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Children and Babies

Babies (INF) are passengers that, at the date of the flight, are older than 7 days and younger than 2 years.
Children (CHD) are passengers that, at the date of the flight, are between the age of 2 and 11 years.

Transport Limitations and Baggage

A passenger 15 years old may escort only 1 baby (INF).
The maximum number of infants on board depends of the aircraft type and specifically, the number of additional oxygen masks and available infant belts on board the aircraft.
When travelling with infants or children it will be allowed to transport, free of charge, a baby stroller/basket and a baby chair as checked baggage.

Seating for Passengers with Babies

Children and passengers travelling with babies must not be seated at emergency exit rows.
Passengers with babies may only be seated in seats where a supplementary oxygen mask is available.

Documents

In addition to specific documents that may be required, (e.g. Declaration of Unaccompanied Minors, document used to obtain subsidized fares, etc.). Portuguese and foreign minors residing in Portugal, are requested to present the following documentation:

DOMESTIC OR INTRA-SCHENGEN FLIGHTS (WITHOUT CUSTOM CONTROL)

Accompanied or unaccompanied minors
Valid identification document (B.I., birth certificate/personal schedule ”cédula pessoal” or passport);

Emancipated Minors
A minor is emancipated either through marriage or by decision of his / her parents, attaining full legal capacity to rule his / her life and therefore no longer requires a travel permit. In order to prove the emancipated status, the person concerned only needs to exhibit the respective marriage certificate or birth certificate, depending on the case.

NON SCHENGEN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS (WITH CUSTOM CONTROL)

Minors accompanied by their legal guardians (usually legal guard belongs to both parents)
Valid identification document (passport or any other identification document accepted for transportation in both countries);

Minors resident abroad (outside Portugal) accompanied by who has no legal guardian or unaccompanied
Valid identification document (passport or other identification document accepted for transportation in both countries) and written authorisation dated and signed by the person who has minor’s legal guard validated by the Portuguese embassy or consulate in the foreign country;

Minors residents in Portugal accompanied by who has no legal guard or unaccompanied
valid identification document and written authorisation dated and signed by the person who has minor’s legal guard validated by Notary’s Office, empowering the designated accompanying person duly identified:

  • Minor, son of married parents (to one another): the travel permit must be granted and signed by one of the parents, only if the child is travelling without either of them; in the cases where the child is travelling in the company of one parent, no permit is required, provided there is no opposition by the other parent*;
  • Minor, son of divorced parents, individual and possessions declared separated, or parents which marriage was declared null: the travel permit must be granted and signed by the parent holding custody and / or with whom the minor resides. In cases of joint parental responsibility, the minor may leave the country with either of them, provided there is no opposition by the other parent*;
  • Minor orphan of one parent: the travel permit must be issued and signed by the living parent;
  • Minor, whose parentage has been determined in relation to one parent only: the travel permit must be issued and signed by the person whose parenthood has been established;
    Minor, whose custody has been awarded to a third person or to an education or social assistance establishment: in such cases, the travel permit must be granted and signed by the person to whom the courts awarded the parental responsibility;
  • Minor under tutelage: the travel permit to minor, whose parents died or have been inhibited from holding the parental power, or who have been unable for a period exceeding 6 months from holding parental power, or who are unknown, and who have been placed by the court under tutelage of a third person, must be granted and signed by the tutor designated by the Minor’s Court. In the absence of someone with the right conditions to receive the tutelage of the minor, the same can be placed under the tutelage of an educational or social assistance establishment, either public or private, in which case it is up to the respective Director to grant and sign the travel permit;
    Adopted minor or minor going through adoption procedure: the travel permit in such cases must be granted by the adoptive parent or by one of the adoptive parents in case they are married;
  • Emancipated Minor: a minor is emancipated either through marriage or by decision of his / her parents, attaining full legal capacity to rule his / her life and therefore no longer requires a travel permit. In order to prove the emancipated status, the person concerned only needs to exhibit the respective marriage certificate or birth certificate, depending on the case.

  • * Opposing the exit of a minor from national territory:
  • When a parent opposes the exit of a minor from national territory, the parent or a person who holds parental power may directly inform the Immigration and Borders Service (Serviço de Estrangeiro e Fronteiras / SEF).

A notary validation consists in a declaration confirming that someone’s signature belongs to a specific person (Identification document, date of issuance and place). This validated declaration shall also testify the relationship or any other which associates the minor with the author of the authorisation.
The declaration must have the notary stamp and the white seal.

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Children Travelling Alone