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Travel advice regarding minors entering the UAE - effective 1 June 2018

Latest update: 01 Jun 2018 12:15 HKT (GMT+8)

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) government has recently issued a notice to all airlines regarding a new regulatory requirement on all minors (children under 18 years old) travelling to the UAE which will be effective on 1 June 2018.

All children and minors aged below 18 years old shall fulfil the following to be permitted entry to the United Arab Emirates:

  • If not travelling with a parent / guardian with the same surname, they shall have the document available to prove their relationship, e.g. copy of birth certificate

  • If travelling are with other adults (18 years old or above), an authorization letter signed by the parents or guardian together with copy of birth certificate or affidavit will be required.

    Note: The UAE will not provide an official form/sample of authorization letter for reference.

  • If travelling alone and aged 6 – 17, they are required to travel as an unaccompanied minor by adopting the airlines formal unaccompanied minor procedure.

Any person unable to fulfil the above requirements will be refused entry.