There are certain regulations and conditions that you need to know before booking the flight. 

In this post, we will cover all the rules and requirements for the minors flying alone, the fee associated with their travel, the documents requirements and much more.


Lufthansa Rules For Unaccompanied Minors

As per the Lufthansa Unaccompanied minor policy, children between the ages of 5 and 11 years can travel alone using the unaccompanied minor service. Before booking a child flight for your minor, here are some things that you should know – 

  • Unaccompanied children must have all of the documents handy  in both the city of origin and the city of destination. 
  • Unaccompanied minor service is not available for connecting flights if he/she is booked on the final flight schedule. The exception would be applied if the scheduled flight is the only flight available from the departure or connecting point. 
  • Minors travelling alone are not allowed to travel with pets. 
  • For safety and security of children, the airline limits the requirement to 10 seats on each flight.
  • Lufthansa will not accept the unaccompanied minors if weather or other factors are likely to interrupt the travel.
  • The guardian will be asked to approve rebooking in the event of an unforeseen travel interruption.
  •  At the time of travel if the child becomes seriously ill, medical personnel will be contacted. 
  • Unaccompanied minors suffering from a special medical condition will not be permitted unless they provide a doctor consent form authorizing the travel. 
  • The airline will not be in charge or personal medication of the child passenger. 
  • Person who would be escorting the child must produce a valid photo ID to validate he/she is the same person as identified on the form.

Age Restrictions for Unaccompanied Minors

As per the Lufthansa unaccompanied minor policy, passengers aged between 5 and 11 years who are not travelling with someone who is at least 12 years old are considered as ‘unaccompanied minors’.

Parents can reserve the minor service for their children travelling alone from the age of 12 to a maximum of 17 years. This guarantees that the youngster is supported, particularly if their flight is disrupted, such as by a delay or cancellation.

Here are the conditions of travelling for unaccompanied minors with Lufthansa Airlines for the following age groups – 

  • Under the age of 5 years – Not allowed to travel as unaccompanied minors.
  • Between 5 to 11 years old – It is mandatory to avail the Lufthansa unaccompanied minor service
  • Between 12 and 17 years old – It is optional for parents/guardians to book their child’s flight under the unaccompanied minor service.

Guidelines for Lufthansa Unaccompanied Minors

Here is the practical checklist and requirement from the Lufthansa Airlines. It will help you and the unaccompanied minor making their journey on their own as well prepared as possible.

Booking a Flight for Unaccompanied Minor

Unaccompanied minors flight tickets can only be purchased by calling the customer service number or by airline’s ticket counter. You must book at least 24 hours before your departure to ensure that you receive the Lufthansa unaccompanied minor service.

  • It is recommended that you pay the Lufthansa unaccompanied minor fee at the time of booking. However you can also pay the fee up to 24 hours before the scheduled departure.
  • You can order a seat and/or a special children’s meal up to 24 hours before departure.
  • Parents/guardians need to provide contact details so Lufthansa can notify in case of any flight disruption.
  • After you retrieve your booking online, it is essential to update your via ‘Lufthansa Manage Booking’ section.
  • Simply go to the passenger’s section, and click on ‘Edit Contact Details’ to update your number and the email address.

Check-in for Unaccompanied Minors

Complete the check-in for your unaccompanied minor online via lufthansa.com or by calling the Lufthansa customer service starting 23 hours before the scheduled departure.

Alternatively, you can complete Lufthansa check-in  for the unaccompanied minor at the airport desk at least 2 hours before the scheduled departure.

Note : Parents/guardians need to stay at the airport until the child’s aircraft has taken off. This assures that if the flight is cancelled at the last minute, you will be able to reclaim custody of your child.

Required Travel Documents

As per the Lufthansa unaccompanied minor policy, you need to bring the following documents at the time of check-in – z

  • Boarding pass.
  • A print out of e-ticket or booking confirmation.
  • Receipt for the fee.
  • Duplicate copy of completed Lufthansa unaccompanied minor form
  • A valid ID card or child’s passport
  • All the documents related to travel such as visa, vaccination, and birth certificate.
  • A valid photo ID card of the person who is escorting the minor to check-in

Carry-on Baggage Allowance

A child should be able to carry the hand luggage comfortably and the weight must be within 8 kg and the dimension must not exceed 55 x 40 x 23 cm. As per the Lufthansa baggage policy, the child carry-on luggage must contain the following –

  • Warm clothing
  • A favorite toy
  • A small amount of cash 
  • Medications that need to be taken during the flight or at the destination, if necessary.
  • Fee checked baggage allowance and is included in the price of the ticket.

Unaccompanied Minor Escort at the Airport

As per the Lufthansa unaccompanied policy, the person listed on the unaccompanied minor form under ‘Escort on arrival’ is the person who will pick up the child at their destination. In addition – 

  • A person who would be picking up the child must present a valid photo ID before the child is released into their care. 
  • Unaccompanied children are normally picked up behind the ‘Baggage Reclaim’ area for the applicable flight at their destination airport.

Lufthansa Unaccompanied Minor Fee

As per the unaccompanied minor policy, in addition to the adult ticketed fare the service charged for the children travelling alone applies per person per route, such as  –

Zone/RouteUnaccompanied minor fee (in USD) per person per route
Within Germany, Switzerland, and Austria95
Europe including flights within Germany, Switzerland, and Austria95
North Africa and flights within Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Kazakhstan, and Turkmenistan105
The Middle East, Central Africa, and Arab region including Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Iran, Nigeria, South Africa, Ethiopia, Bahrain, Oman, and Kuwait130
Medium haul and intercontinental flights including US East Coast, Canada East Coast, India, Equatorial Guinea, Kenya, Tanzania, Angola, and Maldives140
Long Haul intercontinental flights including US West Coast, Canada West Coast, South America, Japan, China, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, South Africa, and Seychelles170

Lufthansa is one of the very few airlines in the world that offers a service for unaccompanied minors travelling alone. To be able to avail the Lufthansa unaccompanied minor service, it is necessary for you to inform the airline about such travel in advance. You also need to  fill out the form and follow all the regulations and guidelines mentioned above. Only then your child can have hassle-free and convenient travel. 


Lufthansa Minor Policy – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Will Lufthansa allow minors to travel unaccompanied?

Lufthansa Unaccompanied minor policy allows children aged 5 to 11 to fly alone if they are not accompanied by another person aged 12 or older. Unaccompanied youngsters aged 12 to 17 can also use such a service if their parents choose.

How to fill out the Lufthansa unaccompanied minor form?

Unaccompanied minor form is available online on the lh.com and must be filled out 23 hours before the start of travel. 

Before filling the form, review the checklist of documents that you and your child needs at the time of travel.

Does Lufthansa allow unaccompanied minors to fly alone?

Yes, the airline allows passengers aged between 5 and 17 years to travel unaccompanied. The airline limits the requirement to 10 seats on each flight for minors travelling alone. Also, the airlines will not accept the unaccompanied minors on the connecting flights. 

How much does Lufthansa charge for unaccompanied children?

The Lufthansa unaccompanied minor service varies with the travel route and is applied per passenger each way. For instance, if unaccompanied minors are travelling within Denmark, Germany, and Switzerland they need 90 USD each way. On the other hand, if the passenger is flying on long-haul international flights such as to the US or Canada, they need to pay between 140 and 170 USD. To know the minor fee for specific regions and routes, check the fee section mentioned above.

Is the unaccompanied minor service fee refundable?

Yes, the service fee is refundable. If you cancel the Lufthansa Airlines booking and the minor does not travel, or of your flight is cancelled and you refuse to opt for an alternate flight.

Can Unaccompanied minor check luggage?

Yes, the standard checked and carry-on luggage policy will apply to the unaccompanied minors.

How do I accompany my child through security and boarding?

Once you reach the airport, go to the Lufthansa counter and show a valid photo ID alongside the copy of your child’s e-ticket, and request for an ‘Escort permit’. This will allow you and your child to pass through the security.

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6 thoughts on “Lufthansa Unaccompanied Minor Policy
  1. Carlos Hornedo on Reply

    We have an unaccompanied 17 years 11 months old travelling from Boston to Delhi changing planes in Munich. The return is from Mombay to Boston with a change of planes in Munich. Can she travel alone with Lufthansa?

  2. Shannon Russell on Reply

    My little sister Kay is 11 years old. I want to book a ticket with Lufthansa airline so that she can enjoy a solo trip. Is it possible to book a ticket for her ?

  3. Sadie Martin on Reply

    For my niece, I arranged a reservation with Lufthansa. I informed them that the ticket was for a minor after reading some of the major airline rules for booking an unaccompanied minor flight. When I travel to the airport, they verify my ID and a copy of my niece’s ticket before letting me carry her. This shows that airlines fully protect the safety of their minor passengers.

  4. Martha Hanson on Reply

    I need to go to Germany urgently. I want to use Lufthansa Airlines to do this. However, I have to bring along my 4-year-old son. Should I purchase a separate ticket for him or can children travel on the same ticket with the airline?

  5. Patricia Brewer on Reply

    In one week, my 11- and 15-year-old children will be traveling as Unaccompanied minors on Lufthansa. To put it simply, choosing to go as an UMA for my 15 years was a big problem . Are there any pictures of the MUC’s UMA room? My 15-year-old does not want to be with other kids. I just want to see if it would be comfortable for them to travel alone on the Lufthansa flight.

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